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    Re: Home brew

    The place you’ll want to be is at Arrowhead Hops this Saturday!

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arrowhead-Hops/199155133452979?ref=hl



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    Re: Home brew

    The beekeeping hobby is finally ramped up to the point where we have enough honey to start experimenting with mead. We have zero experience with brewing. We've been surfing stormthecastle and gotmead, among others. Anyone here have any advice or experience?


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    Re: Home brew

    Quote Originally Posted by bugs4cy View Post
    The beekeeping hobby is finally ramped up to the point where we have enough honey to start experimenting with mead. We have zero experience with brewing. We've been surfing stormthecastle and gotmead, among others. Anyone here have any advice or experience?
    It's super simple compared to brewing beer. Check out homebrewtalk.com as well. I've only done mead once but it was a very rudimentary recipe (JAOM). Not sure if there is a LHBS in Ames, but it'd be worth making a trip to Beer Crazy to pick up some fermenters, etc. They can give you advice, too. I know there are some meadmakers in the Ames Brewers League as well.


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    Re: Home brew

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    It's super simple compared to brewing beer. Check out homebrewtalk.com as well. I've only done mead once but it was a very rudimentary recipe (JAOM). Not sure if there is a LHBS in Ames, but it'd be worth making a trip to Beer Crazy to pick up some fermenters, etc. They can give you advice, too. I know there are some meadmakers in the Ames Brewers League as well.
    You ever go to el Bait Shop for Jimmy Carter or the IBU meetings?



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    Re: Home brew

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    It's super simple compared to brewing beer. Check out homebrewtalk.com as well. I've only done mead once but it was a very rudimentary recipe (JAOM). Not sure if there is a LHBS in Ames, but it'd be worth making a trip to Beer Crazy to pick up some fermenters, etc. They can give you advice, too. I know there are some meadmakers in the Ames Brewers League as well.
    I agree with this post. The fellows at Beer Crazy are very helpful. They sell brewing "starter kits" that come with all the necessary equipment to begin brewing, other than the pot. I'd also recommend an extract kit if you wanted to get the feel for brewing without being overwhelmed.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cybyassociation View Post
    You ever go to el Bait Shop for Jimmy Carter or the IBU meetings?
    Meetings, not often. I don't really know anyone else in IBU and don't really care to go by myself. We go to JC every once in a while.



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    Re: Home brew

    Made a new cap.




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    Re: Home brew

    For anyone needing hops, Label Peelers has a great deal on 2013 crop preorders. Me and a buddy just orderd 4lb Citra, 2lb Amarillo, 2lb Cascade, & a lb of Mosaic for $177 shipped.



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    Re: Home brew

    About ready to bottle some English nut brown ale.



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    Re: Home brew

    Last Sunday and all of today we processed apples into cider ... a **** ton of apples ... and tomorrow we try our hand for the first time at hard cider and cyser (apple + honey mead). I told the better half that we're also making a batch with Deal's apple cider, and if there is no difference in the final product we don't have to kill ourselves in the future, we'll just buy it.

    It's been an adventure. I found a fruit press on eBay. Then, figured out we have to mash the apples before they go in the press. Sooo, now we have a new 'tabletop' garbage disposal that does the pulverizing.

    We now fully understand why cider is so expensive.


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    Re: Home brew

    Quote Originally Posted by bugs4cy View Post
    Last Sunday and all of today we processed apples into cider ... a **** ton of apples ... and tomorrow we try our hand for the first time at hard cider and cyser (apple + honey mead). I told the better half that we're also making a batch with Deal's apple cider, and if there is no difference in the final product we don't have to kill ourselves in the future, we'll just buy it.

    It's been an adventure. I found a fruit press on eBay. Then, figured out we have to mash the apples before they go in the press. Sooo, now we have a new 'tabletop' garbage disposal that does the pulverizing.

    We now fully understand why cider is so expensive.
    It's why I just buy cider from an orchard and just ferment it. Cheating perhaps, but it's only 5 minutes worth of work.



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    Re: Home brew

    Any of you dudes planning on going to NHC in Grand Rapids? I'll be there by myself, so would love to meet up with some people.



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    Re: Home brew

    What do you guys use to store your bottles, I'm not finding much, other than drying racks


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    Re: Home brew

    Quote Originally Posted by josh4cy View Post
    What do you guys use to store your bottles, I'm not finding much, other than drying racks

    Just use old cardboard beer cases. Right beore i started brewing they had crazy deals on Sam Adams, so just kept those, the bottles too. Maybe they have some extra at your local hyvee. My HBS always has some.
    Wish they still used the heavy duty cardboard like they did back when i was at ISU. Could use them forever.
    About to go to corney (sp?) kegs, already have a keg fridge, but havent used it in over a year. Need to clean the lines.


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    Re: Home brew

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    Any of you dudes planning on going to NHC in Grand Rapids? I'll be there by myself, so would love to meet up with some people.
    I am really considering it. Not sure how it will work out with my kids' softball schedule though. I hate missing their games, especially multiple ones.



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