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    Here is the link to the Good Eats recipe mentioned above. Home Brew Beer If you can catch the actual TV program I highly recommend watching it. There is a ton of great advice and tips that Im sure will help you out.

    Good luck
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    Bruce. I thought the shelf life of home brew was only a few months. Thats what my father told me anyways. He used to homebrew and gave me all his things to brew with. I need to get another glass carboy though. I broke the one he sent me.

    I have the flip top bottles that all you need to do is replace the rubber seals every so often. Dad used them and they work great. Of course you have to buy the beer that comes in them first and then reuse the bottles. They were a german type pilsner. YUCK I like a wiesen myself. Dad likes the bitters. I like the bannan clove flavored wheat beers. OOOOhhhhhh taste the yeasty goodness.

    I do have one recomendation though!

    BREW OUTSIDE IN THE GRASS
    First it stinks when your cooking it. Second if you boil it over the sides you will have a mess and it is easy to do. Use a propane fish fryer to brew it and carfully regulate the fire. I remember brewing the first batch with my dad and while we were cooking it we were singing toil toil boil and bubble. LOL The stuff really stinks while your brewing it. Thank goodness it taste better when it is done.

    Keep us posted. I hope to be able to afford the time and supply money come the first of the year. My interest is rekindled.

    There is a forum on brewing too I found. I don;t have the addy right off hand, but it is called brewboards.
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    I found this on one of my other boards. I thought it was interesting and pertained to the subject.
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    If you want easy and good try visiting www.mrbeer.com. Easy affordable good beer. I bought one for my brother in law a few years ago and he still uses it.
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    I like the smell of boiling beer and my wife & daugter do too. It smells sweet and the hops add a nice zing.

    As Josh's article says, complex, high alcohol beers age better. A co-worker, who's into beer the way some people are into wine, buys some beers for aging at home and I think some are >15 years old now.

    Many microbrews would improve with aging, but the breweries need the cash flow of immediate sales. Ommegang, my favorite brewery when I'm willing to drop $5 for a beer, ages some bottles in a cave every year and then sells them for ~3x the price. I've never tasted it because I'd rather buy three bottles and keep them in my basement. By the way, those beers run about 8-10% alcohol and are bottled in wine-size bottles. So each packs the alcohol of ~5 American beers.

    My basement isn't a perfect aging spot, but never goes above the low 70s or below the mid 40s. And my beer is in dark bottles stored in cardboard boxes with only a little light coming in through a couple windows. But if some unauthorized bacteria or yeast make it into a bottle, the beer can go wrong over time. A former roommate excelled at brewing that way. Some bottles were bad from the beginning and others just took some time to go wrong. You can sometimes see they're bad because a light colored ring often forms on the bottle at the top of the beer.
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    Ok, well, I ordered an intermediate kit so I can do two stage fermentation, with an Oatmeal Stout kit as well...ahhh i cant wait
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    Hops look weird...

    Ever see that fruit of the loom comercial with one of the fruit people wearing a big green leady pincone suit thing? Is he supposed to be a hop?

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    Green grapes, maybe? Hopefully, this underwear detour is short-lived.
    Bruce in CT

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