Discussion in 'Home Brew Enthusiasts' started by Wildbill, Sep 14, 2015.
this is just a bit of research to see how many brew from scratch and who uses kits.
or other methods
Kits only for me Bill, but I do try to buy a good kit.
internet or local shope
Ralph buys kits from http://www.brewuk.co.uk/
But he's not done any since Xmas because he's been building Pug our PVC. The last lot he did was a Xmas kit. It was yummy.
Once Pugs finished he'll get back into it. I'm sure.
Have used the internet Bill but I now use a dedicated home brew shop about seven miles from us where the owners are really helpful.
There is a shop nearer but it only dabbles in it being a Pet shop as well but it is handy if I run out of sterilizer.
We made wine once and left it bottled up and went away for a few weeks in the summer whilst we lived in Aldershot. Can home open front door to find ALL bottles exploded leaving walls, furniture, carpets and windows covered in red stains.
To this day we wonder what the neighbours thought and why the military police did not call. Took us days to clean and repaint the house and clean windows. Now any "brewing" is down in shed/storeroom, but as wine is as cheap as chips here we just buy ready made.
Malt extract + grain + hops for me.
I started with kits and am going to attempt my first full mash when I return in Oct.
I get my supplies from a brew shop in Mansfield, Notts
don't think it had stopped fermenting a cupule of Camden tabs would have helped
Bill, it was in the early days of learning and as money was tight then we cut a few corners to get drunk........ It was a fun time learning though
blew up a demijohn last week when the air look blocked and the gallon jar released it's content all over the place and the bung and cork embedded it's self in the roof.
And blew the lid off the fermenting bucket as I had put it fully on they usually vent ok that on didn't a new one scared the wife to death and the next door thought the oven had blown up air lock fitted to that one now and a ear bending from lyn
even old hand can get it wrong
Fow wine Kits, Fresh Fruit & Store bought juice
For Lager when I ever find a flavour I like its a Kit
& ehem my other is just tap water or Beer Kit
For serious home brewers with a bit of spare cash you cannot go wrong with one of these:
I had the 20L to start and used a hand grinder for gristing, then moved up to a 50L and got a nice mill when I opened my microbrew in Switzerland - it was only a hobby but I got rave reviews on the real ales. I also had trials in all the Oliver Twist pubs in CH. Not a great success though as the pubs liked the beers they couldn't take the beers due to contractual issues with the pipework being owned by Heineken. Also, beer engines are technically illegal as beer can only be delivered with CO2 or Nitrogen (I got an exception for my tiny bar but it was a nightmare getting it). In France I will most likely invest in a 200L. I digress.....
For homebrew the 20L is briliant. I see they also do a 10L now but that's a bit too small I think.
I have only used kits so far but my son has used these http://brewly.co.uk/ and had good results so I might give them a try.
As a boy in Belfast I used to make potcheen, one sip and you will feel it's running round through your bloodstream in seconds. I sold it to the soldiers for pennies and make a killing until some fool put glass in the stuff.......... not home brewed is I was 19, but often think about doing it again. What about a home brew meet. Might need a few days after the event before driving off site.............
This is what I have... the 20L it's very good, but at the moment I'm selling all my kit as we want to go FT. Spent an absolute fortune on it all but if anyone is interested at a good price
I don't bother anymore, a friend started a microbrewery.