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How many also Homebrew

mcoppin

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I am new to the forum, but was wondering how many also homebrew. I brew my own wine and beer and know a lot of fellow home brewers who also like to smoke meats. I have also been making my own sausage for years, but have tended to make most of it fresh. I was afraid to smoke sausage, because I was not sure what I was doing and did not want to ruin a whole 50# batch. I am glad to find this forum where I can get anwers when I need them.
 

gunslinger

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Back when I used to partake, I made my own beer, wine and shine. Gotta be careful with the shine though. Feds still don't like us to make that without a permit.
 

johno

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i used to make a lot of fruit wines , have'nt done any for a few years though , thye are fun to make but do take a lot longer than beer , i have done beer too , wine making is more fun than beer , my wines caused quite a few hangovers in our kittke town over the years , even the local sergant of police and his wife got fall down drunk more than once no my pawpaw and banana wine , and or pineapple wine .when my dad was still alive he made a couple of deadly brews potato wine , and beetroot wine.
 

t-bone tim

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hell yeah,I brew wine for the mrs,and some beer also....love to make sausage and thought Id join here to learn and do a little smokin !
 

bigal

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I was gonna get into home brew, until I tasted a friends "home brew". For the price of home brew, I figured in the price of toilet paper too. I'd be better off drink'n the cheapest beer made and pretend that it is my "brew". Every time I even think of it, I reach for toilet paper!

Good way to clean a colon................and a toilet too!
 

mikey2gunz

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interesting you should ask, i've been looking into making small batch whiskey. oh the legal hoops one must jump.

mike
 

mcoppin

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Been homebrewing for close to 20 years. Started because I like microbrews and imports and at the time I couldn't get anything but domestics in ND. I have made several really good beers and just as many like BigAl was talking about (TP quality). The good ones are really good however. Now I can get tons of great beer to accompany bar-b-que food, so I don't brew as much beer. I do lots of wine because of a huge supply of fruits my dad gives me.
Like home brewing, I am getting into smoking because I have tasted some really good bar-b-que when traveling and I want to be able to do that. I want to make bar-b-que like I had in Texas and make smoked sausages that will really "WOW" people.
 

monty

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I have enjoyed brewiing my own. Brewed for about five years. Came to a screeching halt when the papers were served. Then all the equipment went out on a yard sale I was unaware of. Plan on doing more soon. Just gotta figure out how to work it in to everything else! And I had some smashing good successes as well as some "bowl fillers" too!

Cheers!
 

smoked

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it's been a while, but been thinking of dusting off the ol equipment and firing up to get that wonderful wort smell going on again....
 

smoked

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sweet......I'm really gonna have to hit the storage unit and dig all my stuff out......then tell the little lady I need to reconfigure the garage fridge to hold my corny kegs......
 

smoked

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now that's a kegarator!!!!! and here I only have 2 of them corny's!!!!
 

payson

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I don't mind at all:
*Each tap with shank, handle, beverage hose and connector was about $50.00.
*Add about another $7.50 for the cornelius keg attachment.,
*$35.00 for each keg (roughly)
*CO2 Tank was about $90
*Regulator is about $40
*CO2 distribution block (5 ports) was about $45
*Fridge was a freebie!

It's kind of pricey initially but well worth it. Thankfully my wife loves homebrew too. :-)
 

deejaydebi

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mcoppin -

Nice to know we have so many home brewer here. I'm also into home brewing beer and find it very rewarding. I have 10, 5 gallon kegs and 11, 3 gallon kegs and right now I've been so involved with smoking most of them are empty!

http://www.deejayssmokepit.net/microbrew.htm

It's amazing how many people would try it if they could find a small inexpensive setup to try in on - well they have em now!


Payson -

That's a nice kegerator! Great job!

 

mcoppin

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I actually have first time brewers brew with my equipment before they go out and buy their own equipment. I will let them borrow my equipment until they want to venture out on their own. I had a neighbor who worked for a soda company who gave me 5 pop kegs as well as CO2 tanks. For a while I had a friend who worked for a company which filled CO2 tanks and he wold fill my tanks for free.
There also is a malting plant right outside of town that makes malt for several breweries. I know several of the guys that work out there and they will bring me huge bags of malt whenever I want. I usually use extracts and all grains so I don't take advantage of that too often.
 

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