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Old 02-06-2013, 07:52 PM   #1
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Any fellow homebrewers in or around the Culver City area?

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Old 02-08-2013, 07:17 PM   #2
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Santa Monica here

brewing has been severely limited by my daughter's birth in Oct

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Old 02-08-2013, 07:30 PM   #3
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Santa Monica here

brewing has been severely limited by my daughter's birth in Oct
Hey! Good to meet you and congrats on the baby!

I'm curious to hear some tips that another west sider might offer. I just got into brewing recently and have a couple batches already in the works. Figure we can compare notes.

I'm betting your neighborhood gets about the same kind of weather as I do in Culver City. It gets into the 50's during the "winter" at night, and probably about as hot as 85 in the dead of summer.

What do you use for temperature control during fermentation?
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i started with a water bath and frozen water bottles but it was too hard to maintain temps in the middle of summer

i bought a used minifridge off craigslist and made some conversions to fit a ale pale in there so I use that with a a419 temp controller

never had issues brewing in winter, the house usually doesn't get cold enough inside to impact the ferm temps

I buy most of my grain, yeast and misc supplies at Culver City HB but for big purchases and hops I shop online for much better pricing and selection

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i bought a used minifridge off craigslist and made some conversions to fit a ale pale in there so I use that with a a419 temp controller

never had issues brewing in winter, the house usually doesn't get cold enough inside to impact the ferm temps

I buy most of my grain, yeast and misc supplies at Culver City HB but for big purchases and hops I shop online for much better pricing and selection
Nice, I will have to keep an eye out for a fridge. Seems like this forum has a good pool of info on hacking them to work, at least enough to take away most of the worry factor.

CCBS is a great spot and (for the most part) those guys are all good to deal with. I like going in there to pick my own recipe. If you don't know already, they man that store randomly regardless of their posted hours. Superbowl Sunday they were staffed until 4!

How about your favorite craft beer spots? My local go-to is Waterloo & City restaurant. Good selection of beers and one hell of a menu if you're into charcuterie and cheeses.
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The staff at CCHB is very hit or miss for me, a few love to help, one hates to be bothered and another always insists you are wrong and he knows best. I tend to go in prepared with my own answers

I don't go out drinking too much but these are my go to spots locally:

Daily Pint

Library Ale House

Steingarten LA

I haven't been to Waterloo and City yet but someone was just telling me to check it out

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Ha! You nailed the assessment of CCBS and I think I know exactly who you are talking about. Seems that I get better service in there when it's 1:1. The more staff on site, the more awkward it gets.

I've done the Daily Pint but not the others - Will have to try em out.

If you do head over to Waterloo, let me recommend the beef Wellington. It's kickass with a glass of La Fin du Monde on the side. They make a lot of good "fancy" stuff too -- Never thought I'd say it, but I do look forward to their whipped chicken liver.

Good stuff. When you get brewing again let me know, I'd love to trade product!

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Hey guys, fellow homebrewer here from the south bay area! Inglewood to be exact. Just started home brewing about a month ago and have two brews under my belt.

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Old 09-24-2013, 08:56 PM   #9
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Seeing if anyone is up for a beer swap some time?

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Old 09-26-2013, 05:30 PM   #10
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Im in! When and where?

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