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  1. Wildbill

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    hi thinking abut starting a home brew thread where you can share your
    home brew experiences Disasters and recipes.
    I have started a brew its a traditional IPA using grains and the mashing method
    I know most will just use kit's but there is so much to be shared among us
    from beers
    stouts
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    and wine
    so don't be shy let's know abut you brewing experiences good or bad
    bill
     
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    I started making home brewed wine and lager about 3 years ago after tasting a friends brew which was absolutely fantastic.
    Beer wise, I only brew lagers and have tried most that are on the market from local home brew shops+tescos and wilcos. My favourite is coopers european lager around £10 to £15 I just add 1 kilo of brewing sugar £1.50 from wilkos plus 500 g of malt extract £4 wilkos. Which turns out at 5.5% alc. For 40 pints. And tastes brilliant. The hardest part is leaving the brew to mature (lager) for 12 weeks for a perfect taste.
    Wine I love making red wine kits (30 bottles) again I just add 1 kilo of brewing sugar sometimes an extra half kilo to bring the alc to about 13 to 14%. Beaverdale kits are quite a nice easy starter.
    Just made 20 litres of elderberry wine @ 14% which is great fun every autumn, that will mature in the garage for 12 months, if I can leave it that long!
    Brilliant hobby
     
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    when I get my kit for brewing beer out agene I will post it up when it is in action with video
    bill
     
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    im sorry but i have never brewed anything but im willing to be the official taster :)
     
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    a very important job
     
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    And that was my mistake (or not) it went something like this:-
    bloody hell did you really make this yourself?
    YEAH IT'S DEAD EASY
    so how much a pint did it cost
    ABOUT 40P A PINT AND A LOT OF LOVE
    and the wine?
    SAME £1.50 A BOTTLE ANYBODY CAN MAKE IT

    I was hooked
     
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    I started out probably at least 8 years ago looking for a cheaper alternative but having had some experiance from my parents & grand parents making wine.
    I wanted to make lager so I started out with a kit & the basics all you need & a keg.
    Well I got lager but it didnt have the fiz & at the time I was a genera haulier so on my routes I sought some advice & that was adding some more sugar & yeast to re start the fermentation process & hopefully get some more gas into it.
    well the result was something that tasted like lagerish but had the kick of strong whisky & as a regular drinker 1.5 pints was all I could handle as I was on my back, well lets say if i drink 3 pints of this stuff i was comatized..................

    Ive since dabbled in everything even moon????????????????????????????
     
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    sparkling apple wine
    4 gallons of frozen apples yielded 1.5 gallons of apple juice that a brought to the boil and removed the scum from the top with chive
    will now allow to cool and take a hydrometer Redding
     
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    Has anyone used Honey instead of Sugar? I used to have a mate that did, but it was so long ago I've forgotten the ratio, Honey for Sugar that he used.

    Someone mentioned using Demerara Sugar I found that made the beer very bitter, I used the "Soft Brown Sugar" instead, it darkened the beer but didn't give it that funny taste
     
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    the soft brown sugar lb. for lb. I use to just ade honey till I had a good hydrometer Redding for final alc by volume of 14%to 15% start at around 90sg 240 grams per letter approx. it's is not a exact science just brew and enjoy
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    this is for my wine you want to be starting a cider around 30/50 for 6%to7% which is a strong one but nice
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    I used to make a lot but stopped a good few years ago. I never tried mashing grains as it was too difficult to keep the temperature constant on the electric cooker we had but I suspect you can get better equipment these days.

    Bottles were best for keeping the beer but a pain to wash out and fill. The plastic barrels much more convenient but I had a few brews go off in them.
     
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    you wisent drinking it fast enough and you have to keep the barrel pressurised with co2 to protect it from the air if you do that it should keep till end of barrel
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    My best ever brew had honey in it. It was called Yuletide ale and I used yeast from the bottom of a bottle of Guinness.

    Honey is approximately 20% water so 5 kg of honey will add 4kg of sugar - and it is invert sugar so in theory will ferment well.
     
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    thank for that as I did not know I always just use the hydrometer when using honey to get the SG right I find that best way
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    to retrieve the yeas from a gunnes bottle cill it down in fridge for a few days poor off the beer till only 1" left then aide sugar honey or syrup few grains of cyritrick acid
    air lock levee till for a few days till started poor in to brew works every time.
    I am using a gunnes culture for my brew just now and for my cider
    bill
     
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    Pour off the beer? I drank it! But I like the tip about chilling it first, it should fizz less and not disturb the sediment.
     
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    chilling it also gives a firmer sediment and reduces the gas effect and I drink it to(y)
     
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