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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveMichaels
    Is it cheaper to brew your own beer?
    Yeah... You can make about 5 gallons of beer with less than $30 bucks spent on ingredients. It comes out to less than $1.00 per 22 oz. bottle. Simple beers probably cost you a little less, maybe sixty cents a bottle. Wines and Meads can get more expensive if you use fresh fruits and premium ingredients.

    The expensive part is the equipment but once you have it you can reuse it indefinitely. It isn't a debt-creating investment though. I probably have $150.00 invested in equipment including carboys, fermentation buckets, airlocks, bottles, a capper, cleansers and cleaning tools. You can get a pound of bottle caps (about 200 caps) for less than $5.00. If someone makes wines and meads and seals with corks, the cost is a little more per cork.
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    Any URLs/books/etc. you can recommend for getting started?

    I knew a guy who brewed his own beer and somehow got it into kegs. No idea how he did that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveMichaels
    Any URLs/books/etc. you can recommend for getting started?
    I purchase all my brewing specific supplies from www.homebrewheaven.com. They are located in WA so they are relatively close to me and not to expensive on shipping. They have books on their site about getting into brewing. You can also find them on Amazon.com.

    I, personally, learned by oral tradition but I have picked up a few books over the last couple of years. Including the following:
    "The Compleat Meadmaker"
    "Making Wild Wines and Meads"
    "Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers"
    "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing"
    "The Homebrewer's Companion"

    I knew a guy who brewed his own beer and somehow got it into kegs. No idea how he did that.
    You can buy equipment to do this at any brewing supply store.
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    Since I am underage, I drink whatever is available to me (usually served by other people). However, I do like smirnoff ice.

    The majority of what I drink comes from the kitchen where large containers of Chinese liquor are stored. Some are pretty good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hierophant
    I purchase all my brewing specific supplies from www.homebrewheaven.com. They are located in WA so they are relatively close to me and not to expensive on shipping. They have books on their site about getting into brewing. You can also find them on Amazon.com.

    I, personally, learned by oral tradition but I have picked up a few books over the last couple of years. Including the following:
    "The Compleat Meadmaker"
    "Making Wild Wines and Meads"
    "Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers"
    "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing"
    "The Homebrewer's Companion"


    You can buy equipment to do this at any brewing supply store.
    What are your favorite recipes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hierophant
    I purchase all my brewing specific supplies from www.homebrewheaven.com. T

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    What does home brew taste like? Anything like the stuff you buy in stores or a bar?
    Making your own beer or wine sounds like fun, but I don't drink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveMichaels
    What are your favorite recipes?
    Usually stouts. I have a recipe for a double chocolate stout that actually tastes almost like a candy bar when ice cold. A friend of mine made a nut-brown ale that was really good. I have created recipes for a pomegranet mead, raspberry mead, and a sparkling mead. Each batch is a little different so you write down what you do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coo_t2
    What does home brew taste like? Anything like the stuff you buy in stores or a bar?
    Tastes better actually. You have control over the ingrediants so you know there are no fillers or byproducts in it and you control the quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hierophant
    Usually stouts. I have a recipe for a double chocolate stout that actually tastes almost like a candy bar when ice cold. A friend of mine made a nut-brown ale that was really good. I have created recipes for a pomegranet mead, raspberry mead, and a sparkling mead. Each batch is a little different so you write down what you do.
    [homer]Mmmm[/homer] chocolate stouts - I've had New Belgium's and I think Guiness & Young's. Had some Oatmeal stouts too. Any chance of your sharing your recipe?

    RE: Homebrew's taste
    I've had some homebrews which are so much tastier than anything store-bought. They can be downright thick and crunchy too especially if the brewer doesn't filter them. Also had some funky flavors - like green chili. And I've had some not-so-good homebrews. All depends on the brewer, his ingredients, and intentions I guess.

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    I love Long Island Ice Tea.... is that a girly drink?
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    Tasmanian beers are good. I prefer anything that's got a light taste, I can never take down the sticky/thick beers. I remembered drinking some British brand beer (I think it was), and I couldn't get it down because it had this really thick texture.

    Of course, water is my favourite drink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by platinum

    Coopers Pale Ale, I always recommend it to everyone, best beer for all occasions
    alcohol choices

    Beer: coopers pale ale for sure - good work platinum, support the SA beer, but VB isn't that bad, better than west end draught
    Wine: Anything red from the barossa (with few exceptions)
    Spirit: Bundaberg Rum

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    Quote Originally Posted by sales_guide
    I love Long Island Ice Tea.... is that a girly drink?
    Nope. Where i tend to go, it's more high class, like the people who think they are a little classier drink them. I don't drink them though, Fun to make them though.

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    Beer: Coopers pale ale or Tooheys Extra Dry.
    Spirits: It's gotta be jack n coke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick0161
    but VB isn't that bad, better than west end draught

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveMichaels
    [homer]Mmmm[/homer] chocolate stouts - I've had New Belgium's and I think Guiness & Young's. Had some Oatmeal stouts too. Any chance of your sharing your recipe?
    I'll have to find it. We are in the process of doing a little redecorating so I don't know write off hand where my recipe book is and I don't have it stored on the computer anymore.
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    My least favorite drinks: tequila or Jack Daniels. Man, I don't see how people can drink that stuff straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveMichaels
    Man, I don't see how people can drink that stuff straight.
    I prefer to start off with beers, but we usially down a bottle of Jim Beam afterwards (straight).

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    I am a moonlighting bartender, and tend to drink a lot of different things. By personal preference, Amstel Beer is one of my favourites, but if it comes to hard tack, a brandy and coke is awesome. Double in a tall glass with coke. Dubbel Branderwyn en Coke! in the native toungue of this side of the boerewors curtain.

    I also make a wikkid grape martini...

    Choc chip mint cookies are really nice. Peppermint liquer, nachtmuzik and ice cream blended with 2 cookies and poured into a margarita glass. Then grate some of another cookie on top and drop the cookie into the glass... the ladies love this one. (romany creames are the best cookies in my opinion.

    Strawberry Daquiris are awesome on a hot day too...
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    Beer = Guiness, Drink = Long Island Ice Tea, Margarita, or Amaretto Sour...depending how concious I want to be the next day. Used to love Gooooolld (Goldmember) Schlager, but that stuff is brutal after the second or third shot (Downed a fifth once...not pretty).

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