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Old 03-16-2013, 01:34 AM   #1
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Well I was down at my local Brew Pub the other day. And after paying $18.95 to fill a 2L growler, I thought there has to be a better way. Fortunately one of my buddies has a carboy that was not being used. And a LHBS opened up a few blocks down the street. I am pretty sure most of you know the rest of the Story.

The simple recipe for my first batch was:

8lb liquid malt
4oz Cascade
2oz Crystal
WLP001


I wanted to drink as soon as possible so I decided to use a keg and I just do not have time for bottles. On Wed. night I keg/carbonated my first ever batch of HB and started cooking the next batch at the same time. It has taken a couple of days for the carbonation to set in. This evening as I write this it tastes as good as any of the beer I have ever had.

I have used this site for reference and assurance many times over the past few weeks and thanks to all who contribute. I hope to never buy beer from the Corner Market again. Unless a hot chick wants a light Beer.

Here are a couple of pics of my setup.


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I feel the same way, my company sent me to Munich for a couple months; ever since then I've been hooked on wheat beer, and also the Belgian "white" beer.

My first batch of Belgian Wit came out great! I shoulda been doing this a long time ago


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I had a feeling That I was not the only one.

Here is another pic I took with a digital Microscope.
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And here are the ingredients for the batch that is currently Fermenting:


.5# Caravienne
.5# Carapilis
.5# 40L Crystal/Caramel

9# liquid Malt

4oz Chinook

There is an optional Dry Hop and I have not yet decided to use.
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I like the photomicrograph. Darndest thing I ever saw,looks like bubbles containing yeast cells. Quite orderly for what looks like chaos in the fermenter. Recipe looks ok for a pale ale. I'm getting ready to do a PM IPA with marris otter,pale malt (both from crisp),crystal 40L,& carapils,with some plain light DME. According to BS2,it should duplicate the amber orange color I was getting from my AE PA/APA/IPA base recipe with those wonderful English malt flavors.
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If you think you're going to save money by homebrewing, all I have to say is "good luck!"

That is a tough path to follow.
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Well I was down at my local Brew Pub the other day. And after paying $18.95 to fill a 2L growler, I thought there has to be a better way. Fortunately one of my buddies has a carboy that was not being used. And a LHBS opened up a few blocks down the street. I am pretty sure most of you know the rest of the Story.

The simple recipe for my first batch was:

8lb liquid malt
4oz Cascade
2oz Crystal
WLP001


I wanted to drink as soon as possible so I decided to use a keg and I just do not have time for bottles. On Wed. night I keg/carbonated my first ever batch of HB and started cooking the next batch at the same time. It has taken a couple of days for the carbonation to set in. This evening as I write this it tastes as good as any of the beer I have ever had.

I have used this site for reference and assurance many times over the past few weeks and thanks to all who contribute. I hope to never buy beer from the Corner Market again. Unless a hot chick wants a light Beer.

Here are a couple of pics of my setup.
Dood, is that FOOD in your kegerator?
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If you think you're going to save money by homebrewing, all I have to say is "good luck!"

That is a tough path to follow.
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I think the fact that he owns a digital microscope suggests that money isn't the issue per se, its giving the money to the corner store.
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Looks like juice & berries to me. And saving $$ on brewing isn't too hard. I get local spring water from the source for 10c per gallon,I'm starting yeast washing,& PM brewing saves,on average,10-12 bucks per batch as well. Which over the course of 4 PM brews went towards needed new equipment.
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I have only one fridge right now. And I have the Micro. from other projects.


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