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Old 01-31-2006, 09:39 AM   #76
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All you need is a 5 gallon bucket with a lid and a 3 gallon pot, then the bottles to put the beer in afterward and you can make pretty decent beer.


No need for a large fridge or kegerator.
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Old 01-31-2006, 11:47 AM   #77
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All you need is a 5 gallon bucket with a lid and a 3 gallon pot, then the bottles to put the beer in afterward and you can make pretty decent beer.


No need for a large fridge or kegerator.
My frig can't fit a 5 gallon bucket unless I throw out everything I eat. Otherwise, I put a tap on that 5 gallon buck for ease of pouring.
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Old 01-31-2006, 11:52 AM   #78
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My frig can't fit a 5 gallon bucket unless I throw out everything I eat. Otherwise, I put a tap on that 5 gallon buck for ease of pouring.
The bucket is for fermenting. Leaving it in your heated apartment/house at close to 65-75 will definitely be good enough to make beer. In fact I still don't have reliable temp control on my fermenters (huge thing of water with a fish heater in the winter is close to really stable though).


Trust me, its easy to just do basic brewing. Nothing fancy is needed.
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Old 01-31-2006, 11:52 AM   #79
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The bucket doesn't go in the fridge. It's for primary fermentation, which is done around room temperature.
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Old 01-31-2006, 02:04 PM   #80
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^^ So how much beer do you get from a 5 gallon bucket then?
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Old 01-31-2006, 02:07 PM   #81
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5 gallons. Its technically a 6.5 gallon bucket to allow for the krausen (foam created during fermentation) to form in the headspace.

You can see one designed specifically for this here at the top: http://www.northernbrewer.com/ferment.html
(tons of homebrew sites out there, just one of many mentioned above)

You would also need an airlock, or create your own using tubing and a bucket of water.


Then you need a bucket to move the beer into after it finishes fermenting. You mix the beer with priming sugar In this bucket and then into the bottles. Priming sugar is basically food for the yeast while in the bottles to create the carbonation.


Along with a few miscallaneous things like bottles, caps, capper, siphon tube and racking cane.


It can be done for cheap and with very little room required. Of course there are always more things to buy the more you get into it, or the easier you want to make it for yourself.


If you decide to get into it, read this free online book
http://www.howtobrew.com/, and feel free to PM me whenever. There are also of course homebrew forums (right now I only post on the northernbrewer forum).

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Old 01-31-2006, 02:18 PM   #82
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I'm in the awkward position of really enjoying/appreciating good beer, both macro and micro brewed, and being a poor college student who only consumes large quantities of cheep, nasty beer.

That pretty much rules out anything that comes in a bottle, by default.
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That's what's so great about homebrewing; you get decent beer much cheaper than buying it. I started homebrewing in college.
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Old 01-31-2006, 02:41 PM   #84
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Same time I started. I might not have been legal yet, so it might have been easier than getting a buddy and going to the store


You can brew a batch for $20-30. So lets say you brew 5 gallons for $25. That is about 40 12 oz bottles for $25 bucks. Factor in the occasional bad brew, and equipment. If your only goal is to make slightly better beer for cheap, it is definitely possible. I have long surpassed the stage of profitability though, its just a hobby (and aren't those always expensive...). The greatest thing is the range of beers you can make, some which aren't even possible to obtain commercially. Plus good commercial beer is very expensive, and in that light homebrew is definitely cheaper.



Beer:30 has a great thread in OT. The state of the union drinking game
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Old 01-31-2006, 03:10 PM   #85
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HA!!!!!!!!!!!


"How much do you get out of a 5 gallon bucket?"
"5 gallons."



Perfectly reasonable question, and answer, but read quickly, that's pretty funny.
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Old 01-31-2006, 04:59 PM   #86
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Speaking of resteraunts/brew pubs--has anyone been to Franklin's in Hyattsville (i think) on Rt 1? Any impressions?
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Old 01-31-2006, 10:15 PM   #87
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Are you telling me that the resturants I have been to east of Old Dominion with SS kettles and everything needed to brew beer are for looks? Like Sweetwater Tavern, Rock Bottom Brewery and others?
As lotusdrift pointed out, they are the only place in the DC area (their own statement) that allows the patron to brew their own beer on the premise. Brew pubs are a different story.

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