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Old 11-04-2013, 12:40 PM   #411
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BTW, its not something everyone agrees on but my go-to grain bag is a couple of laundry bags from Daiso.
Just got my tripel in the fermenter. Thanks for the awesome advice, Brendan! The laundry bag worked great!


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Old 11-05-2013, 10:42 AM   #412
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Any home brewers located in Misawa? I'm looking to get a small home brew club together. Share brews, ideas, and have some small brewing events. I'm here for another three years.



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Old 11-06-2013, 02:22 PM   #413
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EOD You are the first that I know of to post from as far north as Misawa! I had to look up where that was, and then of course I had to check the climate. Lucky you! You just need a heat pad and you are set all year!
Hope you find some people to brew with up there even if it means converting people to homebrewing first

Fencdar a tripel? Wow, that must have been pretty heavy to bag out!

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Fencdar a tripel? Wow, that must have been pretty heavy to bag out!
It was a small batch (<12L), so no serious issues. The mash was amazingly thick, though. My OG was 1.083, shooting for 1.088- not bad for a first-timer, I hope.

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Any home brewers located in Misawa? I'm looking to get a small home brew club together. Share brews, ideas, and have some small brewing events. I'm here for another three years.
I'm in Tokyo, but hoping to get up to Misawa soon for business (I is a vendar!). Maybe we can meet up for a beer then!
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It was a small batch (<12L), so no serious issues. The mash was amazingly thick, though. My OG was 1.083, shooting for 1.088- not bad for a first-timer, I hope.
Thats one of the other things about BIAB that I like, efficiency is usually pretty good. If you could dunk it into another pot with hot water you could probably get a small beer out of a "second sparge", although i dont know what style you would call it.
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Old 11-10-2013, 07:39 AM   #416
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Hello guys,

I am new to brewing and glad to see all of this useful information about brewing in Japan. I am located in Iwakuni which is about an hour or less south of Hiroshima. I am just introducing myself to the thread and seeing if there are any other home brewers in the area.

A little about myself is last year for Christmas my in-laws got me a Mr. Beer Kit with 3 standard recipe kits. First one I brewed was the Grand Bohemian Czech Pilsner which my buddies and I agreed it was pretty good. I did not have much luck with my 2nd brew attempt ( Aztec Mexican Cervesa ) was horrible which I think was contaminated; it was bad enough that I poured it down the drain. The third recipe kit was the St. Patrick's Irish Stout which I still haven't made. I did buy 3 additional recipe kits: White IPA - 2013 Spring Seasonal which is in the fermentor and will be bottling it tomorrow or the next day, Beach Babe Blonde which I have not made yet, and finally is the Raspberry Wheat which has been bottled for two weeks now. I have been doing a lot of research and have decided to upgrade to a 5 gallon batch kit with a couple recipe kits ; which I got from Midwest Supplies online. I am lucky that I can ship through the USPS since I am in the Military which is still expensive but not as expensive as getting it shipped other ways.

Sorry for the long post but I have one more question. I was wanting to try and brew some lagers and was wondering if any one had any good ways to keep the fermentation temps low enough for the lager yeast?

Thanks for any help and all the info on this thread.

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If you can get cheap postage then you're laughing
More beer in the states would be he way to go for a lot of your stuff
As far as lagers go a fermentation fridge is the way to go

Look up stc-1000 on here and ebay!

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I'm in Tokyo, but hoping to get up to Misawa soon for business (I is a vendar!). Maybe we can meet up for a beer then!
PM me when you're thinking about coming to the area. I'll let you know what I have bottled. I have a brown ale and a pumpkin beer almost ready to go!
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Welcome to the thread!
The Okinawa brewing enthusiasts are the ones closest to you I think, and many are military as well as far as I know. They have a group on FaceBook I think you can message them there to get added if you are on FB as well.

I don't know how cool it gets there but right now it is perfect lager brewing temp in kanagawa! A freezer with an stc 1000 is probably the way to go, I have an stc but no freezer yet and looking forward to that.
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Hello guys,

I am new to brewing and glad to see all of this useful information about brewing in Japan. I am located in Iwakuni which is about an hour or less south of Hiroshima. I am just introducing myself to the thread and seeing if there are any other home brewers in the area.

A little about myself is last year for Christmas my in-laws got me a Mr. Beer Kit with 3 standard recipe kits.

Sorry for the long post but I have one more question. I was wanting to try and brew some lagers and was wondering if any one had any good ways to keep the fermentation temps low enough for the lager yeast?

Thanks for any help and all the info on this thread.
Mr. Beer is how many start. You can get a drinkable beer but once you go into extract kits you will make very good beer that others will beg for from you. MoreBeer is the best place for getting things shipped here. They are priced well and quick.

As for your Lager, if you are down south then you will need some kind of temp control right now. I would recommend that you wait until later in the winter then all you need is to keep the beer warm. Right now even in Tokyo we need a way to keep the beer cold enough. Without a freezer or refridgerator you won't be able to keep it cold enough and consistant.


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