brewmasters...who makes?

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  1. Daver

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    i started with the noble grape set up, it was 101 and change, it comes with everything you need and your first brew minus bottles and bottling sugar.
     
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    Did you just have a stroke? lol
     
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    NG has start up kits....so does kijiji...you can start up for around $100...I think NG was including a festa kit with their package (not sure how much that was).

    The festa kits are very easy to get use to timing and temps....

    I did a grain boil...that's where the fun is...you can play with the beer at this point...or you can dry hop a festa kit...I'm hooked, it's a lot of fun making and drinking your own brew
     
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    I suggest getting the start up kit from Noble Grape, along with a Festabrew Kit - they are the best "Kits" you can buy..very easy and quality beer.


    From there, if you decide you like it, look into BIAB (brew in a bag). It would give you the ability to make what you get in the Festabrew kit from scratch; literally starting from the grain and water, adding hops and boiling.

    The extra equipment needed to get into a BIAB setup would basically be a turkey fryer (propane burner) and a large pot (~55l in size). I started brewing all grain on a single tier, 3 vessel brewing stand but recently switched to BIAB. It's a lot less equipment, easier to do & learn, and a lot less cleanup. Realistically, you could get into a BIAB setup for a couple hundred extra...it opens up a whole new world of brewing though.

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    My BIAB Setup:

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    That's badass...you a brewnoser?
     
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    Yep - Jimmy on the forums over there.
     
  7. JAC

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    I thought that was you gear....jacinthebox there
     
  8. BenFrank

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    Kegged Festa Brew Westcoast IPA last night, cranked to 30 PSI and will let it sit for 2 days then drop down to serving pressure...

    Good idea?


    Also pitched a "Canadian Draught" and Mangrove Jacks Mexican Cervasa (which was 6 months past it's best before date) we'll see how that goes.

    So far, I'm loving skipping the secondary fermentation.
     
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    A short video from my brew day today. I was brewing a winter warmer and using a new hybrid method. It's part BIAB, part traditional method. It seems to be the best trade off for maintaining temperatures, while minimizing cleanup & lifting on brew day. I'm very happy with the outcome.

     
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    that's awesome...
    I have so much to learn
     
  11. Jimmy_B

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    If you're looking to get into all grain, or just want to see the process, post up on the Brewnosers and I'm sure you'll get invites to check out someones brew day.
     
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    Jimmy where's the color commentary?
     
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    Yeahhhh....Not so much the type to narrate a video..lol
     
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    I'm brewing a Wit (white) this weekend.
    Part grain/malt
     
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    Have a Fiesta Continental Pil on the go now, decided to give'er a try. Trying to decide which one to do next haha
     
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    i got a Cider kit the other day, just gotta get around to starting it
     
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    got a Mangrove Jacks Pear Cider in the carboy. Just have to wait 7 days in the carboy then it will ready to bottle. should be ready to drink by christmas break
     
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    Nice, not a lover of ciders but may be an interesting venture lol
     
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    thought it would be a nice change for a bit. hopefully it turns out
     
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    I lagered my last festa Pilsner...worth the extra effort...cleaner finish, and a clearer brew
     
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    I started a Winter Cream Ale this weekend

    It's a Cream Ale with added vanilla...smells awesome in the primary

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    Jimmy, think I should oak this in the Secondary?

    I guess the (granville winter) vanilla is really from white chocolate...how do you add white chocolate??? Butter? maybe that's why the Granville winter doesn't have a ton of head???




    I also bottled my belgian wit
     
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    Bottled some hard apple cider that has been sitting in the carbuoy for over a year last night - I didn't intentionally leave it there that long - I just hate bottling and never got around to it! It was clear as clear could be and tasted incredible.

    I then started some red wine (Tempranillo) and a West Coast IPA; stocks are running really low and I waited too long to have stuff ready for Christmas, but better late than never. I need to pick up a keg system; the only part of the process that I can't stand is bottling.
     
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    My Wit turned out great...not as cloudy as I thought it might be...but it's fully carb'd and it's only been in the bottle for a week.

    I also would love to keg...I could double my production lol...I can't wait to bottle and carb my Winter Cream Ale...It smelled awesome coming out of the primary
     
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    so when are we gonna have a guys RC night and taste all the wine and beer we make.
     
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    I'm down.

    I can bring a keg or two.

    Jac, how do you stay fit ( I know you workout from the Health and Fitness forum) and drink so much beer?
     
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    I don't drink as much as I brew...and I'm in a winter bulk now...lol...
     
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    I need to buy another carboy...going to start another wine New Zealand Sav Blanc...takes 8 weeks (10 days in the primary, the rest in the carboy)...and I will need to make a batch or two (beer) for Super Bowl
     
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    bring back from the dead.

    just bottled a cider kit. i cant tell if my hydrometer is wonky or i just made non alcoholic cider.
    the kit says the starting SG should be 1.040-1.048. the hydrometer read 1.010. then just before bottling i check the sg again and it read 1.010..
     

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