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jeni43
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Post by jeni43 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:49 pm

Hi everyone
We started brewing in January '18 after doing a brewing course at Brewclub in East London and haven't looked back. We had one disaster during the Beast from the East but the rest just get better and better. We've mostly stuck to American IPAs and a couple of NEIPAs but I want to try a lager sometime this year. Against all advice we went straight for GFs (we have two) and ss conical fermenters but we bought these second-hand and we found that even including the cost of these plus ingredients, we saved a lot of money during the first year by not having to buy beer from supermarkets. I'm aware this may make us sound like alcoholics but a) there's four of us and b) we don't drink at all 3 days a weeks!
We used to drink mainly Becks (which we thought was a pretty good lager) at home and craft beers when out. The only downside with our new hobby is that we're now nearly always disappointed when we buy craft beers from pubs cos we think our own ones are better. However, that's something we'll just have to live with.

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Re: hello

Post by Jim » Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:08 pm

Welcome jeni43. :)

It's a nice idea to share the cost of the brewing gear - especially if you're going for all-in-one systems like the Grainfather. I know what you mean about being disappointed with pub beer - it has to be really spot on to match or exceed what we can brew at home these days.
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TheSumOfAllBeers
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Re: hello

Post by TheSumOfAllBeers » Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:18 pm

The sharing equipment thing has been taken onto huge levels by american brewing clubs, where people pool their (enforced) annual brewing allowances and invest in large brewhouses/fermentation gear. Purchasing a semi professional brewkit that fits on the back of a pickup truck might seem like the heights of DIY porn, until you realise that the brewkit could be shared among 30 people, or an oversize fermenter could be filling kegs for multiple people.

I would love to see this kind of social brewing for self sufficiency take off in a few places. I have met a few people who brewed big enough to make it possible but it tends to peter out if you are doing it just for yourself.

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Re: hello

Post by Mjr6313 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:31 pm

'Re social brewing I think is great but 30 is just too big, atm its just me and a mate and I bought all the equipment for beer and wine and he drinks it mostly its a system that works for us but somtimes I could just use another hand when bottling.
My wife wanted me to get a hobby now I make beer. She says I'm always in my shed I KEEP TELLING HER IT WAS HER IDEA.

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Post by TheSumOfAllBeers » Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:38 pm

The 30 people sharing a brewkit would normally be a bit crazy, unless the brewkit was special stuff in the region of several thousand pounds - and the cost split 30 ways. I think it’s a system that only really works in smaller American cities where you have a balance of population density and car friendliness. This couldn’t really work in London.

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Re: hello

Post by Kingfisher4 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:44 pm

Great to see you join JBK. I have been all grain brewing for an identical time, shared GF, fantastic quality beer right from the start, just upgraded from plastic Fastferment ( great idea, poor quality) to GF conical and glycol chiller; 1st batch 48 hrs in.

JBK is by far the best interactive resource available to help us through our learning curves, really helpful "community".

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