So we have another old thread on here which was in large part dedicated to talking about home-brew beers. The thread was also a general discussion of Beer. The thread is Speaking of Beer
. The bulk of the discussion of home brew beers is on pages 13 to 20.
Anyway, since that is more of a general thread about beer I decided to start a new one specifically to discuss home brewing.
My girlfriend had remembered me getting enthused about the idea of brewing my own beer a year ago, and I guess at that time I had mentioned that thread. Anyway, being the wonderful girlfriend that she is she recently located that thread and found the home brew kit recommended by whitedevilbrewing, and purchased it for my birthday.
I got the kit, which is this standard kit
. My girlfriend also knew of a home brew store, and decided she wanted to take me there to pick out the kind of beer to brew.
I went to the homebrew store, and the guy behind the counter was ridiculously unhelpful. Our conversation consisted of me making a question and him giving me a smarmy/dick response.
"I'm looking to get some starter kit or something, I've never done this before."
"Are you looking to can?"
"No I was gonna bottle the beer."
rolls his eyes "No are you going to can it?"
"The kit bottles the beer."
"Ugh. Can it. Are you going to be using a can or going off a recipe?"
"What? Uh.. I don't have a recipe."
"Cans are back there."
Turns out a can isn't what I wanted. When I got home I looked into the catalogue that came with my kit and it says
-We don't sell "canned" kits because they can't and don't make great beer.
My plan had been to go to the home brew store, and have a nice chat with the friendly employees. They would teach me what I wanted to know, they would be so excited to inform a new generation of brewer who was eager to learn. Instead I wanted to get out of the store as quickly as possible.
"Can I use tap water to make my wort?"
"HAH. No. It's got chlorine in it"
"So then what kind of water should I use?"
"The kind that they sell at the store."
"OK but what kind, distilled?"
"What kind then?"
"Ugh. Spring water, of course!" Rolls eyes.
And...Looking at the books
"Oh I've heard of this Papazian guy."
"That's a good book if you're serious about recipes."
"I read the book that came with my kit."
"Oh the pamphlet that came with your kit? Those are worthless"
"It was like 60 pages..." Bows head in shame
I'm ordering my supplies from catalogs from now on.
Anyway. Some questions for the veteran brewers:
-Ever tried canned materials? Are the differences that noticeable?
-What online stores sell the best product? Is MoreFlavor a good source?
-What are some good ways to start out, and what are some good ways to get into recipe-design?