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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #50 on: July 13, 2007, 05:03:45 PM »
If you like glass bottles, the international beer shop has plenty out the back.

Something like 10-12 dollars a crate including the crate. The crate sizes do vary though, and I'm not sure if the price is still the same.

If your lucky they might have old Weihenstephan in the bargain bin. Thats how I increased my bottle collection.

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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #51 on: July 13, 2007, 05:08:17 PM »
 :o

Yep, definitely can't use rain water. That last APA was pretty rapidly infected with acetobacter. Definitely not my sanitisation technique, I am over-zealous if anything, so I've narrowed down the source of infection to two things; the water (and the extra gunk that has washed into the tank over the last two weeks), or the addition of the extra malt and hops (which isn't likely seeing as the whole pot had a total boil time of over an hour).

Losing money pisses me off. Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck.

Learn from this if you aren't on scheme water. Rainwater = the devil.

This weekend I am going to Bunnings, and I am going to buy lots and lots of water cubes / jerry cans.
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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #52 on: July 14, 2007, 08:09:12 PM »
Got keg system today. Will post pics later.

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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #53 on: July 14, 2007, 10:04:12 PM »
Actually, I've been thinking about it a bit Haydz... You might be right regarding the boil; boiling a kit extract for the whole time may not just be a bit pointless, it may be detrimental, as the longer it boils the more likely that the bitterness in the extract is going to be driven off.

Changes to the Recipe

Do this in future, if you are using beer kits (i.e. Cooper's, Muntons). Instead of boiling the extract first like in the recipe, get the boil going, dissolve the kilogram of dried malt into it, and add he hops to this for flavouring and aroma. Wait until after the boil to add the can of extract, stir it into the hot malt solution, and then toss the whole lot into the fermenter.

DRY MALT FIRST, ADD THE CAN AT THE VERY END OF THE BOIL, AFTER ADDING THE AROMA HOPS.

This will cause minimal loss of bitterness, whilst retaining all the benefits of the boil (sterility and homogeneity). This sounds much better to me; I will make another pale ale, take new photos and edit the recipe accordingly.

Anyone ever made Marijuana beer ?   :eyebrows:

Can't say I have... Can it be done?
Depends on how much starch and sugar is in the marijuana. I can't imagine very much as it is a herb and/or a weed. 

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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #54 on: July 15, 2007, 09:48:17 PM »
I don't think Marijuana is fermentable, but you could dry hop with it.

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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #55 on: July 15, 2007, 10:39:48 PM »
I don't think Marijuana is fermentable, but you could dry hop with it.

hmmm now im gettin ideas

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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #56 on: July 16, 2007, 04:37:59 PM »
Update on my licorice brew....

Its smelling fucking awesome, and is bubbling away very nicely at a healthy 18-19. I've been taking daily gravity readings and its dropping by an average of about .004 each day, which is fairly rapid. It started at a nice 1.040, so it shouldnt be far from bottling. Its a bit chunky though...the licorice seems to have made some funky bronw sediment. Im wondering if I should leave it, or somehow try and filter it out, maybe putting a stocking between the tap and the "little bottler" or something to that effect? Any suggestions?
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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #57 on: July 16, 2007, 05:14:57 PM »
You can always rack it, ie, siphon it out into a secondary fermentor to separate the beer from the sediment.

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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #58 on: July 16, 2007, 06:20:02 PM »
ah, yeah I only have one fermenter at this stage. I'll just make a chunky beer...cant be that bad!
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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #59 on: July 16, 2007, 06:24:05 PM »
Yeah, just be sure not to disturb it to let as much sediment as possible drop to the bottom, and be just as careful when you start bottling.


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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #60 on: July 16, 2007, 06:32:39 PM »
oh yeah, definitely....but thats no different to what I normally do anyway.
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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #61 on: July 16, 2007, 07:08:31 PM »
A few chunks never hurt anybody, but chances are they will eventually dissolve.

Anyway, I went to see Roy to get set my draught system up. It's simple, but pretty expensive, mainly due to the cost of the regulator. I had a big bottle of gas I inherited from a mate's dad when a tree fell on his brewing shed / home pub, so I didn't have to pay for that.

All up, for the 18 litre keg, lines, Pluto gun and regulator with fittings cost me 355 dollars.

Here's pics:









Woo!
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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #62 on: July 16, 2007, 08:53:01 PM »
FUck yeah  :thumbup:

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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #63 on: July 16, 2007, 09:47:07 PM »
What's that?

New venue - this guy's place? :D

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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #64 on: July 16, 2007, 09:54:03 PM »
What's that?

New venue - this guy's place? :D

It could be done. Although, with the amount that you cunts drink, I'd have my work cut out for me...

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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #65 on: July 16, 2007, 10:22:10 PM »
looks pretty fucking sweet, bINGE-drinker.

There's a new shop opened up in Gero called U-Brewit. I rang them up hoping they would sell supplies, but no go - he said "thats selling my direct competition to people". Turns out this guy can make a brew and put it into 500ml ali cans for you for a fee. 50L for $135 plus $25 extra for canning. Fucking RIP OFF! I'd rather make my own thanks, spend a few hours fucking around with it, and only spend about $30-40 for the same amount.
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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #66 on: July 16, 2007, 10:37:41 PM »
looks pretty fucking sweet, bINGE-drinker.

There's a new shop opened up in Gero called U-Brewit. I rang them up hoping they would sell supplies, but no go - he said "thats selling my direct competition to people". Turns out this guy can make a brew and put it into 500ml ali cans for you for a fee. 50L for $135 plus $25 extra for canning. Fucking RIP OFF! I'd rather make my own thanks, spend a few hours fucking around with it, and only spend about $30-40 for the same amount.

Yeah there are a few u-brewit's around the metro area too. May be pricey but mate their brews are fan-fucking-tastic.

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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #67 on: July 16, 2007, 10:49:43 PM »
Absolutely no reason why you couldn't make something equal or exceeding it at home for a fraction of the price.

Moar liek URNT-BREWIT, amirite?
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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #68 on: July 16, 2007, 10:53:57 PM »
yeah, and no where near as fun/interesting. As a guy at work noted, how fucking stupid would you look if you had a few mates around for a barbie and you said "hey do you want to try one of my homebrews". Only to admit that you didnt actually have anything to do with it, and it wasnt brewed at anyones house - might as well have bought normal beer.
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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #69 on: July 16, 2007, 11:02:24 PM »
Exactly right, half of the appeal for me is playing the mad doctor and learning (and putting into practice) the science behind it all. The more books I read about homebrewing, the more interested I become. (By the way, here's a top link to the online version of John Palmer's book, How to Brew.)

http://www.howtobrew.com/

Even fucking up, making shit beer or getting infections is well worth it, because they are valuable lessons learned and these little lessons help gear you towards making better beer.

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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #70 on: July 16, 2007, 11:10:46 PM »
Wow, I just cracked a 7 day old (since bottled) APA. Was hoping to take this batch this down south this weekend... Some thoughts.

Tastes pretty good, but it definitely needs time to condition. Pretty strong green apple taste (acetaldehyde), with a little bit of sourness which is a strong indicator that it's too young to drink. Hope it'll clear in time. It is a good idea is to drink a bottle of your beer every week or two after bottling and noticing how the tastes change

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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #71 on: July 16, 2007, 11:24:02 PM »
My bog stock Tooheys Special Ale is one week old tonight, so I was planning on cracking one for a taste test tonight. I'll give it a bash and report on how it goes tomorrow.
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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #72 on: July 17, 2007, 01:15:36 AM »
Wow, I just cracked a 7 day old (since bottled) APA. Was hoping to take this batch this down south this weekend... Some thoughts.

Tastes pretty good, but it definitely needs time to condition. Pretty strong green apple taste (acetaldehyde), with a little bit of sourness which is a strong indicator that it's too young to drink. Hope it'll clear in time. It is a good idea is to drink a bottle of your beer every week or two after bottling and noticing how the tastes change

its alright i plan to purchase the finest bottle of tequilla for this weekend

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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #73 on: July 17, 2007, 01:16:08 AM »
What's that?

New venue - this guy's place? :D

stay tuned TEAGUESTOCK 2008

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Re: The Homebrew Megathread - Piss, Plonk and Moonshine.
« Reply #74 on: July 17, 2007, 01:37:31 AM »
Moar liek URNT-BREWIT, amirite?

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