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Old 12-25-2012, 11:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Not sure if there's a thread already... Yeah it's xmas morning I'm not seaching damn it!

Well my neighbours clearly know me well, they bought me a home brew IPA beer kit. Anybody else home brew? I just started making mine now. I've made wine before from grapes I had in my backyard in Niagara region... My dad used to go to the u-brew in Ontario. This kit seems like a fun concept because I get to have the stuff fermenting in my house! Thinking the basement might be too cool so it'll probably go in my front hall closet.

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Old 12-25-2012, 12:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well IPA is my absolute favorite beer. Fantastic beer is all about hops. So get it brewed and deliver the keg. Address to follow.
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LOL this kit only makes one gallon to start, so I think that's about a 12 pack. I have a feeling I'll be finished drinking this batch LONG before the next batch is ready.

I find a lot of IPAs too bitter for my taste, so I'm going to add the bitter hops a little later in the recipe and add the aromatic hops a little earlier. Hopefully it turns out okay!
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Been brewing for several years now. Stouts, IPAs, and interesting one offs primarily.
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Do you buy kits or mix the grain yourself? The replacement ingredient kits seem cheap enough but I imagine it's more fun to get creative with your own grain/hop mixes... I like wheat ales, and lots of fruit beers (raspberry, blueberry and apricot) so I may get into them if I find the beer drinkable.
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Ha I just got a kit myself and was going to start this thread.
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Jeez, a little longer and they're all going to start singing the stonecutter's song.
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I brew some kit beers for fridge filler, but mainly other recipes or my own recipes. I do a mix of full grain and extract with specialty grains brewing. Honestly, there isn't a huge difference in final product. The biggest difference is the cost if you're brewing a big beer. That extract gets expensive on 8%+ beers.
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Ha I just got a kit myself and was going to start this thread.
lol, hurray for Christmas! My Dad used to u-brew about 20 years ago, now he's into his own wine. Has a constant supply of about 300 bottles in his basement so that he's never drinking anything newer than about 1.5 years old.

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I brew some kit beers for fridge filler, but mainly other recipes or my own recipes. I do a mix of full grain and extract with specialty grains brewing. Honestly, there isn't a huge difference in final product. The biggest difference is the cost if you're brewing a big beer. That extract gets expensive on 8%+ beers.
Cool! I'm the first to admit I'm more into "wussie" beers than strong IPAs, stouts, etc. A nice 5% white ale with an orange in it would be great by me, the one complicated beer I'd like to try making one day would be a lambic raspberry beer. I think it'd be interesting to do a lambic in Alberta. Seems like most of them are done in belgium and Alberta must have some very different yeasts floating around in the air.
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I've spent the past few weeks gorging my self on home brewing video on youtube. I plan on starting soon. Just trying to decide how far I want to take it. I've got the space and cash that I could go full bore all grain but I'm not sure about that type of commitment to equipment. Also not sure on if I want go right to kegging. Even if I don't home brew much a kegerator still isn't a bad idea for me since I work for a beer distributor and can get all sorts of 1/6 barrels for really cheap.
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