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Beer Kits
« on: October 28, 2006, 12:02:36 PM »
Sooo Im thinking of making my own beer now that I have a fair size house.

I just want ot know a few things.

1) What kit to get (I see the coopers one everywhere)

2) what is some good (recommended) n00b sites for making beer.

3) How long does beer take to make(Probably ties in with 2 I guees :D)

4)I was told you can get 60 beers out of 1 sitting. Is that true? Cause my bar fridge can handle 50 beers in it. I tested :D

5)I know you can buy different mixes but where is the best place to get them or is it all the same?

6) Does it cost much to run?

I can't think of any more questions atm  but if anyone has any advice I would love to hear it :)
 

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Re: Beer Kits
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2006, 12:24:18 PM »
1) What kit to get (I see the coopers one everywhere)

That be a goodly start, lad.
 
2) what is some good (recommended) n00b sites for making beer.

The OCAU Wiki is pretty darn good.
 
3) How long does beer take to make(Probably ties in with 2 I guees)

From whoa to go? Up to 2 weeks for primary fermentation, at least a month for secondary fermentation (gassing up the beer). But I've been known to ferment in a week and drink it after a week in the bottle.
 
4)I was told you can get 60 beers out of 1 sitting. Is that true? Cause my bar fridge can handle 50 beers in it. I tested

30 longnecks, 60 stubbies. Or thereabouts.
 
5)I know you can buy different mixes but where is the best place to get them or is it all the same?

Any decent homebrew shop will help you out. A good proprietor will ask you what beer you like drinking and put you onto something to suit your tastes.
 
6) Does it cost much to run?

Nope, not at all. A decent can or wort, $15. A kilo of malt or brewing sugar, $5. Extra hops if you want, say another $5.

 
I can't think of any more questions atm  but if anyone has any advice I would love to hear it Smiley
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Re: Beer Kits
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2006, 12:44:59 PM »



Make sure you use Coopers bottles - they're thicker and stronger, you won't lose many.    ;)

And pay strict attention to sterilization.
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2006, 12:50:46 PM »
1shot I should have just PM'ed ya :)

blackf1ng3r: The coopers bottles. Can I buy them seperate or do i have to buy a case of beer to get them?
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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2006, 01:04:53 PM »
The best way is to buy a case of beer. Why are they stronger? 'Cos they're built to take the pressure of secondary fermentation. I just use plastic PET bottles tho', you can buy replacement caps for them.

And yeah, make sure it's all sterile! Cleanliness is next to Godliness.  :-X
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Re: Beer Kits
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2006, 01:16:12 PM »


Jeez - has it been that long since I last brewed?  Must be at least 10 years.

Well, if PET bottles are the go, have a look in Coles or wherever and get soda water (no taste) or what-you-fancy and pay about 65 cents or so per full bottle.

Cheap as chips that way... :-*
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« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2006, 01:26:20 PM »
That's what I did years ago, black, I only needed about 18 to get the job done.
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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2006, 01:29:53 PM »
What is the advantage of PET bottles over Glass or visa versa.
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« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2006, 01:35:45 PM »
 :)

I'm just gunna have to get into this...and I don't even drink beer much.... :-)

The old man brews continually, and never had a bad drop from his experiments, everything from stout, which I do enjoy, to Belgian blondes, good in the sack, less so in the glass :)

He started on a Coopers kit, its mutated, but he still goes back and buys a new one from time to time, for parts he says....

There are several brew shops in WA Mills, check Yellow Pages, one in I think East Perth, or it might be Subiaco, gets rave reviews in the Rugby fraternity, I'll ask..

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« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2006, 01:40:00 PM »
Mills said: What is the advantage of PET bottles over Glass or visa versa.

You don't have to bother with a capper, capping glass bottles isn't 100% fool proof, bottles have been borked in the process. Size. 1.25litres of homebrewed goodness.

I used to drink two after a dayshift and that'd see me ready for bed. On my days off, I'd try to drink three. Never quite got there, tho'. Possibly 'cos I was drinking butterscotch liqueur with stout chasers.  :-*
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Re: Beer Kits
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2006, 01:45:35 PM »
Chris that would be great thanks :)

Love the Belgian blonde line :)

1shot: So you can get about 30 of those PET bottles you say.

Hmm i dont think my fridge can handle that. But thats ok I have a proper fridge as well :)

I like the idea of not worrying about the capping but does the beer taste better in a glass bottle?
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« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2006, 01:48:09 PM »
No, if you bottle it in 1.25l PET bottles, you'll get about 18 per batch. I never noticed a great deal of taste difference between glass and plastic. Just remember to store them in a dark cupboard tho', beer doesn't like light. That's why glass bottles are generally brown or green.
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« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2006, 02:29:39 PM »
 :)

I was off, the one the guys love is IHS products, corner Maurice street Bayswater...but some say Malthouse on Welshpool road is as good...www.malthouse.com.au  :-) Closer to you....

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« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2006, 02:50:34 PM »
like that site Chris:
http://www.malthouse.com.au/item.php?item_id=74&page=1&category_id=37

Hell yes  :-*

1shot thanks :) Yeah I have a cupboard selected already. All it has in it so far is the slot car track box :)
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