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TheOcean
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I have three grapefruit trees outside that never get used and I love IPAs. Did you really do a grapefruit IPA?





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BottomlandBrew
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New Orleans
Member since Aug 2010
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How much cheaper, if any, do y'all think this is than buying decent beer in the long run?


You will never come out ahead. Ingredients wise I can make beer for 50 cents each, but then when I factor in equipment and time I am way above that.






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LSUBoo
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One of my New Year's resolutions was more brewing and less commercial beer buying.

It's definitely cheaper in terms of ingredients, but I already have a lot invested and continue to do so. I just got a new mash paddle yesterday, much needed.






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BugAC
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How much cheaper, if any, do y'all think this is than buying decent beer in the long run?


Not very. If you are getting into it for monetary reasons, then i wouldn't suggest it. But if you are looking for a fun hobby with great ending results, then go for it.

I have spent quite a bit on brewing equipment so far, and i still could spend a boat load more. If anything my beer buying has increased because i want to try other beers. It's both research and pleasure.

I bought a bunch of equipment out right before i started, other than the necessary brewing equipment and so far i've probably spent close to $1000. But again, not everything i bought was necessary. The necessities, IMO, would be a kit like this.

LINK

I guess further down the road my cost ratio may go up, but i'd say as of now, i'm running at about

$4.20/ 12 oz. beer

I've also made 11 brews. I also had to dump 2 batches (about 40-45 12 oz. bottles/5 gallon batch) due to over carbonation. I also have another 2 batches that i don't care for anymore that i may either dump or give away to those who want it.

But that cost ratio will only go down, because i'm buying only ingredients now, no equipment.



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BugAC
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I have three grapefruit trees outside that never get used and I love IPAs. Did you really do a grapefruit IPA?


No, that's not me. I'm not a grapefruit fan.






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TheOcean
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Much appreciated. Doesn't too difficult.





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TheOcean
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due to over carbonation


How did this happen?






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Louie T
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Not very. If you are getting into it for monetary reasons, then i wouldn't suggest it. But if you are looking for a fun hobby with great ending results, then go for it.
Not really

Was more of out curiosity






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LoneStarTiger
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Lone Star State
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How much cheaper, if any, do y'all think this is than buying decent beer in the long run?


it's probably not

don't tell my wife







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BugAC
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Baton Rouge
Member since Oct 2007
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How did this happen?


I tried to take a shortcut. I found these carbonation tablets. When you carbonate beer, the simplest way is to boil about 4 oz. of corn sugar in about 2 cups of water for 10 minutes. Then let it cool to about 75 degrees. Pour that into your bottling bucket, then "rack" your beer from your fermenter to the bottling bucket.

Well on my 2nd and 3rd batch i decided to use these Cooper's carbonation drops. Package said 1 per bottle. So i dropped one drop (looks like a cough drop) into each bottle and filled the bottles and capped them. When i popped open the cap about 2 weeks later, i had a beer geyser. I ended up dumping 2 batches (about 85 beers) because of it. I worked with a guy who was making his own moonshine, so he came by the house and poured it all in a bucket and got about 1 pint of shine out of it, not a total loss.

It sucked because i brewed 2 batches over 2 weekends, so i had no clue how the carb drops would affect my brew, until it was too late and i lost 2 batches.

So a tip. Never use carbonation drops.



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swampdawg
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Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Nov 2007
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Well on my 2nd and 3rd batch i decided to use these Cooper's carbonation drops. Package said 1 per bottle. So i dropped one drop (looks like a cough drop) into each bottle and filled the bottles and capped them. When i popped open the cap about 2 weeks later, i had a beer geyser. I ended up dumping 2 batches (about 85 beers) because of it. I worked with a guy who was making his own moonshine, so he came by the house and poured it all in a bucket and got about 1 pint of shine out of it, not a total loss.

It sucked because i brewed 2 batches over 2 weekends, so i had no clue how the carb drops would affect my brew, until it was too late and i lost 2 batches.

So a tip. Never use carbonation drops.


I have used them in the past with no ill effects.

The only time I have had a gusher is from the few times an infection has gotten in there at bottling. Maybe you had something else going. Could you taste anything weird with the beer?






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RedHawk
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The only time I have had a gusher is from the few times an infection has gotten in there at bottling. Maybe you had something else going. Could you taste anything weird with the beer?


I'm also guessing it was an infection and not the carb drops.






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Fratastic423
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Baton Rouge
Member since Feb 2007
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I also have never had a problem with the drops being over carbonated, especially to that extent. the only times I have bottles build up that kind of pressure is when they are infected.





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BugAC
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Baton Rouge
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The only time I have had a gusher is from the few times an infection has gotten in there at bottling. Maybe you had something else going. Could you taste anything weird with the beer?


Very yeasty tasting. I figured the carbonation didn't allow the yeast to settle. I also used 1 drop per bottle, maybe i was supposed to use 1/2 drop.

Just easier to go corn sugar.






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BugAC
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My sanitation procedures are pretty anal, and not much has changed, and I have never had a problem since then.





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Kim Jong Ir
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I have three grapefruit trees outside that never get used and I love IPAs. Did you really do a grapefruit IPA?


No, that's not me. I'm not a grapefruit fan.



It is s14 that brews the grapefruit IPA. I've had it and it is killer.






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Zappas Stache
Snotterburgh
Member since Apr 2009
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I have a TripleIPA that wouldn't carb very well. I turned the bottles over for 10 seconds twice in one week and kicked my fridge temp up to 74 from 69.....this was most likely my problem.....temp too low. Opened one last night and boy did it carbonate.....looked like Spindletop. After I lost 1/3 of the bottle and it settled down, its a great tasting beer. 240 IBUs of pure face melting, sinus clearing bliss. No way I dump this. I'll just open the bottle in a larger vessel like a large glass pitcher to collect the gushings.


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s14suspense
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It is s14 that brews the grapefruit IPA. I've had it and it is killer.



My SO's recipe but yeah we use about 5 or 6 whole grapefruits in secondary of a Rye IPA along with citrusy hops. It's VERY grapefruity. Like bitter and everything. I like it and it seems like a few other people do too, but it doesn't do too well at competitions.






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BugAC
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Baton Rouge
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240 IBUs of pure face melting, sinus clearing bliss. No way I dump this. I'll just open the bottle in a larger vessel like a large glass pitcher to collect the gushings.


I tried everything under the sun. It was simply overcarbonated. I was on several message boards and had a few have similar experiences with cooper's carb drops.

Considering that was the only 2 beers that happened with, and those are the only 2 beers that i used drops on. and after trying numerous different things, By process of elimination, i conclude that it was the drops.






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TheOcean
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It's VERY grapefruity


Could you post a link to the recipe? Or does anyone have a recipe for an Orange beer? I have a bunch of grapefruit/orange trees.







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