1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)

Who is a Home Brewer?

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by FireManDan, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. FireManDan

    FireManDan Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2011
    Messages:
    92
    Loc:
    Scotland,CT
    Well i make my own beer i just started recently and love making my own brew! So far i have A amber Ale bottled and ready to drink that is delicious. I just bottled yesterday an Irish Stout that looks like it will be an awesome winter brew. Then i have some Cider i transferred into my secondary ( glass Carboy) that is going to be get you on your ass strong!

    So who here on this Forum Makes any kind of ALcohol ?

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. homebrewz

    homebrewz Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2005
    Messages:
    963
    Loc:
    East Central, NY
    There's quite a few of us.. Going to keg an ESB this weekend and use the yeast off of that to make something else.
  3. Battenkiller

    Battenkiller Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2009
    Messages:
    3,732
    Loc:
    Just Outside the Blue Line
    I used to get into it, but it got to be too much of a chore after the initial fun wore off. Maybe I'll start it back up again once I get settled into my new digs. All that time I'll save by using wood in pellets rather than on pallets will be well spent on other pursuits like brewing.

    Last batch I made was a high-gravity Imperial stout that just kept on getting better as it aged. I made it on St. Paddy's Day, and drank the last four 22 oz. bottles on St. Paddy's Day three years later. I'll bet it could have lasted a few more years before it started to decline, but I am not that patient.
  4. Highbeam

    Highbeam Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2006
    Messages:
    9,300
    Loc:
    base of Mt. Rainier on the wet side, WA
    I've made 10 or 11 5 gallon batches over the last couple of years. The last two have been ciders, one a test with supermarket cider that turned out great and currently in the primary is some fancy local orchard cider plus enough dark brown sugar to get me near 9% ABV.

    I also drink the bulk cans of cheap beer and buy some micro stuff but the homebrew is cheap, easy, fun, and worth doing. I have done a few partial mash recipes but no all-grain batches yet. Oh and I bottle condition, no kegs.... yet. Bottling day is the biggest PITA of the whole thing.
  5. FireManDan

    FireManDan Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2011
    Messages:
    92
    Loc:
    Scotland,CT
    I agree bottling day is a bastard to do. Mainly just Sanitizing the Bottle really , the most recent bottling i took my bottles and put in the dishwasher and just ran hot water under the sani-rinse feature. They were clean really well and hot! My cider i used some of the Musselman's Bran Cider from Walmart. Local cider around here is about $6.00 a gallon.
  6. SolarAndWood

    SolarAndWood Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2008
    Messages:
    6,770
    Loc:
    Syracuse NY
    It is cider time here right now.

    Attached Files:

  7. hossthehermit

    hossthehermit Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    May 17, 2008
    Messages:
    2,303
    Loc:
    Maine, ayuh, by gorry
    I can buy Orloff cheaper than I can make it. It's easier. It's legal. It's safer.
  8. Mrs. Krabappel

    Mrs. Krabappel Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2010
    Messages:
    1,568
    Loc:
    Blue Ridge Mountains NC
    I want to ferment some cider without making the cider myself. I live in apple country, and I'm having a hard time finding any for an affordable price. $5 a gallon :gulp:
  9. FireManDan

    FireManDan Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2011
    Messages:
    92
    Loc:
    Scotland,CT
    I bought some store brand Musselmans from walmart that was $3.98 a gallon. Cheaper alternative to the local orchard and taste good.
  10. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2007
    Messages:
    7,227
    Loc:
    N.E. Penna
    That's what it often goes for in my area. I called ahead (orchard store) and told them I'd buy 20 gals if they could give me a deal and they sold it to me for 3 bucks a gal. Pretty good savings I thought! Maybe get some folks to go in with you?

    pen
  11. homebrewz

    homebrewz Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2005
    Messages:
    963
    Loc:
    East Central, NY
    That's a good idea.. you can make a deal with orchards for their unsold expiring cider, though it depends on any preservatives used. Sometimes that stuff in excess amounts will inhibit fermentation.

    Many orchards will do custom pressings for folks with a certain bushel minimum. Around here its around $1 to $2 a gallon with a 5 to 10 bushel minimum. See if you can bring your own containers.. carboy or 5 gallon bucket.
  12. Mrs. Krabappel

    Mrs. Krabappel Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2010
    Messages:
    1,568
    Loc:
    Blue Ridge Mountains NC
    Okay Pen I got a break on the price. Can't find your recipe! I am going to use yeast.
  13. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Messages:
    15,452
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    Around here all the cider in the stores are pasteurized . . . would that still work for making hard cider? Personally, I can't stand pasteurized cider anyways . . . tastes like unfiltered apple juice to me vs. the non-pasteurized cider.
  14. wilbwworker

    wilbwworker New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2011
    Messages:
    4
    Loc:
    Massachusetts
    I have 40 gallons of wine going now
    chianti
    Malbec
    Sangiovese
    Cab Sauv
    Sirah
  15. Highbeam

    Highbeam Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2006
    Messages:
    9,300
    Loc:
    base of Mt. Rainier on the wet side, WA
    You want pateurized juice. No preservatives, no sorbates or other chemicals, just pasteurized. This kills the natural bugs, yeasts, and bacteria that may be stronger than the yeast that you choose. Should the wrong bugs take over the fermentation, you could end up with apple-cider vinegar which is fine if you want 5 gallons of vinegar but not if you want hard cider. In the abscence of pasteurozed juice you have to kill the natural bugs yourself which normally involves campden tablets which is better known as sulfites and gives people headaches. No thanks, regular pasteurized cider is ideal.

    5$ a gallon is cheap. That's 25$ for a 5 gallon batch which is 53 12 ounce bottles which is 50 cents each and is cheaper than buying the junkiest busch macro beer. And it's freaking wonderful homebrew hard cider!

    Don't cheap out on ingredients if you want real local cider. You might save 5 or 6 bucks on a 5 gallon batch to go from really good ingredients to some sort of rehydrated chinese cider powder from 1967.
  16. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Messages:
    15,452
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    Ah, I've learned something new today . . . thanks HighBeam . . . I'll take the rest of the day off from thinking now. ;) :)
  17. northwinds

    northwinds Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2006
    Messages:
    1,347
    Loc:
    south central WI
    I've been home brewing for over twenty years and used to be very active in the internet
    home brewing community, including a paid column for one of the informational web sites
    that went bust about a decade ago.

    Then I got heavily into home roasting coffee and eventually opened my own coffee roastery.
    Now that the coffee business has been sold off, I'm back into home brewing, doing three consecutive
    batches in the spring and three more batches in the fall, which are all kegged and quickly tapped
    empty by friends and family. I stick to a tried and true pale ale recipe in the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    style and supplement that with many of the fine craft microbrews from south central Wisconsin.
  18. wood thing

    wood thing Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2010
    Messages:
    91
    Loc:
    potter co. pa.
    I don't do beer because I find it hard to make good beer. I do alot of fruit wine which I find very good. My cellar includes about 200 bottles . Always something brewing.

Share This Page