Northern Italy Homebrewers?

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BrewScandolo

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Benvenuto! CO2 has been a problem here for me. I found a place near me that does refills but I also have a US tank and they complained after they filled it. I guess they were only used to the big ol' iron tanks. I'll PM you the name of the place if you're interested.
I know that you need to have a P.IVA number (Italian version of VAT, TIN,number to legally purchase a tank but I've heard tales of Americans picking them up anyway. All depends who you find.

No official club yet but I'm always open to meet up. BTW, I'm just outside Vicenza.
 

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We just cam from England and I had the same problem there as you needed a commercial account(pub, store, business) in order to get a cylinder and have it filled. I worked my way around it so sounds the same here. Sounding valve is great to ferment under pressure but doesn't help in maintain carbonation and serving beer from a tap. I plan on ordering ingredients from Pinta eventually once I get settled here. Definitely shoot me the name of your source if you don't mind. Maybe I can take a trip to get my US cylinder filled to get started at least.
 

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Also I'm assuming they had an adapter for thenAmerican spec threads on your tank. Or do you have one? I was trying to find a UNI 4406 coupler nut in the event I get an Italian cylinder I'll be able to attach my regulator to it.
 

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Message sent.

BeerWhale had an Italian tank but he's no longer in the country. I seem to recall that he found the adapter online. I don't think it was that big of a problem.....or maybe I just don't remember right:drunk:
 

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Hi guys!! New member here from Italy..
I was wondering if you have some experience with cider making in your past or present.. I made my second batch 3 weeks ago and I might be done with fermenting..
Can I ask some tips here to you or just make a trip down in the cider-side of the forums? :p
 

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I don't know anything about cider, unfortunately. On another note, where are all the Le Marche brewers?? :p
I've read that "note", Le Marche, inside this thread, I really don't know.. :) I'm pretty fresh about brewing..

I joined this forums also to have a little conversation about if I'm doing good.. :p Having knowledge only from youtube and some articles..
 

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Sorry, never made cider but it's something I've always been interested to try. I'll swing by the cider forums one of these days...
 

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Hey Ivan,

So I made my first "cider" this year. I followed the Graff recipe and grain bill here: https://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=117117

I used commercial apple juice, E. Kent Goldings, and Safale S-05. I had a pilsner at 0.5 °C in my fermentation chamber so I had to ferment at ambient temps. Seemed like it took forever to reach FG, even at a high ambient temperature. Anyway, I was tasting during fermentation and it was much better before FG. When fermentation was done, I cold crashed and used DME to prime (using bottles to give away). Final result is that it is way too dry and actually, it is lacking body. I also over carbonated, so its like a sour apple champagne. Oh well, I tried. Just thought I'd share my experience. Forse ho fatto un bel casino. :(
 

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Hello All,

I just accepted an offer for Vicenza and wanted to touch base with any homebrewers that might still be in the area.

I've read some of the threads here and other sites and was looking for updated information and to reach out to any of the folks still in Vicenza.

Since I'm a GS civilian I have the ability to get a decent sized house off post (i've been stationed in germany in the military and as a civilian so nothing new here other than differences between housing allowances) so i'll be brewing over there and possibly growing my hops (assuming i can get rhizomes over in italy or manage to get some of my rhizome clippings brought over).

I'm looking for any helpful information on taking my ingredients (all still sealed of course) and any helpful information on what to buy here now versus waiting to get to Vicenza ? (ive already got my kegs and associated equipment and know about the italian laws about refilling Co2 tanks etc , but any information that might be helpful is appreciated).

I'm looking at bringing over my propane setup of burners etc and know about high cost of getting propane refilled on post, but also was looking at converting to electric as needed (tri clamp euro 220 elements in my keggles and RIMS tube).

Any homebrewing clubs in the area are appreciated and any updated Italian homebrew sites or physical locations are appreciated. I've ordered from the normal german/belguim/netherlands shops while i was in germany and was wondering if anyone has had any issues getting supplies from non italian countries?
 

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I’ve been gone for over a year, but while there, was quite happy with the ingredient availability. Pinta in Marostica was a great shop (https://www.pinta.it/en). The younger guys spoke enough English. The only thing they didn’t have is liquid yeast. I paid a bunch of shipping costs to get stuff from the US (delivered during moderate weather) and made large starters to harvest yeast to keep it going (at least for the few without a good dry alternative).

I also remember that kegs were in short supply at the time. I brought all my kegging equipment, but then realized that regulator standard is different there and needed a new one.

If you’re a hophead, shipping from the US might be worthwhile. I think I paid €50 for a pound of Citra.

Italian beer has a long way to go, but it takes you back to the real reason you homebrew. Enjoy your tour!
 
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thanks for the heads up!

i speak german and I can speak a little italian so i am hoping to get fluent on italian soon so wont have the language barrier.

worst case i have some friends in belguim and some relatives in belguim/luxemborg/germany that can get me hops plus my bro will be flying over frequently for vaca and has promised to provide yeast and hops and other stuff in his baggage (he's ex military too and has been to vicenza when stationed over in europe)..

any local clubs that are big on homebrewing?

ability to bring ingredients over? (ive got a lot of 5 and 10 pound bags of grain and lots of sealed factory bags of hops and yeast) cant find much in the regs on shipping that stuff and worst case I just pay off the movers who come to box my stuff up.
 

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I'm from North Italy (Turin) and I produce my beer near Asti. I usually buy malt from some local malt company like Malteria Monferrato in Villanova d'Asti but sometime it is necessary order malt in Germany (Rhonmalz is a good company) or UK. Hop is not a problem because I grow it on my own.
 

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I'm from North Italy (Turin) and I produce my beer near Asti. I usually buy malt from some local malt company like Malteria Monferrato in Villanova d'Asti but sometime it is necessary order malt in Germany (Rhonmalz is a good company) or UK. Hop is not a problem because I grow it on my own.
Ciao Daniele96!

I live in Turin and have been looking for a local shop to purchase Malt, hops and yeast. Would you be able to give me some pointers should you know any?

Thanking you kindly in advance
 

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Ciao Daniele96!

I live in Turin and have been looking for a local shop to purchase Malt, hops and yeast. Would you be able to give me some pointers should you know any?

Thanking you kindly in advance
Once there was Menietti in Piazza Savoia, Turin center. Now it is closed and you must order everything on internet (malt and hops). You can go in Collegno to purchase something as boilers and barrels
 
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