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#1 Jan 05 2004 at 11:00 AM Rating: Good
Last week I made my first attempt at home brew.

After boiling the wort and placing it in the carboy I put it in the basement to ferment for a week. Then I decided it was time to go play some EQ upstairs after I cleaned everything. (I own a cap cod style home…well my bank does I mean)

After about 2 hours in the game I hear and BOOM! (Being up stairs this was quite loud for me to be able to hear it)

I run downstairs to find that the top valve had blown off the carboy and spread hops and barley all over the ceiling. After cleaning it up I go back to playing EQ again and after about an hour later BOOM! it happens again. I decide after cleaning it up the second time to leave the top off for the night.

After checking things out online I find that this can happen if it ferments too vigorously and found out a way to prevent it from happening again by using a 1 inch hose and a bucket of water.

Yesterday was bottling day and the beer smells great! Now I have to wait four weeks to sample the fruits of my labor so to speak.

I’m hoping that by leaving the top off the carboy the first night I didn’t screw it up. It smelled good yesterday so I think its ok but only time will tell…

So anyone else here ever brew any beer at home?
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#2 Jan 05 2004 at 11:44 AM Rating: Decent
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Home brew is for tight bastards, or alcoholics that don't want the local store owner to know exactly how much booze they go through. Which are you?
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#3 Jan 05 2004 at 12:04 PM Rating: Excellent
Lol

Can always count on Pat to be a dick.
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#4 Jan 05 2004 at 12:15 PM Rating: Excellent
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Mmmmmmmmmmmm. Beer.

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#5 Jan 05 2004 at 12:19 PM Rating: Decent
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So which are you?
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#6 Jan 05 2004 at 12:24 PM Rating: Excellent
Actually neither. I like to support my local party store owner... Baboo is his name.(Buy a fifth of Beefeater from him a week approx.) And I'm far from tight.

Just something I always wanted to try and Santa made it possiable this year.
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#7 Jan 05 2004 at 12:59 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm sure there are things I've left in my room that are fermenting into some sort of alcohol as we speak.

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#8 Jan 05 2004 at 2:57 PM Rating: Good
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I got one of those Mr. Brew or whatever beermaking kits from my parents for Christmas. I had a roommate who once tried the same thing, it came out really stank but he probably did something wrong. I haven't tried mine yet since I didn't want to take it home on the train...
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#9 Jan 06 2004 at 4:10 AM Rating: Decent
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Actually neither.


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#10 Jan 06 2004 at 7:44 AM Rating: Decent
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Had some friends who brewed there own elderberry wine.

Tasted like sh*t but it was about 120 proof.
#11 Jan 06 2004 at 7:44 AM Rating: Excellent
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Wow Pat, it took you almost a whole day to come up with that? I thought you could do better... I'm losing faith in you man.
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#12 Jan 06 2004 at 7:58 AM Rating: Decent
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I actually like to brew MEAD, which for those that dont know is honey and water, plus your basics.

From memory, not looking now, honey is 12 or 14% water and when it reaches 21% and over it ferments.
A good fermentation can take years, but I like to make them around 6 to 10 months.
I like using strawberry clover honey, mmmmmm.
I have also made sparkling mead by adding a spoon of sugar on bottling (probably broke every rule in doing so, but there you go)
Being in Australia, the most common types of honey are eucyliptus honey, but I dont like it much.

Ohhh almost forgot, the current mead I have brewing now, is 3 years and 4 months old, thought I would try a long one this time, and I must say, most favourite time in the whole process, is removing the lid on the brewing barrel, I love that smell.


Anyhow, there you are :-)

Jenn


Edited, Tue Jan 6 08:01:43 2004 by Jenneyfer
#13 Jan 06 2004 at 8:01 AM Rating: Decent
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Wow Pat, it took you almost a whole day to come up with that? I thought you could do better... I'm losing faith in you man.


Tacosid was right about you, you really are as sharp as a marble.
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#14 Jan 06 2004 at 9:22 AM Rating: Excellent
Now that’s the Pat I know!

Keep on your game Pat, kind of depressing to see you fall down like that.
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