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    How do you make beer?


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    1. Malted barley is soaked in hot water to release the malt sugars.
    2. The malt sugar solution is boiled with Hops for seasoning.
    3. The solution is cooled and yeast is added to begin fermentation.
    4. The yeast ferments the sugars, releasing CO2 and ethyl alcohol.
    5. When the main fermentation is complete, the beer is bottled with a little bit of added sugar to provide the carbonation.
    From How to Brew - By John Palmer - Introduction

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    You can buy kits in supermarkets. I have a gallon of lager supposedly carbonating in a pressurised container upstairs; every time I syphon some off it tastes incredibly flat and yeasty...
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    Even with the kits you can get huge variations in results. I've been to parties where you couldn't tell that the beer served wasn't a commercial product - and others where you need great tact and facial muscle control to reassure the host that this batch shows great improvement in his skills as a brewer.
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    That's true. Mine seems to be ready now, it's pallatable, if not excellent.
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    Like anything else involving living organisms (in this case yeast and at least one human) there's a lot of variability!!

    I've turned out great, good, and meh batches. Thanks for the topic though, seems like time to try another one!
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    Here's a question for the lot of you that have dabbled.. Start up costs? Do you really need a legitimate kit? Or are there more cost effective alternatives?
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    cost effective alternatives?

    Only if you really know what you're doing. If you want to go that way, you should get your skills up with a few kit products, then decide what kind of product you want to work on yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    cost effective alternatives?

    Only if you really know what you're doing. If you want to go that way, you should get your skills up with a few kit products, then decide what kind of product you want to work on yourself.
    Hmm, I guess kit actually refers to the ingredients to make a brew right? I didn't mean that, I mean the equipment needed in order to make a brew. It it necessary to have the equipment specifically made for brewing, or can you just sort of use whatever?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stander-j View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    cost effective alternatives?

    Only if you really know what you're doing. If you want to go that way, you should get your skills up with a few kit products, then decide what kind of product you want to work on yourself.
    Hmm, I guess kit actually refers to the ingredients to make a brew right? I didn't mean that, I mean the equipment needed in order to make a brew. It it necessary to have the equipment specifically made for brewing, or can you just sort of use whatever?
    Well the 'kit' I use is a 5-gallon bucket with a non-airtight lid, and a 5-gallon water carrier with a tap. Oh, and some plastic tubing with a sediment trap.

    You also need some sterilising liquid (I make mine up from powder) and yeast, which can both be bought cheaply.

    Lastly, you need the right comination of barley and hops extract (I buy mine pre-made in cans), and around 200g of sugar per gallon. It works out as about 0.25 per pint (~$0.45), although my current batch, which tastes something like an IPA, is significantly stronger than typical bought beer.
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    Oh, should add, the absolute worst homebrew I've ever drank was still much better than a lot of the piss that passes for beer in America :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by drowsy turtle View Post
    Oh, should add, the absolute worst homebrew I've ever drank was still much better than a lot of the piss that passes for beer in America :P
    Shhh.. Don't let my mouth hear you! It shouldn't know those types of things... Yet!
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