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Posted · Original PosterOP

Guys, are any of you on here brewers, as in wine, beer, cider and/or mead.

 

I've been brewing for a couple years now and I'm always eager to find new brewers to talk to! 

 

EDIT: A place where you can come and tell everyone about your brews and experiences with home brewed booze. 


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I once tried to brew raspberry mead, but it ended up terribly.

The fermentation apperently went south. It ended up with twice the alcohol percentage that was planned and it tasted like rotten fruit.

 

Since then I haven't tried brewing anything.

However, I may or may not have had a home destillery for a couple of years.


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I homebrewed my Wii...


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34 minutes ago, Volbet said:

I once tried to brew raspberry mead, but it ended up terribly.

The fermentation apperently went south. It ended up with twice the alcohol percentage that was planned and it tasted like rotten fruit.

 

Since then I haven't tried brewing anything.

However, I may or may not have had a home destillery for a couple of years.

Haha I think there's a possibility I may or may not have given the same experiment a go once or twice.

 

27 minutes ago, 2Buck said:

I homebrewed my Wii...

I don't quite think this is applicable here /s


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brewed my own beer once, and had a lot of fun with it.

ended up tasting pretty decent too. i actually might consider doing it again


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14 minutes ago, Tsuki said:

brewed my own beer once, and had a lot of fun with it.

ended up tasting pretty decent too. i actually might consider doing it again

Would definitely say give it another go!


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Just brewed my first beer there before summer, have nearly worked through the 26 liters :P Excited for whats next !

Its  good fun, but there's a lot to know out there....

What do you brew, OP?

 

Also have made some sauerkraut, its not really "brewing" but it is fermentation, so thats something. 


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10 hours ago, Nup said:

Just brewed my first beer there before summer, have nearly worked through the 26 liters :P Excited for whats next !

Its  good fun, but there's a lot to know out there....

What do you brew, OP?

 

Also have made some sauerkraut, its not really "brewing" but it is fermentation, so thats something. 

Personally I do mostly meads, wines and ciders, But i am getting back into all grain with my first batch tonight!

What kind of brewing are you doing?

11 hours ago, Terryv said:

I've done a little bit of everything. I've done a lot of grain brewing as of late.

Any decent recipes to share? Wouldn't mind a peek at your sett up next time shes out


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3 hours ago, Ben Quigley said:

Any decent recipes to share? Wouldn't mind a peek at your sett up next time shes out

This is what I made a few weeks ago: https://beerrecipes.org/Recipe/13990/root-beer-oatmeal-milk-stout.html

 

Currently bottled and will be in the cellar until December. First attempt with this one, I hope it's good.

 

 


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2 hours ago, Terryv said:

This is what I made a few weeks ago: https://beerrecipes.org/Recipe/13990/root-beer-oatmeal-milk-stout.html

 

Currently bottled and will be in the cellar until December. First attempt with this one, I hope it's good.

 

 

I'm working on a RIS recipe of my own right now, got one other brewer doing a test batch for me. Got to see how it goes.


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Is homebrewing even safe? I have heard of cases where some kind of toxic substances where produced while trying to produce Vodka and similar products with a lot of alcohol in it. 

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1 minute ago, Teddy07 said:

Is homebrewing even safe? I have heard of cases where some kind of toxic substances where produced while trying to produce Vodka and similar products with a lot of alcohol in it. 

That's home distillation. Although there really haven't been any confirmed cases, only when people spiked their products with cleaning alcohols like methanol or isopropanol during the prohibition in America. Home distillation is illegal in most countries anyway.

 

Brewing on the other hand is both safe and enjoyable. Plus you get some breathing tasting beers, wines and the like!


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On 9/1/2017 at 7:07 PM, Ben Quigley said:

That's home distillation. Although there really haven't been any confirmed cases, only when people spiked their products with cleaning alcohols like methanol or isopropanol during the prohibition in America. Home distillation is illegal in most countries anyway.

There have been confirned cases, although, these days they aren't as common as they used to. 

For example, in 2012 the Czech Republic had to ban all sales of liquor due to certain bootleg spirits containing methanol. 

While part of the problem was due to the addage of methanol in the form of antifreeze (yummy), some was also traced back to distilation at the wrong temperature. 

 

Also, reading this thread really makes me want to try brewing again. 

A friend of mine makes a coffee beer that tastes amazing. 


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2 minutes ago, Volbet said:

There have been confirned cases, although, these days they aren't as common as they used to. 

For example, in 2012 the Czech Republic had to ban all sales of liquor due to certain bootleg spirits containing methanol. 

While part of the problae was due to the addage of methanol in the form of antifreeze (yummy), some was also traced back to distilation at the wrong temperature. 

 

Also, reading this thread really makes me want to try brewing again. 

A friend of mine makes a coffee beer that tastes amazing. 

Thanks for the information, but generally speaking, unless it has more methanol than ethanol, it won't kill you. Although it would still be a very unpleasant experience. Ethanol is used as the treatment for methanol poisoning. 

 

Go for it! You say again, meaning you have done it in the past, what did you brew, kits? 


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6 minutes ago, Ben Quigley said:

Go for it! You say again, meaning you have done it in the past, what did you brew, kits? 

I tried making raspberry mead, but as mentioned, something went completly wrong with it. 

 

My "kit" was pretty much just a big soup pot, a glass jug and the central heating dirstribution room of my apartment complex.

However, the mead ended up way stronger than planned and it smelled and tasted very foul. 

If I had to guess, then there was probably a leak, meaning the mixture essentially oxidized, essentially rotting the mead rather than fermenting it. 

 

If I were to try again I would really like to make to make milk-based beer. To my knowledge there's only one on the market (and then only in Japan), and I do think it's a very intersting way to do it. 


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3 minutes ago, Volbet said:

I tried making raspberry mead, but as mentioned, something went completly wrong with it. 

 

My "kit" was pretty much just a big soup pot, a glass jug and the central heating dirstribution room of my apartment complex.

However, the mead ended up way stronger than planned and it smelled and tasted very foul. 

If I had to guess, then there was probably a leak, meaning the mixture essentially oxidized, essentially rotting the mead rather than fermenting it. 

 

If I were to try again I would really like to make to make milk-based beer. To my knowledge there's only one on the market (and then only in Japan), and I do think it's a very intersting way to do it. 

Milk based beer, do you mean beer with lactose or literally milk based? 


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Just now, Ben Quigley said:

Milk based beer, do you mean beer with lactose or literally milk based? 

Actually based on milk

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7379459

 

It's a very aquired taste, but I do think the idea has potential if developed a bit further than what was done. 

The whole texture and taste experience is quite different than regular beers. 


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Well that's the mash on for tonight's brew, only one thing, I really have no idea what it is! Just a random recipe kit someone gave me!

 

A picture of my set up for you guys interested with home built temp controller. 

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4 hours ago, Volbet said:

There have been confirned cases, although, these days they aren't as common as they used to. 

For example, in 2012 the Czech Republic had to ban all sales of liquor due to certain bootleg spirits containing methanol. 

While part of the problae was due to the addage of methanol in the form of antifreeze (yummy), some was also traced back to distilation at the wrong temperature. 

 

Also, reading this thread really makes me want to try brewing again. 

A friend of mine makes a coffee beer that tastes amazing. 

Most methanol contamination comes from bad equipment, such as used car radiators as condensers (let's not forget lead contamination from said radiator) or intentional contamination, methanol is added to raise the proof of distilled alcohol (cheap too)

 

Most of the intentional methanol poisonings during prohibition come from this: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2010/02/the_chemists_war.html

 

 


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7 hours ago, Ben Quigley said:

Personally I do mostly meads, wines and ciders, But i am getting back into all grain with my first batch tonight!

What kind of brewing are you doing?

I would love to make cider some day, lovely stuff.

Happy brewing then, throw up some pictures!! :P

I just did a very simple brew, nice light beer, maybe a lager? couldnt tell you tbh.

 

Just saw those pictures. Looks nice, are you keeping the brew heated?


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That moment when you come to say something stupid like "I love me sum moonshyne!" and it turns out that's exactly what's happening...

 

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I would love to make cider some day, lovely stuff.

Happy brewing then, throw up some pictures!! :P

I just did a very simple brew, nice light beer, maybe a lager? couldnt tell you tbh.

 

Just saw those pictures. Looks nice, are you keeping the brew heated?

What do you mean by "are you keeping the brew heated?" If you been throughout fermentation then I have a fermentation chamber that is temperature controlled.

 

My boiler is homemade from a HDPE bucket a kettle element and a temp controller I built.

 

Here's a few more pics for you, I'm just heating up to the boil now.

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3 minutes ago, ARikozuM said:

That moment when you come to say something stupid like "I love me sum moonshyne!" and it turns out that's exactly what's happening...

 

#FeelingStupid

Haha it's not quite moonshine, that stuff is distilled haha but close enough 😋


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I finally decided to try to make wine from the grapes that grow in our backyard. Takes some more weeks before they're ripe enough and it's really not that much but I've always wanted to give it a shot :). If it works out I'll post some pictures. Any advice in advance? Completely new to this so I hope I won't make my family mad by spoiling a few pounds of their beloved grapes :P 


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