SparkPeople Homebrewing Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=10918 For those who are brewing, thinking about, or are just interested in brewing their own Beer or Wine. SparkPeople Homebrewing Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=10918 New to Site http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x59499073 Hi I am a winemaker from an area a little outside of Cincinnati......I am fortunate to be involved in the greatest hobby in the world....Winemaking. And also fortunate to be involved in the 2nd best hobby in the world....Drinking It, <BR> My all time favorite thing to do was sip a bottle of my wine and smoke a good cigar.....Hand in Hand. Well I quit smoking two years ago, and gained 30 pounds (Thats why I'm here) and was pleasantly surprise to see this team. <BR> I've got 90 bottles bubbling... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:30:32 EST anybody ever attended Joshua Bernstein's tours http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x57349302 I'm wondering if it's worth it. Great stuff to taste and lots of good ideas, or just a quick way to burn through $30? <BR> <link>joshuambernstein.com/events/ </link> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 19:28:23 EST Hi from Ky http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x56883110 Anyone from the Louisville, E-town area? Sun, 23 Feb 2014 11:27:55 EST Western Washington Homebrewer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x53652623 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I recently joined Spark People to do BLC22 with my wife. Started searching for groups with my interests and stumbled across this one that was dead on for me <BR> <BR> I have been an avid homebrewer for 18 years and brew about every 2weeks <BR> <BR> Dragonbrau is what I call my brew. <BR> <BR> I brew 5 gl all grain with a converted cooler mashtun. <BR> <BR> I have a converted 50's GE fridge with 2 taps that I rotate 4 corny's thru. Fri, 7 Jun 2013 23:29:52 EST New Wine Maker Joined the Group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x51788596 Hi, New wine maker from Minnesota just joined your group. Looking forward to reading messages from the members. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:39:19 EST BC Craft Beer Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x50115936 In case anyone is in BC, check out <link>www.craftbeermonth.ca/ </link> for craft beer events the whole month of October :) Wed, 26 Sep 2012 10:48:05 EST How to: Homemade Beer Ice Cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x49057694 I know! You're all thinking, like... 'what is she goin' on about naowww?!' <BR> <BR> Annnnyway, this link: <link>www.theawl.com/2012/06/how-to-make-b<BR>eer-ice-cream </link> was included in the weekly newsletter for one of the beer clubs I'm a member of and I thought I'd pass this along. <BR> <BR> I have no idea how this would work and since I don't eat eggs or dairy (stupid allergies) I'll have to majorly adapt this recipe to try and make it work... but I'll let you know how it goes. ... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 11:57:06 EST Great Canadian Beer Festival 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x49056544 Presale for CAMRA Vancouver members for the 20th Great Canadian Beer Festival is tomorrow! Don't forget to get your tickets :) <BR> <BR> Last year was a blast! See you there! <BR> <BR> For more information: <BR> <link>www.gcbf.com/ </link> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 10:50:45 EST Canadian Cup of Beer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x48823253 The Canadian Cup of Beer will be at Swangard Stadium in Vancouver Friday and Saturday July 13th and 14th if anyone is around. Wed, 4 Jul 2012 10:59:08 EST Any Van Brewers Members in the House? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x46731770 Title pretty much says it all... The boyfriend and I are going to the meeting tonight to join. If you're in or around Vancouver, perhaps we'll see you there! <BR> <BR> Rugby Club at 2205 Commercial Drive. 7pm <BR> <BR> <link>www.vanbrewers.ca/?page_id=50&event_<BR>id=20 </link> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 14:22:24 EST Recommended Winemaking books? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x46046016 What book(s) would you recommend for a new winemaker (switching from beer to wine due to dietary reasons). I checked out "Home winemaking step-by-step : a guide to fermenting wine grapes" by Jon Iverson from my library but did not care for it. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 16:08:03 EST Hello All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x44102914 Hello, I just found this team and had to join. I have been a home brewer for a few years and truly enjoy it. My next brew will be, partially, for a Marine coming home from Afghanistan. I'm not quite sure what to brew, I was thinking of an IPA. Any thoughts, suggestions? Thu, 15 Sep 2011 15:16:21 EST Wisconsin Home Brewer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x43742244 Hello! I was hoping there was a home brew group! <BR> <BR> My husband and I brew (all grain) on a weekly basis. We have a kegs and bottles everywhere. Whenever we watch Hoarders, I always poke him and say "beer hoarder". <BR> <BR> Finding balancing my love of beer with my love of not gaining weight. Looking forward to reading what everyone else is up to with their brews! Maybe get some tips! :) <BR> <BR> - Angela Fri, 26 Aug 2011 09:08:20 EST Hello From Florida! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x42778576 I am a beer geek (some would say snob) & DH of a homebrewer & beer columnist - & frequently am the homebrewmaster's apprentice/partner-in-crime. We usually keep 5 or 6 on tap at a time. We currently have on tap for the summer an AWESOME mango IPA (keg's almost empty though), a little-too-fresh-to-drink apricot IPA, a tropical hefe, & a couple winter leftovers including a chocolate stout & a porter. It can be challenging to stay within my calories when there are no light craft beers available.... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 11:38:42 EST Wanna Be Homebrewer :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x40723681 Hello all, I just joined the group because i was trying to find a Craft Beer team. I really love craft beer (for about 2 years now, although, i have really learned a lot, and been more into it in the last 10 months or so) I've been wondering how my love of craft beer will fit in to my new desire to lose weight, and feel better. Thought maybe i could find some advice, or at least some fellow commiserators, in this group. I would love to brew, and have been learning about it, but haven't tr... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 14:04:57 EST Kegorator construction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x40200690 I've been building my own Kegorator for the past year. Friday night I found out that I had miss measured the faceplate I'm putting around the 2X4 collar. The front board is about 1/2 an inch short! <BR> <BR> AAAGGGHHHH!!! <BR> <BR> Now to think like a Home Brewer and figure out a innovative fix. Sun, 27 Feb 2011 09:36:39 EST Brew Masters Series on Discover Channel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x38047085 Hope everyone either gets a chance to watch the series premiere or has their DVR set (which is what I did): <BR> <BR> http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/brew-masters<BR>/?#mkcpgn=semdsc6 Sun, 21 Nov 2010 08:57:45 EST home winemaker in Northern CA here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x37364414 Hi, I'm Lisa in Northern CA. I have been indulging in some home winemaking. It' a lot of fun, but I always have thousands of questions. Any tips from home vintners are always welcome! Sun, 17 Oct 2010 13:34:54 EST Planning a brew Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x36597318 I have Tuesday the 14 off (primary election here in MD) and I am thinking of making a batch of beer. The big question I have is what type. I am thinking either a Belgian Pale Ale or an English Bitter. Decisions, Decisions... <BR> <BR> Worst case I go for my English Mild. Fri, 10 Sep 2010 07:23:49 EST Beer Fests and Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x36314424 Ok, I'm going to a beer festival in a couple of weeks. I am unable to deny myself. I see no way around totally blowing the diet for that day. Oh did I mention it's a Bacon and Beer fest. Yup, blowing the diet for the day. No regrets... I hope. Fri, 27 Aug 2010 12:21:55 EST Advantiage of Kegging http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x36178016 I started kegging in May. I never thought it would be an advantage in losing weight, but I love being able to have a short pour without wasting a bottle. <BR> <BR> Currently I'm enjoying a 6 oz pour of my Belgian Golden Strong (135 calories) Fri, 20 Aug 2010 20:00:41 EST New Member checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x36083977 Just checking in to say Hi. <BR> <BR> I've been brewing for a couple of years. Trying to lose weight for just over a year now. Lost about 20# last year, but need to keep it up and lose another 45 more (at least). <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Aug 2010 10:56:56 EST Hello from San Diego http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x36067888 Hi everyone. So happy to find this quiet little board. I have been homebrewing beer off and on for a few years, although I still consider myself a novice. I currently have a first IPA maturing in bottles, and a hard cider happily burping in the fermenter (the first cider I made did not go so well... so I'm going in for round 2). <BR> I have an unfortunate taste for Imperial IPA beers, which is NOT condusive to weight loss, so I'm trying a no-beer-on-weekdays policy. We'll see how that goe... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 14:43:51 EST Pilsner Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x35726194 Got a question for anyone who has brewed a pilsner. I have a recipe I'd love to try but it calls primary fermentation at 50-55F. How have you accomplished this? The recipe calls for the secondary at 35F, which is basically refrigerator temps. The 50-55F is stumping me. My basement at this time of year is closer to 70f. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 30 Jul 2010 08:51:21 EST (Hic) Hi from UK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x35321956 We are a couple of 50+ who brew our own cider and wine on a smallholding in east Lincolnshire. Our ethos is to be aa sustainable as we can, so grow our own veg and meat. So far, damson wine, perry and cider are on the go, next year we shall have the cellar functioning properly!! Sat, 10 Jul 2010 16:09:23 EST Just drinking my Kool-aid wine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x34762706 Okay. It sounds a little weird and, in fact, it is. It was a fun experiment. That's the joy of making my own wine. I can make and drink something really different. I'm glad to be joining this team. <BR> <em>181</em> <em>181</em> <em>181</em> Sat, 12 Jun 2010 22:13:04 EST Brewing TV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x34470207 Hi all, <BR> <BR> Found this interesting link out on FB to Northern Brewers web site -- Brewing TV. What caught my eye was their latest installment on open fermentation: http://www.brewingtv.com/ Sun, 30 May 2010 09:22:17 EST Party Pig? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x34325795 Read about these in the Papazian book "The Complete Joy of Home Brewing" as well as seeing them online. Has anyone used one? Is it a good step up from bottles? Good interim step before kegs? All info appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 23 May 2010 09:30:08 EST Hello From Central VA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x34200590 Hey All, <BR> I'm Josh from Central VA. I joined sparkpeople a few months ago, and was excited to find a homebrew community on here. I'm still a novice at homebrewing, and hope to pick up some tips on how i can make some happy homebrew for my tastebuds as well as my waistline. I stopped brewing a few weeks before i started my diet plan, and hope to start up again soon. Mon, 17 May 2010 13:11:18 EST Favorite Commercial Brews http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x33600488 Do you have any? <BR> <BR> I have 2 <BR> #1-DUCHESSE DE BOURGOGNE-A Flemish red ale with characteristics of a lambic <BR> #2-Southern Tier Brewing Company-Choklat stout <BR> Imperial Chocolate Stout <BR> <BR> However, I also enjoy a Honey Moon on the occasions that don't call for something quite so special. <BR> <BR> DH likes any IPA made with Simcoe hops. Wed, 21 Apr 2010 14:31:16 EST Hi from Upstate NY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x33599756 Hi everyone, I'm Julie. My hubby is the homebrewer, but I try to be supportive. We have 15 gallons in carboys right now and about 6 cases ready to drink in the basement. I'm hoping he'll make me a HoneyMoon clone sometime this fall so that I can enjoy it all winter. Wed, 21 Apr 2010 13:56:45 EST Hello from Pennsylvania (and Nashville, TN) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x33442305 My husband and I started making our own wine several years ago. We are currently living in two different states, PA and TN, until our youngest graduates from High School. Then Nashville, TN will be our permanent home. <BR> <BR> So currently we have to separate operations going. One in PA and one in TN. We have lots of friends who help us. <BR> <BR> What a great hobby! <em>181</em> Wed, 14 Apr 2010 19:52:48 EST Hello from Beervana! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x32885374 That's Portland, OR, of course :) <BR> <BR> I have been homebrewing for several years and just discovered this team. I have been successfully incorporating my love of beer into my new healthy lifestyle but I am looking forward to hearing how you are all doing it! <BR> <BR> ~Jenn Mon, 22 Mar 2010 17:20:21 EST Superbowl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x31787212 Anyone have homebrew for the Superbowl? I went to a friends and took two kegs, a blonde and an Octoberfest. I know its a little late for an Octoberfest but my roommate moved out at the end of last year and he drank more beer than me. Both were a big hit and almost floated the blonde keg. Now I need to work off all those beer calories. Mon, 8 Feb 2010 09:37:38 EST Saint Arnold Spring Bock is here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x31715398 Yeah, I know it is not homebrew, but it is one of my favorites. Good, malty and local. Time to stash a couple of cases as it is only seasonal. Fri, 5 Feb 2010 10:31:50 EST Hello from Maryland http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x31593276 Good Morning, <BR> I'm a home brewer from Maryland and brand new to this site and the group. I cook for a living and I'm currently a full time student so finding time for exercise has not been easy. I've resolved this year to stop making excuses and get my butt to the gym. <BR> Thanks Mon, 1 Feb 2010 10:42:37 EST Mead http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x31331927 Anybody out there have a recipe or hints re making mead? <BR> <BR> My daughter wants me to make some. I only had it once in my life and it didn't impress me but I want to make some for her. <BR> <BR> I'm sure I can get one online somewhere but would feel more comfortable getting an opinion here. <BR> <em>9</em> Fri, 22 Jan 2010 22:28:10 EST Hello from California http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x31170496 I am delighted to have found this team. Been brewing for years but it's been a while. Beer and weight loss seem to go together like oil and water. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to meeting you all and learning how you deal with that paradox. My own outlook is going to be that since I now have to drink much less, it really should the best--and there is nothing like homebrew! <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Jan 2010 17:09:04 EST Beer lover from Philly - HI! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x30978170 So I just joined sparkpeople last week. I'm not really using the meal planning or anything, just mostly counting calories. I've done weightwatchers before and know my body well, so the calorie tracking tool just makes it all easier. I lost about 6 lbs in December before joining, so I'm hoping this site will continue to keep me honest! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I haven't homebrewed in a year or two, but I'm a HUGE craft beer enthusiast, so I'm glad to find a board with people who have a similar inter... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 11:20:25 EST Next batch -- poll http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x30443863 Hi all, <BR> <BR> Starting to get serious about making my next batch of beer. I've been collecting recipes from my "365 Bottles of Beer For The Year" desk calendar, and here are the finalists: <BR> <BR> - Red Barn Ale <BR> - Iron Rat American Stout <BR> - JW Dundees IPA <BR> - Great Waters Winter Ale <BR> - Beechworth Australian Ale <BR> - Smithwick's Irish Ale <BR> <BR> Thoughts? Mon, 21 Dec 2009 08:12:43 EST New to homebrewing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x29945597 hey all. I am new to this group and haven't brewed a batch of home brew in about 6 years. I am just wondering if the starter kits are still around $100 or have they come down? I know of two places around here in WNY that handle home brewing but, not sure if ordering off the internet is better or going to an actual store front? Any suggestions? Tue, 24 Nov 2009 14:42:04 EST hello from san francisco http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x28900710 big style ipa has become my specialty. <BR> i get my ingredients and equipment from san francisco brewcraft. <BR> <link>http://www.sanfranciscobrewcraft.com<BR>/ </link> <BR> <BR> i love speakeasy beers (big daddy, double daddy, prohibiiton). <BR> <link>www.goodbeer.com/SWF/index.html </link> <BR> <BR> i still have a few brews left but it's time for another batch. <BR> Tue, 6 Oct 2009 16:02:19 EST Virginia Winemakers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x28311865 Deciding to set a goal to FEEL better, I stubbled across SparkPeople. My goal is to loose 25 pounds by the end of the year and I believe these trackers will help me. This is a great time of year to get started, especially if you are involved in harvest. The long days and excessive excercise is just what I need to get a BOOST to my target goal. Wine is such a temptation, especially during the winter months. I look forward to hearing what others are doing to meet their goal. Thu, 10 Sep 2009 11:41:42 EST Carboys? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x27815395 Any benefits to using a carboy for home brewing vs. my starter kit bucket? Just curious.... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 15:54:41 EST Don't you hate it when...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x27541604 You finally have a chance to get home and have a few beers, grab a glass, pull the lever, NO GAS!!! <BR> <BR> It has definitely been one of those weeks. To make it worse, my backup is empty too. Fri, 7 Aug 2009 09:53:23 EST Glad to see this forum http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x27541554 Hi everyone. I am in Houston and have been brewing for about five years. I do ten gallon batches on a stand I built out of bedframes and my staples are APAs and Czech Pilsners. Fri, 7 Aug 2009 09:51:30 EST Hello all... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x26627976 ......My name is Cliff and Homebrewing is what has forced me to modify my somewhat recently aquired sedentary lifestyle(Well...almost sedentary...I do a lot of backpacking and hiking...but I've got about 15-20 lb.s I just can't seem to shake;-). I've been brewing going on 12 years now. In the cellar, currently, I have a Dortmunder styled "Export", A good Bohemian Pilsner, a Simcoe dry hopped Pale and a Belgian Dubbel that's been quietly maturing out....all currently slated for the Oktoberfest... Sun, 28 Jun 2009 11:22:52 EST Aloha from Oahu! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x25523030 My name is Todd and I'm a homebrewer...."Hi Todd". <BR> My wife and I have only been brewing since last fall, but we love it! The only problem - beer and weight loss don't mix. <BR> Right now we have an Irish Stout in our secondary, and a Cherry Weizen in the primary. <BR> I don't like to brag, but as fairly new homebrewers we took a gold for our German Lager at the Kona Brewing Festival in March. I'll let you in on a little secret that I don't usually tell non-homebrewers...there were only ... Thu, 14 May 2009 00:16:05 EST Stainless Steel vs Aluminum? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x24858940 What is everyone's opinion / advice on home brew boiling pots? Stainless steel or aluminum? Seems like the consensus out on the internet is SS, but would be interested to hear what this group has to say (as I am getting ready to buy a pot). Mon, 20 Apr 2009 07:58:00 EST So what has everyone made lately? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x24393107 Since the new year I've made a Tawney Caramel Mead, a Chocolate Cherry Mead (for chocolate covered cherry day), a Sparkling Maple Mead and a Black Currant Wine. I have also done a bit of bottling and kegging, we bottle 1 gallon of the 6 gallon kits and keg the rest for long term aging. I am also not so patiently waiting for my limited edition kits to arrive. Fri, 3 Apr 2009 09:16:38 EST A great forum to visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x23921814 For those of you wine, mead & beer makers who would like to learn lots more about making these beverages with a very friendly group of folks please visit us at http://www.finevinewines.com//Wiz/forum/de<BR>fault.asp <BR> I know you will be welcome. Wed, 18 Mar 2009 19:13:54 EST Ordered wine kits with gift of money http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x22325172 I got some money from an inheritance and decided to buy some wine kits with it.... came today. Can't wait to start them. This is my first attempt at a kit wine. Gewurtz... Mosel variety... yumm - O! <BR> Debbie Tue, 27 Jan 2009 19:18:49 EST Hello from New Hampshire http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x22295288 Greetings, <BR> <BR> Just joined SP. I am an admitted beer snob and have recently began homebrewing. First batch was an amazing chocolate stout. Next (and lastly) was a vanilla porter that was an ok porter, with no vanilla flavor (despite 4 full beans). Coming up next will be a wee heavy. <BR> <BR> R Mon, 26 Jan 2009 23:08:52 EST Homebrewing beginner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x21828036 My finacee and I are about to start our first batch of beer. I am just wondering how to tell how many calories it has once finished. It is supposed to be a medium ale. Tue, 13 Jan 2009 18:01:21 EST Hello from the Great Beer State http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x21687630 That's Michigan if you don't know ;) <BR> <BR> I started homebreing a year ago, and have yet to graduate to all-grain, but have been fairly satisfied with extract/partial mash thus far. I am currently sipping on my latest, a trip that after two weeks is horribly under carbonated, but still tasty. Unfortunately my carboys are currently empty as I have not had inspiration hit in terms of what to brew next! Fri, 9 Jan 2009 23:58:01 EST Let your mind leak here>>>>>> http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8799x10918x20933206 This area is available.does anyone have an idea for this forums subject? Sun, 14 Dec 2008 10:02:34 EST homebrews new blood http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8798x10918x20933080 Our leader has been out of site for a long time.I was offered the administrator position and accepted the it temporarily as i think we can be more than we have been.An amnesty is hereby awarded to anyone who has not met their goals as we all get a fresh start here.If anyone would like a leadership role here just assume the position and we'll figure out how to elect you.In any case,chime in and say hello or specify what you would like to happen here.I will endeaver to be here more often then a... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 09:55:57 EST Wine makers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x17090039 I just started my first batch. I've ordered some concentrates too... I'm starting with just a gallon in case I totally screw it up. Sat, 26 Jul 2008 22:52:32 EST Greetings and Salutations... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x17051114 I'm new to Spark this week and just found this forum today (not sure how active it is). <BR> We are just learning the basics of winemaking and haven't actually tried our hand at it yet. We planted some grapes this past Spring and hope to eventually make icewine from them. <BR> In the meantime, we'd like to make our initial mistakes with some blueberry wine from the grower down the street. Does anyone have any tips or recipes they would like to share? Fri, 25 Jul 2008 14:03:20 EST Braggot Recipes (I feel that are worth sharing) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x15799277 I found this one online and it worked out pretty good for me, granted the dates on this thing are copy/pasted from the original location i found the recipe... I couldn't have waited that long before I would have gotten into it... <BR> <BR> Easy Braggot <BR> <BR> <BR> A simple basic braggot recipe <BR> <BR> Start date: Mar. 29, 2004 <BR> Bottle date: April 29 2004 <BR> 5 gallon batch <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 3.3 lb. light malt extract (Muntons LME) <BR> 5 lb. wild flower honey <BR>... Sat, 14 Jun 2008 04:48:06 EST Hello from New York! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x15610718 Hi fellow Sparkers. My name is Sofie, and I am living in New York. I have never brewed anything before in my life and am interested in brewing some wine. My Dad used to brew his own mead when I was younger, and I thought it would be cool to try. I have no equipment and absolutely no knowledge on how to do it. Just here to learn a little from all of you! By the way, anyone know what a real serving size of wine is, and how I might be able to figure out how to measure that without any measuring ... Sat, 7 Jun 2008 20:45:30 EST Greetings Compatriots! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x15270561 Everywhere I go I find homebrewers. We're in all the cracks. :) <BR> <BR> I'm a mazer (mead brewer) primarily. I'm looking to step up my set-up to brewing beer. I'm going to have to move to a larger size, however, as I'm currently using a 1 gallon glass jug set-up. <BR> <BR> I'm from Houston, TX home of St. Arnold, some of the best beer anywhere. <BR> <BR> -Cheers! <BR> Tue, 27 May 2008 14:24:26 EST Whatcha brewin? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x15269227 So what are all of my fellow brewers cooking up for this summer? I'm going to be making a fruit wheat beer (for the wife) and a pale ale after that. I currently have a Scottish 80/ that is just about ready to bottle. Just wanted to know what everyone else is up to. Tue, 27 May 2008 13:38:14 EST Hello! I'm a new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x15178526 Hello, I just joined this group, and my husband and I make our own wine. Who knew there would be a group like this! Fri, 23 May 2008 22:15:27 EST Scottish 80/ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x14781498 I was wondering if anyone has had experience brewing a Scottish export? This is my first, I have in the primary (6 days right now at 58F. I'm not sure how long and at what temp I want to secondary? I have read some different literature some says a higher temp other say to be true to the style a low temp is better? Any thoughts? Fri, 9 May 2008 09:03:13 EST Just joined up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x14700597 So, I just returned to spark people after a few month "vacation" and was excited to see the new forum for home brewers! During my time away I picked up the hobby and have completed my first extract brew (a tasty bavarian hefe) and have a Scottish 80/ in the primary. Hopefully we can all find a way to enjoy lots of home brew and not negate all our hard work in the gym! Tue, 6 May 2008 16:24:08 EST whats up fellow homebrewers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x14178432 just joined the spark site and it is fantastic, I am an extract brewer and i actually just bottled some beer the other night! good to see that even us zymurgists are being shown some props in here! Sat, 19 Apr 2008 18:18:33 EST Howdy! I'm New! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x13865358 I'm a beer geek / homebrewer from outside Philadelphia that just joined. Looking forward to it. Wed, 9 Apr 2008 15:29:03 EST Hello! I'm brand spanking new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x13670975 what a cool group! glad y'all are here 'cause we love to brew the beer, but love drinking it even more...not exactly diet food...ya know? <BR> <BR> anyway, i'm new and hoping to hear back from fellow brewers on how ya do it both! <BR> <BR> cheers! Thu, 3 Apr 2008 14:10:45 EST just a thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x11286674 are there any wine makers from england out there? Mon, 14 Jan 2008 10:53:54 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x10922356 hi everyone, i am a newbie here, well i have just rejoined after a break of about 3 months i thought i could go it alone but i was wrong, then i found you lot. i have a question, is it possible to make wine with spenda or some other alterative? has anybody tried it? I know mostly all the sugar turns to alcohol but there must be some left, Help please <BR> Linda <em>277</em> Thu, 3 Jan 2008 09:23:45 EST i ordered some merlot juice .lets make wine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x10353623 11111111 Fri, 30 Nov 2007 20:35:22 EST Hi:-)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x9925170 I'm Maria .I am from Bulgaria(Europe).I like to drink a "strong" dark beer .But my favourite one is Guinness beer... <BR> Well,I like and a glass or two of good wine too <em>211</em> ! <BR> Cheers <em>30</em> ! Tue, 6 Nov 2007 18:18:04 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10918x8432501 I could not believe there was actually a team for homebrewing! Hell yea! My man came home from work one day and decided that since a coworker enjoyed homebrewing we should try it too. So...last Friday night we tried it for the first time. It was fun to listen to it "gurgle" for a couple of days. I often caught Dan just staring at the bucket, lol. It has bubbled a few times in the last two days and I cannot wait until we actually finish it to see how we did! <BR> <BR> AmandaLynne* Tue, 21 Aug 2007 13:43:57 EST Favorite Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x6290868 Have you made an incredible batch of beer and want to let everyone know? Why not share your experience. <BR> <BR> To get started I made a batch of Cherry Stout a couple of years ago. I was fairly new to homebrewing and at first I didn't think that this sounded like a good beer. <BR> <BR> Luckily I was wrong in so many ways. The cherry flavor added to the chocolate malt very nicely. It was very well balanced and had an incredible aftertaste. <BR> <BR> MMMMMM - thinking about it is making me... Tue, 1 May 2007 10:55:13 EST Welcome to homebrewer's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10918x6290698 Homebrewer's unite! <BR> <BR> I have seen several of you posting in other chats so I figured why not create our own team. <BR> <BR> We can all come together to discuss how we are incorporating our own brews into our healthy living plans. Tue, 1 May 2007 10:49:08 EST