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Unread 12-17-2013, 02:54 PM   #1
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Default Any of you brew beer?

Beer was actually my gateway to this hobby! About 5 years back (just before the micro-brew explosion) I developed a passion for good beers and wanted to understand more about what separated them from the standard everyday lite beer. What better way to learn than to dive right in and control exactly what your interested in down to the individual grain, hop and yeast? Myself and a buddy continued to develop our skills until we eventually started entering competitions. We never actually placed but we've made several final tables. We turn heads everywhere and never get tired of the "you actually made this" comments.

Because of the length of time that goes into brewing a batch of beer I take it very seriously and want a perfect result every time. I studied the process to great lengths, practiced as frequently as my better half would allow me to and eventually could make beer that would sell in stores.

I never thought I would find another passion like that of brewing beer but here I am on this forum, with a big green egg, 5 bags of wood chunks, and a constant eye on the next accessory I want to purchase and the next meat I want to smoke........

I also roast my own coffee in a pop-lite popcorn popper.......
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I brew beer and make mead and wine. Not as often as I used to though.
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Forgot pron - my holiday Belgian Dubbel currently on tap

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What kind of kegging setup do you have? I had a converted chest freezer and six taps, but recently sold that and downsized to just two kegs.
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Exactly what I have, 2 pin lock kegs in a fridge I got for $25 off Craigslist. I'll eventually build a nice "keezer" or just incorporate a double tap into my kitchen counter!
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deepsouth brews some beer, and it's freaking goooooood.
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Brewing was also a gate way hobby to BBQing for me as well, except that I stopped brewing about a year ago, sold off my 15gal AG brew system and stand as well as most of my other equipment, and turned my keezer back into a freezer so i can store meat in it. I like bbqing more now a days, after a long day of working the fire I can sit back and enjoy my days work, un-like beer where there is at least another month of waiting before you can enjoy the finished product.
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Brewing was also a gate way hobby to BBQing for me as well, except that I stopped brewing about a year ago, sold off my 15gal AG brew system and stand as well as most of my other equipment, and turned my keezer back into a freezer so i can store meat in it. I like bbqing more now a days, after a long day of working the fire I can sit back and enjoy my days work, un-like beer where there is at least another month of waiting before you can enjoy the finished product.

That is why you always keep a full pipeline going. My pipeline was so busy back in the day I had a new batch ready to drink every Saturday morning. To be fair though, it did burn a LOT of my time up.

I brew beer as well. I never tried to make mead or wine. I love eating some good que and drinking home brew. Beats drinking BMC all the time.
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I enjoy both with a lot of passion, as my signature denotes... Homebrew Fall, Winter and Spring and BBQ year round but mostly Spring, Summer and Fall. I've won a few Homebrew Comps (County Fair, State Fair twice and a 2nd place in the AHA NHC once) but mostly brew for me and my friends & family now. I really like BBQ 'cause the rewards are immediate. Competed in one KCBS Comp. Didn't finish DAL!! May do it again but I enjoy judging too so it's a tough decision... Cheers!!!

Here's a pic I took last evening of my Sandhills Lager. It was so nice out for December I couldn't resist a Pint on the front porch...

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Yep then I pressure cook it.
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There's a beer/wine homebrewing special interest group here you can join too.
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i was brewing for a while. really enjoyed it.

the pipeline is a must.

sawdustguy also brews. got a pretty sweet set up.
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YUp. Gotta baltic porter in the secondary now.
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Here's a pic I took last evening of my Sandhills Lager. It was so nice out for December I couldn't resist a Pint on the front porch...

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Yes I do. Getting into all grain now after a lot of extract batches. All I can say is Why did I not switch to all grain earlier? So much better product. First all grain was a SMASH that is amazing! Can't wait to get more experience.
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