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2/5/2014 7:33:01 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Anyone here brew beer at home??? If so, lets discuss!
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2/5/2014 11:47:44 PM
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At 2/5/2014 7:33:01 PM, eNo wrote:
Anyone here brew beer at home??? If so, lets discuss!

Indeed. My brother and I have also made moonshine (which was much more successful.)
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2/6/2014 1:12:17 AM
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At 2/5/2014 7:33:01 PM, eNo wrote:
Anyone here brew beer at home??? If so, lets discuss!

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2/6/2014 8:08:01 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 2/5/2014 11:47:44 PM, tvellalott wrote:
At 2/5/2014 7:33:01 PM, eNo wrote:
Anyone here brew beer at home??? If so, lets discuss!

Indeed. My brother and I have also made moonshine (which was much more successful.)

ha! was making moonshine a larger investment of supplies, or not?? Its always struct me as a lot of stuff for a small yield.
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2/10/2014 10:47:46 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 2/6/2014 8:08:01 AM, eNo wrote:
At 2/5/2014 11:47:44 PM, tvellalott wrote:
At 2/5/2014 7:33:01 PM, eNo wrote:
Anyone here brew beer at home??? If so, lets discuss!

Indeed. My brother and I have also made moonshine (which was much more successful.)

ha! was making moonshine a larger investment of supplies, or not?? Its always struct me as a lot of stuff for a small yield.

The major investment is in equipment to make it.
You'll need a still (reflux still) and you'll need a filtration system (we used a ceramic/activated carbon combo thing).
I don't know anything about making my own still, but that's possible.
These two things set my brother and I back about 1300 bucks.
Once you have these, it costs you around 26 dollars per batch to make teh shine.
Once you've got your temperatures and water pressure down (ours distilled perfectly at around 78.5 degrees, with a trickle of water from the hose to keep it cool) it will take you around 48 hours from making the mash (which is just water, sugar and yeast) to finished product. A batch was yielding around 8 litres of 95% (not proof, %) ethanol, which once watered down (43% or 86 proof was our golden ratio) you'll get nearly 15 litres of drinkable alcohol for 26 bucks, less than 2 dollars a litre.
The 26 dollars included sugar (around 8kg), the activated carbon filter (which costs 50 bucks and lasts 5 batches) and the yeast (we used a super fast yeast, but you'd get one that works in your climate). We would just drink it unflavoured with soft drink, but you could flavour it if you were so inclined. Also, these prices are probably cheaper in the US as well. Australia gets butt farked on prices.
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2/11/2014 12:03:54 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 2/10/2014 10:47:46 PM, tvellalott wrote:
At 2/6/2014 8:08:01 AM, eNo wrote:
At 2/5/2014 11:47:44 PM, tvellalott wrote:
At 2/5/2014 7:33:01 PM, eNo wrote:
Anyone here brew beer at home??? If so, lets discuss!

Indeed. My brother and I have also made moonshine (which was much more successful.)

ha! was making moonshine a larger investment of supplies, or not?? Its always struct me as a lot of stuff for a small yield.

The major investment is in equipment to make it.
You'll need a still (reflux still) and you'll need a filtration system (we used a ceramic/activated carbon combo thing).
I don't know anything about making my own still, but that's possible.
These two things set my brother and I back about 1300 bucks.
Once you have these, it costs you around 26 dollars per batch to make teh shine.
Once you've got your temperatures and water pressure down (ours distilled perfectly at around 78.5 degrees, with a trickle of water from the hose to keep it cool) it will take you around 48 hours from making the mash (which is just water, sugar and yeast) to finished product. A batch was yielding around 8 litres of 95% (not proof, %) ethanol, which once watered down (43% or 86 proof was our golden ratio) you'll get nearly 15 litres of drinkable alcohol for 26 bucks, less than 2 dollars a litre.
The 26 dollars included sugar (around 8kg), the activated carbon filter (which costs 50 bucks and lasts 5 batches) and the yeast (we used a super fast yeast, but you'd get one that works in your climate). We would just drink it unflavoured with soft drink, but you could flavour it if you were so inclined. Also, these prices are probably cheaper in the US as well. Australia gets butt farked on prices.

You used a sugar wash... I heard that a sugar wash makes a harsher shine over a true corn/barley mash which is, I hear, smoother... was that the case with ours or not??
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2/11/2014 12:57:31 AM
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At 2/5/2014 7:33:01 PM, eNo wrote:
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2/11/2014 10:32:42 AM
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2/11/2014 11:54:41 PM
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At 2/11/2014 12:03:54 AM, eNo wrote:
At 2/10/2014 10:47:46 PM, tvellalott wrote:
At 2/6/2014 8:08:01 AM, eNo wrote:
At 2/5/2014 11:47:44 PM, tvellalott wrote:
At 2/5/2014 7:33:01 PM, eNo wrote:
Anyone here brew beer at home??? If so, lets discuss!

Indeed. My brother and I have also made moonshine (which was much more successful.)

ha! was making moonshine a larger investment of supplies, or not?? Its always struct me as a lot of stuff for a small yield.

The major investment is in equipment to make it.
You'll need a still (reflux still) and you'll need a filtration system (we used a ceramic/activated carbon combo thing).
I don't know anything about making my own still, but that's possible.
These two things set my brother and I back about 1300 bucks.
Once you have these, it costs you around 26 dollars per batch to make teh shine.
Once you've got your temperatures and water pressure down (ours distilled perfectly at around 78.5 degrees, with a trickle of water from the hose to keep it cool) it will take you around 48 hours from making the mash (which is just water, sugar and yeast) to finished product. A batch was yielding around 8 litres of 95% (not proof, %) ethanol, which once watered down (43% or 86 proof was our golden ratio) you'll get nearly 15 litres of drinkable alcohol for 26 bucks, less than 2 dollars a litre.
The 26 dollars included sugar (around 8kg), the activated carbon filter (which costs 50 bucks and lasts 5 batches) and the yeast (we used a super fast yeast, but you'd get one that works in your climate). We would just drink it unflavoured with soft drink, but you could flavour it if you were so inclined. Also, these prices are probably cheaper in the US as well. Australia gets butt farked on prices.

You used a sugar wash... I heard that a sugar wash makes a harsher shine over a true corn/barley mash which is, I hear, smoother... was that the case with ours or not??

A true mash is a lot more difficult, requiring more specific measurements, equipment, materials and significantly more time. Sugar mash is piss easy.
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