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Old 12-04-2006, 10:26 AM   #1
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Hello All=
I've never brewed before but long enjoyed my friends home brew and micro's in the U.S. Now i'm living/working in Thailand and really want to brew some GOOD BEER! It is very expensive to ship large items over so i'm looking for the DIY guide to making the equipment. I know I can get the ingredients sent from some friends in the U.S.
Please Help Me! I really need some good dark beer.
Thanks in advance,
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Old 12-04-2006, 10:32 AM   #2
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That's a lot to answer but in it's most basic form you need.

For good beer (no sugar)
Ingredients you need at least
Malt extract and yeast. You can use some sugar but the beer will not be as good.

For equipment you can do it in a plastic bucket then put into bottles with a little sugar.

Anything else will help you make better beer.


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Old 12-04-2006, 12:31 PM   #3
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I'm looking for some good tips to get me in the right direction. I have access to plastic buckets and glass but not sure about the air locks etc... I can get the ingredient kits sent to me but not the heavy equipment... Any DIY advice with Pics out there= I'm pretty handy and have power tools etc...
Thanks Again, this swill is hardly beer to me!
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Old 12-04-2006, 12:37 PM   #4
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I can figure out the recipe from this site and books etc... It's really the equipment I can't get here= Please someone show me how to make it myself...
I own a bar/restaurant here on the beach and really need some good beer to go with it= Check us out @
www.1morebeer.net

if someone can help me get this going I offer a great place to stay in Thailand for free
-Tanukimo

 
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Old 12-04-2006, 01:25 PM   #5
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The only big/heavy brewing items I can think of would be primary fermenters (plastic buckets), a boil pot, and a glass secondary vessel. The rest is fairly light.

Find a stainless/aluminum pot capable of 2-5 gallon boils. You can get this there or probably have it if you have a restaurant.

Find a good food-grade 6-6.5 gallon bucket and lid. Get a glass bottle that can hold 5 gallon somewhere (or several 1-2g. glass bottles) that you can stopper/airlock. Food-grade buckets can be obtained for restaurants, etc. so if you own one, you are good to go. Try order some sot sauce or something in bulk...

You can do your primary fermentation in the plastic (just need one hole drilled in top for the airlock) and its ideal to do secondary/clearing in glass, but if you can't obtain glass, leaving it in plastic 2-3 weeks shouldn't hurt much.

Have your friend send you some stoppers, plastic tubing, and airlocks from the US. Also, bottle caps. Airlocks, caps, and stoppers weigh maybe 1-2oz each. He can send this with the first shipment of ingredients he sends you. Ingredients are going to weigh probably 10lb. for a "kit" of grains, malt extracts, etc. so hopefully shipping 10lb isn't an issue. Either way, the stoppers and small equipment is easier to ship than ingredients. This should be all you really need to get started.

Of course you will need bottles to bottle the 5 gallons of beer when complete. You'll need 45-50 bottles roughly, so hopefully you can get these there. I'd assume you could if you run a restaurant, but who knows... They cannot be twist top, but bottle opener type (and able to accept carbonation) capable of taking the new crowns/caps your friend will send. Or you can use plastic soda bottles if necessary. 20oz. Coke or A&W root beer will work. The root beer is better due to the brown plastic. Drink a lot of these and you'll have some fairly cheap bottles (cheaper than shipping). Or, if you are looking to do this in bulk and to serve on tap at the restaurant you will need corny kegs and C02. This is definitely heavy, so I'm not sure how you would get this. Bottling is probably a better route... Heck, you can always bottle in soda bottles and just pour into a glass for yourself and/or customers?

That should do it. I don't know much about Thailand, the products they sell (do they even sell A&W rootbeer there?!), shipping, etc. but you should be able to pull it off if the shipping of ~10lb. at a time isn't too costly...


 
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Old 12-04-2006, 03:16 PM   #6
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You're thinking in terms of supplying your restaurant? What sort of volume? Brewpastor uses steam-heated soup kettles. Restaurant supply houses should have pots, strainers, etc. Hardware stores for valves, connectors and hose. One larger setups, you use blowoff hoses, rather than airlocks. Australia might be a better source for malts & bottling supplies.
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Old 12-04-2006, 03:24 PM   #7
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Airlocks are cheap and light, but if you're looking for a substitute, either a blow off tube or a stopper / tube would work fine.
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Old 12-04-2006, 03:46 PM   #8
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Hmmm... checked out the website and looks like you are doin alright as is. Restaurant and bar on the beach. Fully stocked with spirits and international beers... Restaurant jeep, etc.

Are you looking into home-brewing for the restaurant as to make it more of a micro-brew? My first impression was you had little-no beer to serve there, but if you are doin OK as is, I'm curious as to the motive? If you are looking to supply a successful restaurant with tap beer you are going to need to do more and obtain more heavy equipment than I initially posted my reply based on. 5 gallon batches are not going to fulfill the demand of a successful restaurant for long...

If its just for hobby purposes, then see the posts above for a good start.

 
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Old 12-04-2006, 05:08 PM   #9
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Pay for my ticket and I'll come be your brew master!!!!

I can fetch some ingredients with me.

That beach look awesome.
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Old 12-06-2006, 11:17 AM   #10
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Thanks All-
I am trying to brew for personal use only. We have plenty of 'beer' at the bar but it's Singha, Tiger, Chang, and Heineken- I really miss the good beer available in the U.S. and now need to try my hand at making some.
Silkky I appreciate the help, I don't have A&W here but other similar bottles are no problem, I have plenty of beer bottles that I would guess could be washed/sanitized and used again? The boil pot I have and I'll start lookin for the bigger food grade plastic/ glass= I know they are here somewhere...
I'm checking into Australia for ordering ingredients=
Thanks again I'll post more with pics- as I get it together- really busy lately...
It's Beautiful here but something is missin... Good Beer!
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