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Old 02-15-2007, 11:49 PM   #1
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Default Potential new brewer needs help

I am looking to possibly start homebrewing and wondered if it was worth all the time, money, and work. I am not a hardcore drinkiner by any means but do enjoy a good beer on occasion and feel that there would probably be some added pleasure in sitting back with a cold one of my "own". Maybe it is only because it is winter and I am penned up in the house but for some reason trying the homebrewing thing popped in my head. I was hoping for some guidance on weather or not to give it a shot and if so what type of equipment is best. Thanks, in advance for the help.

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Old 02-15-2007, 11:53 PM   #2
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Just look around, friend! Cheap, easy and soooo addicting! It is a blas to create recipes not available from the stores. Hard ciders, and lemonades, too. I never make a clone type beer, only stuff friends can't taste from stores. It is fun, to say the least. But be careful...there is no turning back....wuhaaahaahaa

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Old 02-16-2007, 12:17 AM   #3
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If you have doubts you should hang with a brewer for a while to learn and sample before heading down a path of indestruction like we have...

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Old 02-16-2007, 12:39 AM   #4
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I'm about 2 months in and hopelessly addicted to brewing. Not for the beer, for the rewards of making your own beer.

In hindsight, I wish I had bought either the starter or Intermediate kit with Better Bottles:

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/produ...Cat=11166&fd=1

I'm always scared I'm going to break my glass carboys and I ordered a Better Bottle this week as my secondary after reading through the forum.

Good luck and cheers!

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Old 02-16-2007, 12:41 AM   #5
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Do you have a lot of friends that enjoy great beer? You might find happiness in sharing your hobby with them. Generally, it's not too hard to give away beer. I liken it to holding a good dinner party.

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Old 02-16-2007, 02:20 AM   #6
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I didn't drink a whole lot of beer before I started homebrewing. I would buy the occasional 6-pack of Bass or Guinness, or SNPA, or something... depending on what I was in the mood for. I got into it as a hobby that I could tinker with and work with for the rest of my life. I had no idea all the fun and anxiety it can be sometimes, but it's fantastic.

As it is, I probably donate 1/2 of what I make to friends and family anyway.

But, I can honestly say with a straight face that I have a much better attitude and am a happier, more agreeable person since I began brewing. There's just something about it that makes ya feel good about yourself.

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Definately give it a shot. You can get a starter kit for cheap, and be making great beers in no time at all.

Not going to lie to you, it does involve "work". Bottling day is a good example. But it is work with rewards. It will also give you a deeper appreciation for beer. Before I started homebrewing last July, I had tried a few microbrews and liked them, but never really payed attention to the complex flavors of a beer.

Brewing is alot like cooking, you follow a recipe or just come up with something on your own, and make it. Unless your batch goes bad for some reason (rare), you have a result that will most likely be pretty damn good, even if it wasn't exactly what you were shooting for.

Brewing beer is the ultimate hobby.

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Old 02-16-2007, 02:57 AM   #8
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Not going to lie to you, it does involve "work". Bottling day is a good example. But it is work with rewards. It will also give you a deeper appreciation for beer. Before I started homebrewing last July, I had tried a few microbrews and liked them, but never really payed attention to the complex flavors of a beer.

Totally agree--before I started homebrewing I preferred English beers, but I couldn't really tell you the difference between a porter and a stout, or a bitter and a pale ale, or whatever. Now, I get way more pleasure from a single beer than I ever did from drinking til I couldn't stand up. It's almost like magic to see the weird, vaguely distressing stew-like gunk get transformed into really, really good beer. And I promise--it's easy to make a good batch, and a good batch of homebrew will blow the hell out of any beer you'll ever buy, period. I never knew beer could taste this good!
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I spent 50 bucks for my first brew and really enjoyed it. Now I've got a couple hundred in and about to spend a couple hundred more to go all grain...it can be expensive, but it's fun and drinking something you made...there's nothing like it really!


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Do you have a lot of friends that enjoy great beer? You might find happiness in sharing your hobby with them. Generally, it's not too hard to give away beer. I liken it to holding a good dinner party.
Yeah, I'm only into my first batch, bottling this weekend, and i already have way way more friends than I did before. Lots and lots ob neighbors are giving me bottles.
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