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Old 07-10-2013, 07:26 AM   #1
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I'm on a tight budget and can't just get whatever I need. I'm wondering what a first time brewer needs to get started. I can get a bucket with a lid at lowes but a carboy is a little expensive so far as I've seen locally. I have the ability to add a valve on the bucket but would not know where on the bucket would be optimal. I have a still not put together yet but would assemble it to avoid losing a beer, wine, or mead.

What I have now,

20 qt. stock pot.
3 - 1000 ml bottles
Only going to use pizza crust yeast cause its fun
3 - empty coffe cans that can hold two lbs. of grain ( airtight )
Strainer 3in wide that is easily sanitizable by boiling
A pill bottle I keep flavoring in
A basement that's always 60*F


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Old 07-10-2013, 07:34 AM   #2
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Are you planning on doing all grain?
Either way you'll probably want a hydrometer. It's the only way you can be certain fermentation is done.


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Old 07-10-2013, 11:35 AM   #3
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What sized batches do you want to make? Are you planning on making prison wine type stuff as bread type yeasts tend to not give great flavors. Extract/Partial Mash/All Grain?

Bare minimum equipment needed for extract beer is a pot to boil it in, something to ferment in with some sort of airlock (can use foil in a pinch), some way of sanitizing things, some hose to syphon the beer so you do not oxidize it, and bottles with some way to cap it.

Then there are the extracts and hops and yeast, but that goes without saying.
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:27 PM   #4
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I'm probably going to do 5 gal batches. Not really a fan of store bought beer taste and want to take my shot at making something tasty. Hydrometers are sold near me so ill have to get one. What about those beer kit with the fancy fermenter. Would it have a hydrometer?
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some do. And to do 5 gallon batches,the lowes or home depot 5 gallon buckets are too small. You need 6-6.5 gallon bucket to allow head space for the expanding krausen foam that developes on the fermenting beer. & please don't use bread dough yeast. doesn't taste that good in beer,trust me.
Get some dry yeast,it's only about $3.75.
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I will get yeast for beer. Only using it for mead. Cause I like the bready taste with fruity overtones. It isn't just bread yeast btw its pizza crust yeast..

Btw my first brew consist of

3 tbsp of honey
3 tbsp of brown sugar
3 tbsp of white sugar
3 sun dried prunes ( mixed with yeast and 2oz water)
1 tsp Fleischmann's pizza dough yeast
Borough water
Kraken 750ml rum bottle rinsed at 120*F

I added another two sun dried prunes on day two

I used 120 degree water to ferment and it was around 110 when I pitch the yeast it was like adding yeast water to 110 F water ( this is the operating range of bread yeast) and when I did it the action was rigorous and consistent.

It smells amazing going on day 5. It would make a good mash for distilling but idk how it would taste bottling it. The yeast is solid on the bottom and does not move easily when jostled. Like cement.
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Btw my first brew consist of

3 tbsp of honey
3 tbsp of brown sugar
3 tbsp of white sugar
3 sun dried prunes ( mixed with yeast and 2oz water)
1 tsp Fleischmann's pizza dough yeast
Borough water
Kraken 750ml rum bottle rinsed at 120*F

I added another two sun dried prunes on day two

I used 120 degree water to ferment and it was around 110 when I pitch the yeast it was like adding yeast water to 110 F water ( this is the operating range of bread yeast) and when I did it the action was rigorous and consistent.

It smells amazing going on day 5. It would make a good mash for distilling but idk how it would taste bottling it. The yeast is solid on the bottom and does not move easily when jostled. Like cement.
Sweet jesus... please post tasting notes when you sample it, for my sheer morbid curiosity.
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Where did you learn recipes like that?
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Btw my first brew consist of

3 tbsp of honey
3 tbsp of brown sugar
3 tbsp of white sugar
3 sun dried prunes ( mixed with yeast and 2oz water)
1 tsp Fleischmann's pizza dough yeast
Borough water
Kraken 750ml rum bottle rinsed at 120*F

I added another two sun dried prunes on day two

I used 120 degree water to ferment and it was around 110 when I pitch the yeast it was like adding yeast water to 110 F water ( this is the operating range of bread yeast) and when I did it the action was rigorous and consistent.

It smells amazing going on day 5. It would make a good mash for distilling but idk how it would taste bottling it. The yeast is solid on the bottom and does not move easily when jostled. Like cement.
Oh Lord... I just about gagged reading this.

Do you realize that this won't make anything that even has a passing resemblance to beer? You could MAYBE stretch it to a weird mead of some kind, but there's not a single component in this that makes it beer.

Prunes? Pizza dough yeast?

<runs to toilet, barely holding down breakfast>
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I am actually hoping this is a troll thread


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