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Anyone work in a bar? 11 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 284
Does any members work in a bar? I'm going to start making my own beer so i'm trying to source about a 100 cheap pint bottles (500ml) must be green or brown.
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#30997
Re: Anyone work in a bar? 11 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 12
really?

make your own beer?


really?
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#30999
Re: Anyone work in a bar? 11 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 284
Yeh ive ordered a kit, 2 X 33 Litre fermenting drums, thermometres, heating belt, etc etc and you can get the ingredients pretty much all mixed and ready to go, branded by types and makers of beers, A few lads on Octane gave me plenty of tips so hopefully it turns out ok. I've ordered 2 types of beer, enough to make about 120 pints.

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#31000
Re: Anyone work in a bar? 11 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 12
fair enough... unfortunately i dont work in a bar.. but between me andhousemates may be able get 30 bottles or so by sunda... u going to carsncoffee?


wait... y must be green brown?

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Im hoping to make it down, too much sunlight ruins the beer hence the brown or green bottles filter out alot of the light, but Miller has so many preservatives that they can use the clear bottles
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#31002
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oh

all i'll be able to think of next time
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Re: Anyone work in a bar? 11 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 12
Good on ye Dshamrock2000, I've been making beer and wine for years. If you can, get the Grolsch 500ml bottles with the swing tops, they can be reused over and over again, if you can get empties from friends great, if not buy the beer, drink it and then fill with your own - great way to start a hobby (drunk). I make it from the raw ingredients as it lets you customise the beer to your taste but is time consuming (5 hours for a single brew). My last order for malted yeast was £30 for a 25 kg sack from the mainland, this will make about 250 pints. You have to add to this hops, yeast and special malts etc, but it still works out at about 27p a pint

I have some good links and will post them when I get time, also some good books on brewing that I will get the names of

Just bottled 130 bottles of wine last week, Elderberry, elderflower, blackberry and sloe - hic hic

Good luck with your brewing
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If you just speak to your local bar they will likely let you all in on a Sunday morning and route through their bottle bins for as many bottles as you like

As for you Bassman I think you might need to consider the 12 step program
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#31012
Re: Anyone work in a bar? 11 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 284
I dropped down the local earlier, owner will be in thursday and i'll ask him, but preferably i want all the same type, easier to stack etc etc, I can get about 100 brown grolsch type bottles 500ml for approx €150,

@ Bassman: I think you should send me up some of yours for research purposes, would be good to taste different types and compare the flavours from ones made a different way to another etc I'd give you a few quid for a bottle of the different wines you have (i'll even send you back the empties)
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#31042
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@Dave - will you be able to "brew" E85 fuel ? If so, I'd guarantee you i'd buy my fuel off you every fill-up.

And I'm not joking - if you can do it, I'd use it. I've not looked into the ins and outs of it but it'd oviously need to be clean and would need to know the ethanol content. Or maybe its made at 100% ethanol and then I'd mix it - x% ethanol, y% unleaded.

Next best thing to race fuel in Ireland - you could make some serious money out of it selling on to the likes of TDP (Robbie told us that they used E85 for their track cars) etc
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#31044
Re: Anyone work in a bar? 11 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 284
I could make Spirits etc, but to get a high enough alcohol content for Ethanol I'd definatly need a still and boiler, From what I gather the % on a bottle of Spirit is the actual proof so something like smirnoff would be around 40 Proof but you'd need to be looking at approx 190 proof for Ethanol hence the requirement of a still etc, I'd say you could get or make a Still for around 80 quid but with all the Flamable products in my Shed at the moment I wouldnt even toy with the idea.
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#31125
Re: Anyone work in a bar? 11 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 102
Good on ya Dave, this is a recent hobby of mine too. My 3rd batch of beer is just finished fermenting. Are ya starting off with the beer kits? That's what i've been doing, made a pilsner and an australian lager so far. Doing a european lager now, i'm going to add in some extra hops to it just to put my own touch to it. When are ya planning to brew? If you need a hand, I'd be happy to help, and i'll bring ya a sample or 2 of my own work

If you are getting bottles just be aware that not all cappers will cap all bottles.
check out the necks of the bottles below, look at the neck just below the cap

www.templewines.co.uk/images/Blowup_JPG_...bra_bottle_lager.jpg

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As far as i know you need a special machine to cap the heineken type, so you'll be looking for something like the cobra type. you're going to need 46 500ml bottles, this is where i've bought from www.thehomebrewcompany.ie/ 60cent a bottle, it's not too bad.

regarding making spirits, distilling without a license is illegal unfortunately, i looked into cause i wanted to give vodka making a shot. it's also dangerous and potenetially fatal if not done right. and if you were found to me making it for fuel that you're not paying excise on then the courts would come down on you like a tonne of bricks if you were caught.


This is making me thirsty, I'm going to have to crack open a bottle of home brew now
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#31126
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its a savage idea just ordered a kit myself my dad done it years ago and i often thought about im gonna brew some wheat beers,hopefully they will work out ok!
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#31129
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Im brewing a continental pilsner and a blonde canadian beer at the moment, they seem to be bubbling away nicely, I've about 50 of those bottles but I decided to order a 100 glass Grolsch type swing top bottles aswell( www.thehomebrewcompany.ie/index.php?main...&products_id=920 ), If these work out I'll be brewing some stout next and then onto a few bottles of vodka .
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#31133
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how are you going to do the vodka, i want to do it but i'm afraid after reading up on it. you really can blind or kill yourself from not doing it right.

I have some pisner hops here dave if you want some, just add them into the beer after it finishes fermenting and leave it a few days before you bottle it. gives it a much nicer taste and smell
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#31136
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You can get the ingredients on here www.homebrewwest.ie/prohibition-high-alc...pirit-kits-79-c.asp, Pretty much the same method as the beer, I think if you used a still then you would be producing some high % alcohol, but 20 to 30% vokda would be achievable using the beer method
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#31797
Re: Anyone work in a bar? 11 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 284
My Canadian Blonde Lager


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Good on ye lads! This is the way to go!
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Looks impressive Dave!! how does it taste?
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#31823
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It tastes nice, theres a certain sweetness to it, i usually leave about a 1cm at the end of the bottle in case of sediment, but really happy with this one, I've also a pilsner bottled which needs a bit more settling time and a Bitter nearly ready to bottle and then its onto the stout
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any interest in this?! yours for just €3,200
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I'm starting a Stout tonight, so i'll be making a few changes from when I made my 1st few batches of beer, 1st change is that I will be using an immersion heater in my tank to keep fermentation at a consistent temperature, 2nd change is that i'll be doing a second fermentation on it into a 2nd tank after a week, mainly to let it settle longer & minimise any transfer of sediment to the bottles after 2 weeks is up, I'll also be using a little bottler stick to fill up the bottles without losing a single drop of liquid, bit by bit i'm getting more confident of refining the beer better etc so my technique in theory wouldnt be much different to that in the video and it costs less than 3k set up for me
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#32306
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not wanting to start a load of beer threads so i'll just post this here

There's a beer making course on city deals today, €15 instead of €40 for a 3 hour course, if anyone is interested. I'm planning to do it myself

www.citydeal.ie/deals/dublin?CID=UK_DIS_...mp;utm_content=dis_1
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Brilliant, I'll book one for myself and swagger, We stuck on a cider last night and had our first taste of the stout we bottled last week, It was quite flavoursome
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#32310
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nice one! let me know when you're planning to go, i've bought it for me and my mate too.
We made a pilsner last night and I'm worried now 'cause there's no fermentation yet, about 12 hours after we put in the yeast, and there always would be fermentation the next morning with all the previous brews. Did you make the cider from a kit? i'm planning to make a cider from scratch in September when my sister comes back from Oz.
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#32311
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Yep and theres no fermentation yet on our cider, i'll check it again tonight and hopefully it will have started, The best change ive made so far is putting the heater into the tank, it speeds up the fermentation but we still leave it the same amount of time and the beer etc is so much clearer, i think the constant heat ferments the sugar much more and leaves alot less crap at the bottom of the tanks
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That is actually pretty damn awesome man I'm impressed.
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dshamrock2000 wrote:
Yep and theres no fermentation yet on our cider, i'll check it again tonight and hopefully it will have started, The best change ive made so far is putting the heater into the tank, it speeds up the fermentation but we still leave it the same amount of time and the beer etc is so much clearer, i think the constant heat ferments the sugar much more and leaves alot less crap at the bottom of the tanks

Mine has started fermenting now I thought about getting one of those heaters too but on the kits I've done they usually say it's recommended to keep the fermentation at the lower end of the scale so I'm happy enough to leave it at room temp for the time being.
I got a free crappy fridge that isn't working properly but i'm going to bypass the thermostat and fit an external thermostat that i got for €15 which will allow me to control the fridge to the temperature I want. So soon I'll be able to start making proper lager soon, which needs to be kept at a constant 12 degrees . I'm moving onto extract brewing for my next batch so hopefully this one works out well
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#32330
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yeh just did a test on mine and its started aswell, bit of a head forming, Let us know how you get on with the brewing from scratch, i'd say it will be interesting. Any fish tank heater will do the job, the bigger you get the less it will be on etc
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Re: Anyone work in a bar? 11 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 284
@ mnixon: I booked myself and swagger into this course for next friday @ 6pm, think its 3hours and then going for a few beers in town after it if anyone else fancies dropping in?
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