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Old 04-16-2009, 08:52 AM   #1
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Anyone else brew beer?

So I've been brewing my own beer for around 2 years. I'm making a couple of clones of my favorite beers right now. I have 5 gallons of Fat Tire and 5 gallons of Sierra Nevada going. I'd say I have around 8 different kinds of beer sitting in bottles in the pantry, and plan to make a few more before summer gets here so I'll be all stocked up for plenty of BBQ's.
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I drink it!
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:03 AM   #4
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Ya, cloning is one of the main reasons I started doing it because some of my favorite beers are $4-$5 a bottle. But if you can make it yourself, its more like 50 cents a bottle. The only annoying thing about it is that it takes time and some culinary skills. I suck at cooking, so its a challenge. But if you do it right, you get to have some fine beer for a whole lot less. I screwed up a few beers. One wound up being close to 14% alcohol , which was actually a good accident. Meant drinking one beer is all you need cause it will hammer you!
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I LOVE FAT TIRE!! Been buying it for years. 1st tried it in Boulder, Co



I used to buy spent hops from a large local brewery, and make Beer bread. The brewer would buy most of the loaves I made.
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That is awesome, Brewing is the next hobby I would like to get into. You should try to clone Rogue Dead Guy
Thats a dangerous brew. I lost a cell phone to that one.

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I LOVE FAT TIRE!! Been buying it for years. 1st tried it in Boulder, Co
Me too! I can't get it here and that sucks. I keep visiting their site to see when they may finally distrbute it here. No luck so far. I first tried it in Boise.
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Beer brewer here!
Got a Pale Ale in the Keg right now.
A dark ale in secondary ferment and a red in primary,
I'm addicted! Haven't tried to clone a beer yet, just messing around w/ my own recipes.
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Beer brewer here!
Got a Pale Ale in the Keg right now.
A dark ale in secondary ferment and a red in primary,
I'm addicted! Haven't tried to clone a beer yet, just messing around w/ my own recipes.
You using kegs or bottles? I'm thinking of shifting to kegs because keeping all the bottles and cleaning them is a royal pain. As far as cloning, I've done a few and none turn out exactly like the beer I'm trying to recreate. I know that New Belgium has their own special yeast, which gives it that unique biscuit-like flavor. So the clone I have uses a different yeast and grain ingredients to supposedly get the right flavor. It'll probably be good no matter what.

My Wife makes wine. Her latest one was super good.
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When you guys use words like "cloning" ...Now thats something I have done.










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I made my first batch around xmas. Just a cheapo brand called blonde beer. No complaints, 63 beer for 18$
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I brew. I have an ESB in a keg and an IPA fermenting right now!
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Hopefully you Americans are doing it right and "cloning" Canadian beer!
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Hopefully you Americans are doing it right and "cloning" Canadian beer!
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I dont think Fat Tire tastes like it used to do you guys?
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:06 AM   #16
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Don't do beer but I make mead. Bottling 6gal. of Pyment (honey/grape) this weekend and I've got 6gal. of a sweet pear mead in the secondary. I'll be making another pyment in a week or so. That recipe (we call it "Bloodline") has won a few ribbons in the Drunk Monk Challange. I try to keep at least 50-100 bottles of several diferent kinds on hand at all times.
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I'm gonna start a Pale Ale this weekend.

Anybody cloned Leinie's berry weiss? It's the only type of beer my gf likes and it's not always that easy to find. I'd like to have a good recipe in case we can't get it anymore.
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Don't do beer but I make mead. Bottling 6gal. of Pyment (honey/grape) this weekend and I've got 6gal. of a sweet pear mead in the secondary. I'll be making another pyment in a week or so. That recipe (we call it "Bloodline") has won a few ribbons in the Drunk Monk Challange. I try to keep at least 50-100 bottles of several diferent kinds on hand at all times.
I heard it takes a year or so before mead is ready to drink. Is that true?
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I used to brew beer but my wife hates the smell of hops. As much as I love it I mainly do wine now and an occasional batch of Mead. Last year I made close to 300 bottles.
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I heard it takes a year or so before mead is ready to drink. Is that true?
It takes a while for it to fully mature but it's more than drinkable after a week or so. The longer it sits, the better it is, though. That's why I try to keep so much on hand. Drink the older stuff and sit on the new. I've put down a fair amount of recently bottled mead and it's just fine! I wouldn't make anything that I'd have to wait THAT long to drink. I just don't think I have that kind of patience.
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