Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by DNW, Jul 20, 2007.
I'm drinking a beer I made myself...and it's not completely awful
^mad props. what'd you make?
holy shit the place i'm going also has bcbs coffee. and rattle n hum has bitches brew, cuir, wee heavy, and GI old ruffian. going to have to make a trip back someday. any ny heads want to meet up with nahneun and me for a proper beering next next weekend?
An "American Light Ale" from mr beer...I got the kit for $11 and I have wanted to try brewing for years so it was a cheap way to try it out. The results exceed my expectations. I think I fermented it a bit too warm which made it fruity...but I think the fruity flavor covers for the fact that it's shitty style of beer. Still, $11 for 22 bottles of drinkable beer ain't half bad.
This was just a sample to make sure it had carbonated. Another 2 weeks of conditioning in the bottle in the fridge is supposed to be a big improvement top of this.
They taste decent enough that my disclaimer may not be needed:
Now I've got a real ingredient kit for an Extra Pale Ale from a homebrew store. Will be splitting the recipe in half and brewing in the Mr Beer in 2 batches this weekend.
i loled at the sticker. nicely done
That's awesome. I've been wanting to do that for a while. I have a friend who makes incredible beer. He's also a trained chef, but if I could do it 75% as well as he does I would probably save a lot of money.
from what I've read, it's note really a huge moneysaver if you are already buying expensive beer....It's cheaper, but not if you value your time (although it doesn't take that much time...but I bet you could buy an awful lot of beer for an hour or two of your billable rate).
The thing is that its really not that hard to make great beers. You're working with fresh quality ingredients and producing beer that's not going to get trucked around in the heat and languish on store shelves. So just buying a kit and following the recipe makes you some pretty tasty stuff once you sort of know what you are doing. Plus, if there is something you don't like, you can tweak the ingredients.
So if you are making $25-$30 (5 gallon) kits the beer comes out to being inexpensive. If you are making $50-60 kits, it gets a little harder to make the value proposition, but you should be getting some pretty badass beer. e.g. one of the big homebrew shops collaborated with Surly to make a a Furious recipe kit...it goes for $60 when they manage to have it in stock, but should be damn good (and its not like you could buy Surly in your area).
edit: and its not like the $30 kits are necessarily worse. In my inexperienced view, it just seems that some styles require much more expensive ingredients. Ingredients for a big stout cost more than than a pale ale, but both recipes may be rated 5 stars and you don't want to drink a stout after mowing the lawn.
Stumbled into a bar with a 1/2 price draft special last night... Founders Imperial Stout for $3.50. Expected a tulip, got a pint. I don't understand how that place made any money. Needless to say I wasn't feeling too great this morning.
That's cool. I got 5 gallons of a cherry stout in the basement. I'll put it in the keg in a couple weeks.
Stone Old Guardian. Smoked beers are really hit or miss for me, but this one was really nice with some sharp English cheddar.
Founders RIS is probably my favorite seasonal release by them maybe double trouble. But either way so good.
Got my dark lord tickets today. Bring on the clusterfuck!
Radeberger Pilsner tonight.
Had the Trader Joe's brewed "Stockyard Oatmeal Stout" earlier today. Liked it a lot actually. A lot more light and drinkable than most stouts...which is good since I was drinking it with lunch.
And the Original Gravity on my beer matched exactly with what it was supposed to be. Wasn't sure what would happen since I am using a Brix Refractometer instead of a hydrometer (wastes too much beer)
Marston's Pedigree tonight.
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