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    Any Homebrewers?

    I used to be quite the homebrewer, and actually built myself a 1/2 barrel semi-automated brewstand. I've been a hop broker, which I sold the business about 6 months after starting (http://www.atonofhops.com/ , a couple of guys bought it and just kept it going basically the way I had, didn't even change the website I made), and have dabbled in assisting micro and nano breweries start up or actually investing in them to keep them going in rough times. This assistance turned out to be more lucrative than the brokerage.

    Anyone else here do a bit of brewing on the side? Do you do it for fun or are you hardcore?

    I've since given up on brewing because there was a conflict of interest with my day job. Little did I know that the one owner(who has since retired from the "day job" business) and the engineering manager, whom I worked under at the time (and I taught how to brew), were opening up a brewpub in my area. Needless to say, I still have the knowledge, and am here to help if there are questions. So I figured I'd start a thread, and if you want you can PM me with any assistance you might need. I actually DO know about brewing, not so much about tractors, so I can help with just about any phase you may be in.

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    I don't do any of it, but have considered it from time to time. Had a friend in college that did a lot of home brewing, and I really enjoyed that beer. (As long as it was not the end of that particular run, as he had a lot of dregs in the last bottles. I think he was drinking as he bottled!)

    There is a feed store within an hour drive of me that sells almost everything one needs to make homebrew or wine. Every time I go in there, I am VERY tempted!
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    I do a little brewing. Beer and wine. I think I'll start the next batch of beer sometime around the first of December. I may have some questions for you. Thanks for offering your knowledge.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Milharri View Post
    I do a little brewing. Beer and wine. I think I'll start the next batch of beer sometime around the first of December. I may have some questions for you. Thanks for offering your knowledge.


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    My pleasure! I might even make a little batch just for the holidays myself. I do miss my pumpkin ale and my ton-o-hops IPA...
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    I've been brewing on and off for almost 20 years. Mostly 5 Gallon buckets of IPA kits and then bottle conditioned. I've done more complicated, from grains and kegging and what not, but I find the kits to come out tasting pretty good and simple and easy.

    I've also done wine and mead every now and then.

    Last year I did something new and made some Apple Hard Cider that turned out pretty good, need to try that again.
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    I'm very close to building a brew sculpture and ordering some goodies from Bru-Gear!!!

    I'll trade you brewing advice for tractor advice any day of the week, or weekend.......

    I'll send you our equipment shopping list here soon and you can tell me what you think. I'm thinking it'll be a high end "fun" system. Meant for production for friends and family. Me and a friend are funding it, and a younger friend of ours who's still in school is going to be our "brewmaster". I'm the type of guy to spend once, cry once, and then be happy so I'm going all stainless, high heat pumps, good hoses, etc. We want to go from the grains to our lips - no kits. I know that's a tall order, but that's how we roll.....

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    Don't brew, but I can always be available as a quality control sampler, just to make sure you're doing it right.
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    I would actually love to get into home brewing especially after a quick trip to Missoula MT where they have a great selection of micro brewery's. I will keep your offer in my mind as I would like to keg my own brew.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jer View Post
    I'm very close to building a brew sculpture and ordering some goodies from Bru-Gear!!!

    I'll trade you brewing advice for tractor advice any day of the week, or weekend.......

    I'll send you our equipment shopping list here soon and you can tell me what you think. I'm thinking it'll be a high end "fun" system. Meant for production for friends and family. Me and a friend are funding it, and a younger friend of ours who's still in school is going to be our "brewmaster". I'm the type of guy to spend once, cry once, and then be happy so I'm going all stainless, high heat pumps, good hoses, etc. We want to go from the grains to our lips - no kits. I know that's a tall order, but that's how we roll.....

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    Not such a tall order at all. I can help along the way, just ask.

    When I gave it all up I was brewing from grain to lips, just as you stated. I've got three of my brews on tap at the local brewpub (my recipe), brewed on a 15 bbl system. I've got about 10 years of experience, so there isn't much I haven't done wrong...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exeter View Post
    I would actually love to get into home brewing especially after a quick trip to Missoula MT where they have a great selection of micro brewery's. I will keep your offer in my mind as I would like to keg my own brew.
    I can help here too, that way you don't spend too much on un-needed equipment, and get you set up to keg, carbonate, and serve. Let me know when you'd like to start kegging and I can set you up with a nice list of "needs".

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