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Old 01-04-2010, 12:59 PM   #61
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I thought I had tossed out all my bottles. Filled a 60 gallon recycle bin, I did. Twice.

I found more.

I do not know whether to be elated or seek therapy.
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Old 01-04-2010, 01:48 PM   #62
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The brewing and consumption of refreshing fermented beverages should be all the therapy you need!

Given the price of beer bottles, elation is appropriate!
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:48 AM   #63
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Speaking of bottles, If you are thinking of trying brewing and need empty's, check here:

http://new.midwestsupplies.com/12-oz...ase-of-24.html

$6.95 for a case of 24. They are blue, which won't filter harmful UV rays from the beer as well as brown bottles, but are cheap and have what looks like a dog's footprint on 'em.
I'm looking at you K.
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Old 01-05-2010, 07:14 AM   #64
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That's a good deal.

I got tired of washing a load of bottles so I got some used soda kegs from northern brewer. Wash and sanitize one thing instead of 48 things. Sweet! Plus I firmly believe that a 5 gallon keg of beer tastes better than it's bottled equivalent.

Whether that's true or not I couldn't say, but I believe it, and that's good enough for me.

Requires a little upfront investment, but very nice.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:59 AM   #65
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... Plus I firmly believe that a 5 gallon keg of beer tastes better than it's bottled equivalent.

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If nothing else, it gets ride of 48 opportunities for a fleck of gunk to ruin a beer.
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:18 AM   #66
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True. The downside of the kegs is transportability though. It means you have to take 5 gallons of beer at a time to parties, and I expect people would get real mad if you showed up with that kind of quantity of beer.
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:51 AM   #67
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I haven't made the leap to a full keg set-up. For a five gallon batch, I sometimes use 2 of these mini kegs and 12-14 22 oz. bottles. A keg fits nicely in my saddlebag. Foam has been the only problem.

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I forgot about the mini kegs, they work quite well. I actually have about 12 of those, plus both an air and CO2 tapper. If anyone wants to use them let me know. I could even be persuaded to sell them since I don't use them anymore.
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:35 AM   #69
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My wife bought me all of the equipment to brew about eight years ago. Then life happened and it's all been collecting dust since. The plan is to pull it out in the next month or so and give it a go!
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Old 01-05-2010, 01:21 PM   #70
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Homebrewing as a hobby (like motorcycles) can get out of hand real quick. But most of my hobbies end up going in that direction.

Good to see other ADV brewers

I've probably got 2-3 cases of clean empties to give away to a brewer in the making
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Old 01-05-2010, 04:31 PM   #71
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The plan is to pull it out in the next month or so and give it a go!
Brilliant! Keep us appraised of your brewing progress. It's good to talk of things fermentable and see what everyone is up to.
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Old 01-05-2010, 05:03 PM   #72
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True. The downside of the kegs is transportability though. It means you have to take 5 gallons of beer at a time to parties, and I expect people would get real mad if you showed up with that kind of quantity of beer.

Wait, why are people mad if you show up with 5 gallons of home-brew?

Sounds like the start of a good night...

I would just be disappointed if you took the leftovers home with you.


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Old 01-05-2010, 05:26 PM   #73
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HA! You picked up on my planted comment! It was there to act as a mildly amusing placeholder!

In the end it wasn't that funny. Still never mind.

Indeed, in general people are usually very welcoming when you show up with such quantities. They are a little tricky to transport, but it can be done.
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:37 PM   #74
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Problem solved.
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Old 01-06-2010, 03:53 AM   #75
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Just bottled my first batch on the 28th. Should be ready just in time for the Daytona 24hrs on Jan 30-31st.
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