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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Fents » Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:27 am

gace the 120L kettle a test run the other day, worked like a dreaaaaaam. Had about 80L's boiling and no sign of a boilover which was nice for once.

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by breaksRbest » Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:06 am

120 litres!!!!!
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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Fents » Thu Aug 14, 2008 12:02 pm

yea but i obv never fill it to the top - 100L max i'd say otherwise it starts getting a bit scary.

gonna buy one of these - Image
then put one of these in it - Image (beerbelly false bottom)

and then thats my 120L mash tun sorted.

Then all i need is another 80L pot with a 2400w element in it to heat my water (HLT) and put a sight gauge on it.

After that it'll be welb up a nice brew frame for it all to sit neatly in like this - Image

last but will be a march pump so i dont have to lift hot water anymore - Image

Then years down the track i'll end up automating it with PID control box's and specific written software to control temps, flow rates etc etc.

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Direkt » Thu Aug 14, 2008 12:05 pm

'ken hell Fents!

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by breaksRbest » Thu Aug 14, 2008 12:12 pm

what would be the total outlay for a set up like that?
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Post by Direkt » Thu Aug 14, 2008 12:14 pm

More than $30 I'd reckon

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Fents » Thu Aug 14, 2008 12:24 pm

120L pot w/ tap fitted and hop screen - $365
120L esky w/ BB Falsie and tap - $200
80L dedicated HLT w/ 2400w element fitted - $250
Brew frame materials and welding - $250 max maybe
March Pump - $259.95
Hose's, Fittings and misc shit - $200

The price of being able to make 100L of any beer i like....you know the score.

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by breaksRbest » Thu Aug 14, 2008 12:26 pm

farken awesome, but it would have to wait until I buy a house and get my own 'Man Shed'
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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Fents » Thu Aug 14, 2008 12:40 pm

A shed is the only thing im missing mate. Brewing on the deck will have to do till i buy my next house, at least its under cover somewhat.

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Blaxter » Thu Aug 14, 2008 2:33 pm

I use to brew in the laundry and store the bottles in the hot water cupbroard.
Man shed is excessive, but if you can get a bar and a beer fridge inside it as well = major win.

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by huge » Thu Aug 14, 2008 2:39 pm

jeebus nice stuff fents. my dreams of a homebrew empire are slowly fading lol.

might have to take it up in china.
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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by menace » Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:00 pm

farkin mad set up fents

this site pretty good for recipes http://beerrecipes.org/

i havnt brewed beer for ab 6 years but i think im going to give it a crack again .

All i need is a bin ,Paddle,Steriliser ,Thermometer and some thing to pour it into the bottles and im rolling yeah ?

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Fents » Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:02 am

nice site menace but theres not heaps of all grain recipes on there, looks good for kits and partials tho.

as far as setting you up your best bet is to go to a homebrew shop and ask for a starter kit - $75 and you'll get everything including your first brew.

option 2 is to walk into kmart or target and buy a coopers kit off the shelf - $60 and again it includes absolutley everything you'll need to start up again incl your first brew.

tightarse option 3 is to go to bunnings, buy a 30L fermentor, drill a hole in the top, then go buy all the bits separate from a homebrew shop, heres a list if you decide this route :
1 Airlock
1 Airlock grommet
1 Mash Paddle / Spoon
1 plastic tap for fermenter
1 Sediment reducer for tap
Hydrometer and test jar
stick on thermoter
Bottles
Crown Seals
Bottle capper - get a good one, not a hammer capper youll kill yourself
Bottle brush

then buy your ingredients for your first brew and your done. let me know if you need anything.

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by breaksRbest » Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:40 am

I couldn't find a fermentor at Bunnings when I was looking


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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Fents » Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:56 am

there sold as water drum tanks im 98% sure.

think we are heading into goat for beer n pizza's next friday night if anyone is up for it? gee?

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by breaksRbest » Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:09 pm

I'll be in Sydney next Friday
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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Feigan » Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:19 pm

^ fuck yeah you will!

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by mrj » Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:58 pm

lol I just totally misread the title to this thread.

I was all like "since when have we had The Complete Hewbrew Thread????"

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by menace » Fri Aug 15, 2008 7:10 pm

Fents wrote:nice site menace but theres not heaps of all grain recipes on there, looks good for kits and partials tho.

as far as setting you up your best bet is to go to a homebrew shop and ask for a starter kit - $75 and you'll get everything including your first brew.

option 2 is to walk into kmart or target and buy a coopers kit off the shelf - $60 and again it includes absolutley everything you'll need to start up again incl your first brew.

tightarse option 3 is to go to bunnings, buy a 30L fermentor, drill a hole in the top, then go buy all the bits separate from a homebrew shop, heres a list if you decide this route :
1 Airlock
1 Airlock grommet
1 Mash Paddle / Spoon
1 plastic tap for fermenter
1 Sediment reducer for tap
Hydrometer and test jar
stick on thermoter
Bottles
Crown Seals
Bottle capper - get a good one, not a hammer capper youll kill yourself
Bottle brush

then buy your ingredients for your first brew and your done. let me know if you need anything.


thanks fents .. i live in scotland but ;)
going wing it a Bit $$ for gear here
maddies try and charge ya 60 quid for those cooper kits ... and 45 old quidjust for basic bucket with add ons soo would cost you more like 70 quid
how ab plastic kegs ? worth the money or not ?

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by same o » Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:00 pm

i have been looking at courses in brewing.

they look pretty full on, looks like i would need to do a food science degree
or chemistry degree.

lol dont think i would be able to do it

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by same o » Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:00 am

hey fents,

i am thinking about buying a starter kit this weekend.

do u recon for my first brew it would be a better idea to buy a can kit,
or should i go straight into the grains?

i got a book on it the other day, mashing is just adding water to grains yeah?

there aint no actuall mashing as the name would suggest is there?

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Direkt » Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:04 am

Fents wrote:there sold as water drum tanks im 98% sure.

think we are heading into goat for beer n pizza's next friday night if anyone is up for it? gee?

Only just saw this now... damnit...

Been meaning to go there for beer and pizza's of a Friday for some time.

For those interested, BEST BEER BAR IN TOWN = The Local Taphouse, East St. Kilda.

http://www.thelocal.com.au/

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Fents » Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:21 am

sAme'0 wrote:hey fents,

i am thinking about buying a starter kit this weekend.

do u recon for my first brew it would be a better idea to buy a can kit,
or should i go straight into the grains?

i got a book on it the other day, mashing is just adding water to grains yeah?

there aint no actuall mashing as the name would suggest is there?


Walk before ya run mate.

Go to a good homebrew shop and just get a basic starter kit or waltz into kmart and buy a coopers fermenter kit off the shelves for about $70 i think they are.

For your first one just do a normal kit but add some malt extract and some hops to make it nicer than a plain kit. Heres a good starter recipe. :

PeteyBear Ale

1 Tin Of Goo (we call goo the stuff taht comes in cans on the shelf - coopers can, brigalow, tooheys etc)
1 Tin of Cooper Liquid Malt extract (any good brew store will sell it)
500Grams Dextrose
20Grams Amarillo Hops

Put the tim of coopers liquid malt extract in a pot with 3 litres of water and bring to the boil. Boil it for 30mins adding 10grams of hops at the start of the boil and 10grams of hops with 5 mins left of the boil (25mins into the boil) then turn off.

Pour your tin of Goo (coopers Ale tin?) into the fermenter along with the 500grams dextrose, then strain the stuff you boiled into the fermenter through a strainer and mix it all together really well. Top up fermenter with cold water to 21Litres. Seal it all up, leave it to ferment (at 18c) for 9 days, prime your bottles, bottle it, drink it.

Get my digits off steve and give me a bell and depending on how long ya got to talk i'll tell ya more or come to my joint one sat morn and we'll go to my homebrew shop just round the corner and get dave to sort ya out down there in one big hit.

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Fents » Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:24 am

sAme'0 wrote:i have been looking at courses in brewing.

they look pretty full on, looks like i would need to do a food science degree
or chemistry degree.

lol dont think i would be able to do it


theres a course run by NMIT Tafe up in bendigo for brewing....no degree's reqd....details :

http://www.nmit.vic.edu.au/shortcourses ... ction.html

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Fents » Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:25 am

Direktor wrote:
Fents wrote:there sold as water drum tanks im 98% sure.

think we are heading into goat for beer n pizza's next friday night if anyone is up for it? gee?

Only just saw this now... damnit...

Been meaning to go there for beer and pizza's of a Friday for some time.

For those interested, BEST BEER BAR IN TOWN = The Local Taphouse, East St. Kilda.

http://www.thelocal.com.au/


cocko's beer looked like it went ok for the first one. he bringing in samplers for you to try at work?

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by same o » Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:39 am

cheers for all that fents ur a star. would love to come over, but fucken radio on saturday mornin from 2 till 4 kinda reck me unfortunatley.

i could do on a saturday afternoon tho

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Fents » Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:44 am

yea man he's open till 2pm usually and stays around with me drinking at the shop till 3pm usually.

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by same o » Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:45 am

Fents wrote:yea man he's open till 2pm usually and stays around with me drinking at the shop till 3pm usually.


yeah cool will get ur number of steve and give ya bell.

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by breaksRbest » Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:58 am

Liquid Malt Extract ya reckon? I've been using LDME

will try that next batch
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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Fents » Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:05 pm

ones liquid extract ones powder extract, wont make too much diff mate but i find it used to dissolve better in the fermenter than the dried stuff (used to clump together a bit).

what you got on the go at the moment gee?

just finished my party keg setup, portable keg anywhere anytime now. bring on that melbbeats BBQ this year ;)

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Post by Direkt » Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:07 pm

Fents wrote:
Direktor wrote:
Fents wrote:there sold as water drum tanks im 98% sure.

think we are heading into goat for beer n pizza's next friday night if anyone is up for it? gee?

Only just saw this now... damnit...

Been meaning to go there for beer and pizza's of a Friday for some time.

For those interested, BEST BEER BAR IN TOWN = The Local Taphouse, East St. Kilda.

http://www.thelocal.com.au/


cocko's beer looked like it went ok for the first one. he bringing in samplers for you to try at work?

Yeah, he better be! I've been getting samples of his other beers - had a really nice Brown Ale early in the week...

Ol' Cocko reckons he's been badgering you to death lately, but that you've been mighty helpful. Good work Cpt. Beer!

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by breaksRbest » Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:08 pm

Just drank teh last of my reserves and the fermenter is empty :(

supplies this weekend. Any suggestions? Might make 2 batches
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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Fents » Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:12 pm

prob last chance to do a pilsner / lager before the weather warms up, why not do a couple of them so ya got em ready for the warmer days ahead? or do 1 pils and 1 ale...

need recipes?

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by breaksRbest » Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:15 pm

I've got a dedicated fridge for the Pilsener but I might try a Pale Ale in the other fermentor.

Got any good Pale Ale recipes? (I'm thinkin Little Creatures stylee)

only if it can handle the current temp though, otherwise an Ale fo some sort
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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Fents » Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:46 pm

forgot u had the fridge!

you onto partial mash grains yet or still kits + extract (dme, ldme) gee, i cant remember?

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by breaksRbest » Thu Sep 18, 2008 1:28 pm

yeah mate, still on the basic method. I wanna perfect that before I move onto mashing etc
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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Fents » Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:24 pm

BRB Lager

1 can of coopers bavarian Lager
1 can of Light Liquid Malt extract
20 grams of hops (add 10g's at 10mins and dry hop in your fermenter with the other 10g's) - your choice but i'd go somthing like sazz or hallertau

BRB Ale

1 can Coopers Canadian blonde
1KG Dry Wheat Extract
500g of DME or 300g of dex (to thin it out somewhat)
200g Med. Crystal
20g Amarillo @ 20 mins
20g Amarillo @ 5 mins
20g Amarillo @ Flameout

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by breaksRbest » Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:25 pm

60gm's of hops in teh Ale?

I've only ever used about half that, but that was for Pilseners
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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Fents » Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:29 pm

well you can always reduce it. APA's are all about the hops. It will be a bit green/grassy but will def die down say over 2 weeks in the bottle.

actually thinking about it i'd make it :

10g Amarillo @ 20 mins
15g Amarillo @ 5 mins
20g Amarillo @ Flameout

as the blonde kit will already be a tiny bit bitterness hopped...so we'll cut the first addition in half them ramp up the amounts towards the end so you get the lovley amarillo flavour / aroma and not so much bitterness.

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Direkt » Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:40 pm

I want they!

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Fents » Fri Sep 19, 2008 3:57 pm

Little Creatures bright ale clone! doing a friday twighlight brew tonight with old mate roycie!

Type: All Grain
Date: 19/09/2008
Batch Size: 85.00 L
Brewer: Fenton
Boil Size: 106.52 Litres Asst Brewer: Roycie
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: Fent and Roy Combined mash tuns
Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00
Taste Notes:

Ingredients

Amount Item Type % or IBU
12.75 kg Pilsner, Malt Craft Export (Joe White) (3.2 EBC) Grain 68.73 %
3.60 kg Vienna Malt (Weyermann) (5.9 EBC) Grain 19.41 %
1.10 kg Carafoam (Weyermann) (3.9 EBC) Grain 5.93 %
1.10 kg Wheat Malt, Malt Craft (Joe White) (3.5 EBC) Grain 5.93 %
40.00 gm Cascade [5.90 %] (45 min) Hops 6.5 IBU
40.00 gm Saaz [6.80 %] (45 min) Hops 7.5 IBU
50.00 gm Saaz [6.80 %] (20 min) Hops 6.2 IBU
50.00 gm Cascade [5.90 %] (20 min) Hops 5.3 IBU
60.00 gm Saaz [6.80 %] (0 min) Hops -
60.00 gm Cascade [5.50 %] (0 min) Hops -
1.00 items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 min) Misc


Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.048 SG
Measured Original Gravity: 1.010 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.012 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.005 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 4.58 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 0.65 %
Bitterness: 25.4 IBU Calories: 90 cal/l
Est Color: 6.9 EBC Color:

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by breaksRbest » Fri Sep 19, 2008 4:51 pm

Fents wrote:Little Creatures bright ale clone!



Noice!

looks pretty complicated tho'
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Show off Fents! :wink:

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Fents » Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:26 am

brag post imo.

ended up with 88litres @ 1050 ;)

didnt finish cleaning up till 1am rather toasted. :(

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by breaksRbest » Fri Oct 03, 2008 5:15 pm

fuckin' STOKED! just finished a brew that I'm calling Lil' Chicken Creatures

thanks to the help of Fents :smt023

just about to start the Cooper's Pale Chicken


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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by menace » Fri Oct 03, 2008 10:06 pm

fents

What are the better beers to brew over the winter months ?

stouts & real ales aye

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Fents » Fri Oct 03, 2008 11:59 pm

breaksRbest wrote:fuckin' STOKED! just finished a brew that I'm calling Lil' Chicken Creatures

thanks to the help of Fents :smt023

just about to start the Cooper's Pale Chicken


mmmmmm Beer!


yea gee it was a nice way to spend a friday, way better than working tho u managed a bit of both. :lol: should be a cracker beer, your pad's real nice too, cheers for the hospistality.

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by Fents » Sat Oct 04, 2008 12:06 am

menace wrote:fents

What are the better beers to brew over the winter months ?

stouts & real ales aye


well on theroy its actually better to brew lagers through winter as you need to ferment them between 10-12c or theraabouts so in colder months it easier to do this, ulitamiltly if you had room you would brew a shit load of lagers in winter and drink them in summer and brew stouts and pale ales in summer as they need to frement a bit higher 18c etc in summer and drink them all in winter...good stout in winter is good as you know i cant handle to much of it.

reality is though unless you have good stock its not gonna happen thats why you need a soare brewing fridge to fermnt your beers in and a temnp controller on it to keep it a cinstant temp, then you can brew whatevr you like whenever you like.

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by breaksRbest » Sat Oct 04, 2008 1:56 am

Fents wrote:
breaksRbest wrote:fuckin' STOKED! just finished a brew that I'm calling Lil' Chicken Creatures

thanks to the help of Fents :smt023

just about to start the Cooper's Pale Chicken


mmmmmm Beer!


yea gee it was a nice way to spend a friday, way better than working tho u managed a bit of both. :lol: should be a cracker beer, your pad's real nice too, cheers for the hospistality.


mate, this brew's gonna be better than the mass produced Little Creatures

Lil' Chicken Creatures

Thanks for the advice & special ingredients

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Re: The Complete Homebrew Thread

Post by same o » Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:19 pm

lookin fwd to saturday glenny

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