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Does anyone else brew their own beer/ale? i have been doing this for nearly a year now and have probably saved myself the cost of the initial outlay now. people often ask me what i use so here is the kit i bought to start myself off:

www.brewuk.co.uk/store...

the woodefordes ale is nice, it's not so aley so if you like lager, you will like it.

secondly if you are fortunate to know someone who works in a bar, you may be able to secure yourself 3x crates of used guinness/harp pint bottles and then you will need to sterilise these using VWP or suchlike. you can buy empty bottle caps and a capper in natures way on the upper newtownards road. i have to say the process of sterilising and botting is boring but no more than an hour or two's work.

ive managed to get a few of the boys in work brewing after they tried my ales and i think its fun. if you have any questions, fire away.

i have moved on to extract brewing, where i boil up my own hops and add in spraymalt etc - this stinks out the klitchen for a week but i had a little taste ealrlier in the week and it is probably gonna be the nicest beer ive brewed thus far

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Can I just buy some off you? lol

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i'd prefer it if you made your own so we could swap and compare!

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ps i think technically it would be illegal for me to sell my beer as it hasnt been food standards approved or something

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I'd love to make cider.

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I'd rather nip to Tesco or the back bar tbh.

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it's not for everyone but on economies of scale. £20 for 36 pints is not to be sniffed at, especially if its 100% natural ingredients and of premium quality.

cider can be done this way also but i think the process is much longer, over 10 months maybe. my mate in work did a perry in 6 weeks which was very nice

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Always been interested in this but always thought it was way out of my capabilities, i.e. id just make a load of shite and have wasted time and money and have stunk out the house for a month

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in the last few years home brewing has moved on a lot from the days of the boots kits our dads used.

what i think would be great would be a home brew night in the hudson this summer with different people bringing beers down and having a competition for the best one. hopefully by starting this thread some of you will get inspired to start your own!

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Did it in Uni... was fucking stinking and only ever got drank after a night out.

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that was beer btw..

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chep

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what are the risks? can u poison someone if u fuck it up?

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i always wanted to try this:

www.kegkits.com/kegera...

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no, the only real risk is that you could not properly sterilise the equipment and then you have 25litres of a vinegary smelling substance to pour down the drain.

this has yet to happen me

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i'd love to make a beer and give it to my dad and brother as an xmas present or something, how long does the process take?

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normally you get a kit with 2 cans, and you mix these together with 6l of boiling water and then fill up to 25l, then you wait for it to cool to about 24 degrees and then you add the sachet of yeast. you put the lid on and put it away for 2 or 3 weeks to let the yeast turn the sugar into alcohol.

then when this is done, i siphon the wort into a plastic keg with a tap and then leave that for 2 or 3 weeks (to clear) and then i stick on a device called a bottler to the tap and i use this to fill up 36 bottles (with a 1/4 teaspoon of sugar for carbonation & conditioning) and store these away. the longer you leave, the better these taste but generally 6 to 8 weeks for a good beer, longer for better! but you can have drinkable beer in a month at the very least.

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I have the kit and a coopers alcoholic ginger beer to make that I got for my bday last year. Still to take the plunge but def interested in making my own ales.

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get it on the go some night this week, the ginger beers will be perfect for the summer!

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Yeah intending to get it underway in the next few weeks for some festival brews. That said im off on holiday in may and don't fancy leaving it unattended.

Do you have a heater for keeping temperature constant or wha?

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I like the sound of homemade alcoholic ginger beer. I'm not a huge fan of real ale/microbrew type beer in general more your belgian trappist stuff.

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your man from river cottage did a home made ginger and lemon beer that doesnt require any equipment. about 4/5% looked great. just need a load of enpty plastic bottles and some sterilising agent.

been loving my ales recently. waggle dance the other night was particularly good.

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i bet you have a leather waistcoat, cravate and a shitty wee beard to go with your newly acquired penchant for real ales?

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www.channel4.com/4food...

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my mate brewed his own ale and a lager ....used brewers sugar which created a carbonated effect without the need for a soda stream....nice drinkage tbf

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all the lads.

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fap

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Yeah, adding sugar just before you bottle it gives the remaining yeast something to eat = bubbles.

My God, I paid attention at our Beer Clubs :/

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indeed....

fuck!!! is that gerry adams in the back of that pic?

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Good man Con. Have bought a few books as I'd like to avoid using the brewing kits and source a lot of the ingredients myself. Although might just get one for the first run. Need to get the kit. Heard homebrewwest were decent for equipment. Would like to brew a nice hippy IPA first off. How much for the basic equipment Con?

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I'd be the same as you, wanting to dive in with something more complicated. I've heard plenty of talk about things like cascade and crystal hops but I have no idea what they are or do.

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I bought a homebrewing book by a guy called Charlie Papazian. It was quite good for instructions on how to brew different styles and breaking down the basic ingredients. Bit of a chinscratchers book but seems to have all the info you need. No doubt I'll jump in trying to be smart and balls it up though.

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I'm getting some demijohns and having a go at home made alcoholic ginger beer.

Could make the most dangerous mixer known to man.

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power jamesons and ginger.

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I was think wee bit of appleton rum in there and your in the danger zone.

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a worth choice. its a recipe for disaster tbh.

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There is one maniac online with what he claims to be 17% ginger beer. WAT.

3 pints said was fucking blitzkrieged.

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That sounds dangerous. But delicious.

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I linked to a basic kit in my first post which should be enough to get you started. I have now got access to a ten litre stock pot which I use to boil and add hops at different points to extract different quantities of alpha acids which develop the flavour. You can go further and go all grain brewing but you need a proper oiler to boil all of the sort and then a chiller to chill the wort

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Proper boiler to boil all of the wort*

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I'm coming back to the homebrew thread, there's people with explosive shites and what have ye over there.

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I know a load of lads that press their own apples here and make cider, must call in and have a chat about this.

I reckon only need for the ginger beer

2 x demi johns with airlocks to stop exploding.
syphon tube for bottling.
brewing yeast
cleaning tablets

as well as ginger, lemons and sugar obv.

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One of the lads in The Spaniard was well into his homebrews. He has started working for BrewDog recently.

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This project suits you perfectly playford.

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Ordered this...

2 x demi johns with airlocks to stop exploding.
syphon tube for bottling.
champagne brewing yeast
cleaning tablets

£13ish delivered.

20leets of 17% ginger beer lolz.

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£13? thats a great deal! where did you get the equipment from? i grt it form brewuk but im not sue if they are the cheapest

for last minute things, natures way on n'ards road is a great resource

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Basically con, for the demijohns you use 5l water bottles from tesco and then all you need is a wee rubber grommet/bubbler and hey presto demi john! The 5l bottles are a pound or something.

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Oh, I used brew uk as well. I'm gonna try with champagne yeast first time as suggested but 17% is madness, see how it turns out, I might have to mix it with standard ginger beer so its around 7-8%.

Seems to take maybe a month from start to drinking.

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my christmas beer was 7% and to be honest it's too much for a session beer. you realise that if you brew to that strength you cant drink it all night.

i suppose it will be worth a try with ginger beer though as you would only really drink one or two on a session anyways.

do you plan to transfer to bottles or just pour from the demijohn? remember there will be a yeastcake at the bottom when the sediment settles so you will need to transfer from that. possible siphon from each demijohn into a keg?

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plan is, syphon from demijohn into 1l bottles, then wee bit of secondary fermentation for fizz before fridge.

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