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Old 23-10-2013, 09:20 PM   #1
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Default Brew Length vs Brew Frequency + a Happy Liver

Evening All.

Let me start by saying I'm set up for small batches -

I don't want to drink the same thing for Months.
I enjoy brewing.
I want to brew often enough to improve my skills.
There are types of beer beyond counting that I have not tried and the likes of T..co don't sell.

So I'm a bit puzzled by the quantities some (non commercial) members brew.
I just can't see how they manage to drink it all and brew more than two or three times a year if they intend to keep their livers from having them up for war crimes. To say nothing about growing waste lines!

So what's the trick to it pour it down your mates/family, say sod it to your liver or what?

Puzzled. Aamcle


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Old 23-10-2013, 10:02 PM   #2
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What quantities are you talking about? I average consumption of 7 pints of average 4.5% beer a week, maybe more maybe less some weeks and my missus guzzles a few also, sometimes higher strength, sometimes lower.

I give a small quantity from each batch to family and friends. This means one brew day (36 bottles/18 litres) every 4 weeks is easily consumed, sometimes I'm at risk of running out, so I brew twice a month when I can and I know the 3 main summer months will be lean months with a brew day every six weeks or so!

On average I must be brewing once a month throughout the year, I don't think that's excessive and my waist line is kept in check, in fact I've been slowly losing weight over the last few months!



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Old 23-10-2013, 10:16 PM   #3
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I brew every 4 weeks upto 80 litres...trialing yeasts and hops etc

shove a bit into cornelius kegs, some into bottles, goes to friends, family etc...80 litres is a good size as it does imitate the action of the big kit..heat losses etc

Then when happy, brew upto 760 litres on the big kit...18 casks per brew
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Old 24-10-2013, 05:38 AM   #4
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For me, it is about having just enough ready to drink and I really enjoy fermentation, which form the core of making beer or wine.

I mainly drink red wine, made from grape, and because of the ageing involved I have hundreds of litres.
I make grape wine once a year - and add to the varieties I have used. I then blend before bottling.

Beer I drink more infrequently, so I tend to only ever have a couple of batches of bottles to hand at any one time.
I tried corny kegs for beer and found I was not getting through it fast enough. However I do use the corny kegs for wine.

..and yes you are right I give a lot away.
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Old 24-10-2013, 06:32 AM   #5
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I was tee total for 15+ years before I took uo the hobby of beer making 18 months or so a go. I only drink approx 8 pints or so in a week now, I have a 30+ yr old son who drinks a bit more than me...

I also brew alot ( some say too much ! ) now not so much into bottles but corny's. My bottle stocks are modest and I have 7 cornys filled with different beers at all times.
Friends come round and consumption rises....
As a result we will probably empty one corny every 10 days or so.

I've lost weight this last year as far as I'm aware my liver is happy

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Old 24-10-2013, 06:37 AM   #6
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and yes you are right I give a lot away
I thought that would be the best way currently I'm doing about 20 pints per batch with the option to double to 40 on existing kit.


Thanks All.

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Old 24-10-2013, 08:15 AM   #7
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I brew about 200-300L a year but only drink about 5-6 pints a weekand i also share with a brewing partner who probably drinks less than me.
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Old 24-10-2013, 09:06 AM   #8
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I'm building up a stock of beer of different types. So though I've brewed close to 200 litres since June Most of that is tucked away in my shed for next years BBQ's where they will be shared. Want to build up a stock of around 250 bottles. I Will slowdown to whatever rate keeps my stock up with 5 or 6 bottles extra a week for me
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Old 24-10-2013, 09:23 AM   #9
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I do perhaps 50l every 4-6 weeks. Fill a keg, age the rest in FV and bottle or keg. No problems bringing the keg in to the brewery (work) and putting it on for everyone to try. Seem to get a lot of people after a pint when they visit 20l doesnt last very long.

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Old 24-10-2013, 11:12 AM   #10
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I find theres lots of things to do around the brewery even when not making a beer....

and its surprising how many friends quickly work out my brewing schedule ! or more importantly my maturing schedule


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