Homebrew Anybody?

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  1. FallenOak

    FallenOak Mushroom Cultivator Mushroom Doctor

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    I have been home brewing for about 6 years now, on and off. I recently have doubled my efforts and have been brewing a five gallon batch every week for the last 4 weeks.
    I guess it is natural that those interested in growing fleshy fungi would be interested in brewing, they are both forms of 'fungi wrangling' and both quite enjoyable. It also helps that both my brother and brother-in-law are Brewers by profession, as well as a few of my friends.

    My question for yall is who are the homebrewers in this forum? I know I am not alone.

    Last four batches have been a Rye Pale Ale, an Oktoberfest Ale (don't have the means to lager yet), and two versions of a basic SMaSH Ale (single malt and single hop) both with 2-row, cascade and crystal hops respectively.

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    A recent brew session
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    SMaSH in primary
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    Oktoberfest in secondary
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    RhizoDork Fake it till you make it

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    Looks nice man! I have all the equipment, just haven't busted it out in a long time. Been so busy with fungi, work, and family. I've said I need to whip out the booze lab for a while now. That's a nice wort chiller you got there. You extract brew I take it. That's what I did. A little more expensive, but a lot less time and equipment.
     
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    Yay! I am not alone!
    I have been doing all grain actually, my efficiency sucks but it's a lot more involved and rewarding IMO, but certainly no hate for extract brewing, it's just preference. I was gifted a converted cooler mash tun, as well as the wort chiller, prolly the only reason I am not doing extract.
    Brewing 5 gals every week keeps the household stocked up with beer and at around 20 bucks for a simple recipe, it doesn't break the bank either.
     
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    RhizoDork Fake it till you make it

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    Nice! Yeah that's a great freebie... My extract brews would run anywhere from $35 to $50 for a five gal batch, depending on how much goodies were in em. Yeah yer definitely saving mad money there! Well done! :)
     
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    Thanks Rhizo :D
    The key is to buy the cheap 2-row @ around $1.25 per pound, and use minimal hops, as they can get pricey. So no IPA's for me! Lol. I've been doing 10-12 lb grain bills also so nothing huge, or else I would be approaching the 30-50 dollar range. Also re using yeast slurry for a couple gens is a great way to save, as yeast is a bit pricey unless you buy dry yeast, which I don't really like to use.
    In the future I'd like to buy the base malt by the 50 lb bag and mill it myself, which would bring the grain cost down to > 80 cents per lb.
     
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    RhizoDork Fake it till you make it

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    It's better to pitch live culture anyways.' Especially for high gravity brews. That's what the commercial guys do. Get a strain they like and just run with it indefinitely.
     
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    Ya for sure, I would like to get into yeast culturing more indepth, as I'm sure a flowhood for mushroom work would do just fine for yeast. I honestly don't know much though, I wonder if you use agar plates to isolate and if so you'd prolly need a bio microscope to see em up close in checking for contams, especially bacteria. As I understand it bac and yeast love to hang out together, and in my mushroom experience they are nearly indescernible from one another on the plate.
     
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    RhizoDork Fake it till you make it

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    Dude you can stick watered down wort into a beer bottle with yeast at the bottom. Put a bubbler on it, a day or two later, you have a culture. It's stupid easy. They grow so damn quick, nothing can keep up. I'm sure it gets way more complicated, but for hobby purposes, expansion is really all you need. I don't think they'd do good on agar. I think they need to be suspended in liquid.
     
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    I have dabbled in yeast starters, pretty much the same way but in mason jars. It always gets funky and slow around the 3rd gen though, now I just pitch the raw slurry left over when transfer from primary. I do know that there is yeast specific agar formulae, but idk if it is within the realm of the hobbyist as you pointed out.
     
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  10. treewood

    treewood mediocre mycologist Moderator Mushroom Doctor Supporter

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    What do you know about sours... I love them and want to brew cause they way to expensive.
     
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    RhizoDork Fake it till you make it

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    Tree, You use specific bacteria cultures during the fermentation process to get sours. You can buy them just as easy as yeast. They've even got additives to add the same salts that are in the water that Bass Beer uses.. called Burton on Trent salts. They make it very easy to do just about any beer you want..
     
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    Yeast manufacturers make yeast "blends" that include the right bacterial cultures. My homie brews lots of sours and has used the same blend on varied recipes with great results.
     
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    Homemade stuff rocks.
    I haven't done beer yet. I need to try. I have brewed LOTS of other stuff.
    It will have to wait though. I have a project Im already in the middle of right now.
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    Damn J! Reaching for the stars there! Gonna make some fight juice huh?
     
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    Nah. Im a prepper. Probably just going to stick it in the attic if i ever finish it. :wink2:
     
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    Riiiiight... :bottledup: you gotta test that fucker!!!
     
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    LOL I already know It works good! Its not a prototype. :D
     
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    J-horn, we are kindred spirits (pun intended) you and I! I have a keg based reflux still too! Yours looks nicer with the Liebig condenser on the runoff. Gonna make me dig mine out of the top of the garden shed so I can take a pic...
     
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  19. treewood

    treewood mediocre mycologist Moderator Mushroom Doctor Supporter

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    soo can you make your own cultures? also what is the best forum for beers.../ sours
    im really interested
     
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    RhizoDork Fake it till you make it

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    Start with homebrewing for dummies. It sounds
    hokey, but it's really well done. Has tons of easy
    to follow recipes too. It really breaks it down for you. A good rookie bible.
     
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