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Old 04-28-2006, 05:47 AM   #1
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Well first off....im so glad I have found this site. I am a college student and love nothing more than quality Ale's and when i found out about home brewing I went through the roof. I have two main concerns dealing with home brewing, before I go out and drop dollars on equipment.

1. I love great pale ale's, can i bring that same great taste to my home while making home brews, or is homemade beer more just for the sake of making it in your home then actual taste?

2. I have already done a decent amount of research and found out, and it was a killer that you are not suppose to drink your beer's from your bottles because the yeast will give ya mad gas. Well I love drinking beer from bottles and not glass's so is there a way to be able to drink the beer from the bottles?

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Old 04-28-2006, 06:09 AM   #2
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1. My favorite beer is pale ale also and I am currently drinking a homebrewed one that taste better than the majority of the ones out there.

2. If you are going to bottle and not keg you add priming sugar then the yeast will produce co2 known as bottle conditioning giving you carbonation. Buying a keg set and a beer gun or counter pressure bottle filler would do what you want but this gets $$$ but is the direction you will go if you stick with it.

Before I got a keg actually I still just use pint glasses to drink my brew.

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I won't drink a beer unless it's in a glass. NOT PLASTIC!!

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Old 04-28-2006, 11:58 AM   #4
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You can still drink the beer from the bottle, I've known a lot of homebrewers that do this! Personally, I don't like to drink the yeast sediment in the bottom because of "teh gasssss"!

If you are attached the the bottle . . . . . . you could keg and then bottle as mentioned above. There are also filtration systems that help you get the yeast out, but these (I believe) also require a kegging setup.

What is so great about drinking from bottles? IMHO, you lost the aesthetic pleasure of seeing your beer, enjoying its color and its aroma. Seeing a beer go into a glass, to me, is performance art at its finest.

Just my $.02

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Old 04-28-2006, 12:15 PM   #5
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1. I love great pale ale's, can i bring that same great taste to my home while making home brews, or is homemade beer more just for the sake of making it in your home then actual taste?
the reason most people get into home brewing is to be able to create beers that rival or even exceed anything you can get commercially.
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Old 04-28-2006, 12:35 PM   #6
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If you're looking for a simple, inexpensive kit you can get them at any homebrew store or online for less than $100. I am so happy with the one I got (Deluxe Starter from Northern Brewer http://www.northernbrewer.com/starterkits.html ) and have brewed two batches with it already. I decided to go this route because I knew i loved beer and would love brewing even more. It didn't make sense to me to buy a cheap kit for $75, then another $175 later when I upgrade.

If you love beer, which you say you do - you will love brewing and watching it ferment! Its unbelievable!

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I won't drink a beer unless it's in a glass. NOT PLASTIC!!
There have been a few times I've had to serve my home brew in plastic cups and I couldn't believe how much more foam was produced. Hey when you are at the park it just isn't convenient to bring glasses.
I agree that it is cool to pour your home brew into a glass so you can see the color and the head. You can also smell your beer and appreciate the malt and hop aromas. You can't appreciate good beer without seeing and smelling it before you taste it.
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Heh, I gave up tourny paintballing and decided to dive into a new hobby. Well here i am. This is a great site, mucho info on everything.

As for the drinking from the bottle. Well you may change your mind when you get into enjoying all the aspects of your beer. And pouring into a glass allows to to see your clarity and color, and get much more of the aroma than you normally would from the bottle.

*edit Sorry RichBrewer I guess I should read others posts before stating the same thing right underneath them

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I agree that it is cool to pour your home brew into a glass so you can see the color and the head. You can also smell your beer and appreciate the malt and hop aromas. You can't appreciate good beer without seeing and smelling it before you taste it.
It's also quite amazing how different the head will be in different shaped glasses.
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It's also quite amazing how different the head will be in different shaped glasses.
and at different temps
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