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Old 11-03-2009, 06:13 AM   #11
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And get another batch going two or three weeks after you brew the first one. Trust me.
yeah, i would drink a few a day if my wife would let me. for a while there i was on a role, and she finally gave me an ultimatum; only get to drink twice a month . so, i proably won't be going through it too fast. then again, maybe i can convince her it is merely for artisinal/learning purposes .

i gotta say, i'm a seasoned member on three other boards (all car/racing related) and i have never seen this many responses this fast. i can tell this is gonna be a great site to learn from. thanks!


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Old 11-03-2009, 02:10 PM   #12
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If you like a Belgian Wit, you should try the Austin Homebrew Supply Belgian White Beer or Hoegaarden White Clone. I have the Belgian White kit on tap in my kegerator, this is how it turned out.

I would echo the advice of the previous poster who recommended making a few cheap kits to get your process down and then moving on. It isn't that there are that much harder, but you will make mistakes, so it is easier to make cheap mistakes. Check out Austin Homebrew Supply's 50 cent beers. I have made the Belgian White (see above), Texas Blonde, and Ordinary Bitter. All have turned out great. The only flaw was one that I unfortunately added (see thread on Texas Blonde).

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Old 11-03-2009, 05:27 PM   #13
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yeah, i would drink a few a day if my wife would let me. for a while there i was on a role, and she finally gave me an ultimatum; only get to drink twice a month .
I think if my g/f told me I could only drink twice a month, I'd either go to jail for beating her or leave her because I couldn't deal with her sober.

Kidding of course.

As for making high gravity beers, I want to clarify my original post.

Making high gravity beers in the 6-10% range isn't difficult. It's when you start breaking the 10% barrier that it starts to get fun. Yeast don't really like to deal with gravities much beyond 10%. They will, but it's extremely stressful on them and you risk a stuck fermentation every time. At this point, it really comes in handy to feed them sugar slowly. You start out with a 8 or 9% ABV beer, then add a few more pounds of sugar to the fermentor every few days or so. This allows the yeast to stay active and not become overwhelmed.

Read up on how Sam Adam's brewed their Utopias if you really want to get into high alcohol beers.
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yeah, i would drink a few a day if my wife would let me. for a while there i was on a role, and she finally gave me an ultimatum; only get to drink twice a month . so, i proably won't be going through it too fast. then again, maybe i can convince her it is merely for artisinal/learning purposes .

i gotta say, i'm a seasoned member on three other boards (all car/racing related) and i have never seen this many responses this fast. i can tell this is gonna be a great site to learn from. thanks!
I have to say...there are lots of fish in the sea. If she is that controlling...well, let's say that I would put her back in the ocean

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Old 11-03-2009, 06:28 PM   #15
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yeah, i would drink a few a day if my wife would let me. for a while there i was on a role, and she finally gave me an ultimatum; only get to drink twice a month .
So what's the ultimatum? only get to drink twice a month... or.... what?
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If it's no sex...I think I could do without for a few months and just go on a massive homebrew bender.
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If it's no sex...I think I could do without for a few months and just go on a massive homebrew bender.
yeah, i have gladly traded a few nights of beer for a few nights of sex. The last time i went out of state and brought back about $150 worth of Belgians, i think i went without for about a month straight (just couldn't stop drinking them).


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