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Two of the four ingredients needed for Beer

   
 
Malt and yeast are needed to brew beer. We get the sugars needed from the malt and the yeast does the job of turning those sugars into alcohol.  Water and hops are also needed when brewing beer.  Hops give the beer its bitterness and aroma depending on when they are added during the brewing proces.  Last but not least you need water. We are lucky living in Colorado Springs. The water out of the tap is good enough to brew with. Are you able to brew with your tap water or are you brewing with bottled water?

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#homebrewchat

 
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Springs Brew Crew 
RT   A4: not yet but I was just kicking around the idea of trying it!#homebrewchat

 

 
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Gamn Dood Brewing 
 A4: not yet but I was just kicking around the idea of trying it! #homebrewchat

 

 
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Comstock Brewing 
When you are doing something that no one else in the world is doing. Gives you that tingly feeling#beer #homebrewchat

 

 
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Springs Brew Crew 
RT   my first #homebrewchat was very productive. See you next week.

 
 
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AmericanEskimoBrew 
 my first #homebrewchat was very productive. See you next week.

 
 
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Springs Brew Crew 
Wow 1 hour is up already. Thanks to everyone who joined tonight #homebrewchat

 
 
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Mark F Cook 
#homebrewchat A4: The reason we brew our own is for the unfiltered, unpasteurized and unadulterated purity that is an extension of us.

 

 
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Jerry Huscher 
we need more homebrewchat  what do you all think? #homebrewchat

 
 
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Matt O 
A4 no filter on my end either. I like a full flavor beer. If it’s too cloudy I figured I’d just let it ferment another week #homebrewchat

 
 
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Springs Brew Crew 
RT  #homebrewchat A4: I filter all my beer through my liver…..

 
 
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Mark F Cook 
#homebrewchat A4: I filter all my beer through my liver…..

 

 
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Jerry Huscher 
A4: I almost did a while back for dry hop batches but never sprung the $60 to start it #homebrewchat

 
 
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Springs Brew Crew 
thanks for the follow  join us for #homebrewchat on Tuesdays at 7pm

 

 
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Jerry Huscher 
RT  our basement is consistent but we like the temp control to be sure#homebrewchat  

 

 
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Doreen Lipsey 
RT : Belgians are hard to do sometimes  I have tried 1 and made a mess! #homebrewchat

 
 
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Jerry Huscher 
Belgians are hard to do sometimes  I have tried 1 and made a mess! #homebrewchat

 
 
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Comstock Brewing 
our basement is consistent but we like the temp control to be sure #homebrewchat 

 

 
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Springs Brew Crew 
RT  A3 #homebrewchat I use a fish heater in a water tub usually around 65 with certain yeast. #homebrew #beer #DIY

 
 
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AmericanEskimoBrew 
 my basement stays 68-70 year round. Use an aquarium heater to crank up the heat for my saison. #homebrewchat

 
 
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Matt O 
A3 I live on the western slope of CO so my fee ting is getting interesting. I’m using an ice bath at about 65-68 deg #homebrewchat

 
 
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Mark F Cook 
#homebrewchat A3: For Belgians, it’s into the keezer at 65-68 degrees, same with IPA’s. A lot of the time I use ambient temperature.

 
 
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Homebrew Handyman 
A3 #homebrewchat I use a fish heater in a water tub usually around 65 with certain yeast. #homebrew#beer #DIY

 

 
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Jerry Huscher 
Exactly! I have had some nasty beers but some really good mistakes like my last one 2row instead of MO   #homebrewchat

 
 
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Matt O 
 My mistakes will be made in time. That’s what makes it fun though. #homebrewchat

 
 
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Springs Brew Crew 
RT  It is badass  3 roller mill is the way to go! better efficiency out of your grain!  #homebrewchat

 
 
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Jerry Huscher 
It is badass  3 roller mill is the way to go! better efficiency out of your grain! #homebrewchat

 
 
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Jerry Huscher 
A3: 68-72 degrees. In the winter i use a space heater and in the summer just keep it in the basement doorshut  #homebrewchat

 
 
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Springs Brew Crew 
 A2- I buy grains already weighed and crushed, but use a digital scale for hops #homebrewchat

 
 
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Matt O 
 that’s one mean looking grain mill #homebrewchat

 
 
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Springs Brew Crew 
Q3: At what temperature do you ferment your beer? How do you regulate the temperature?#homebrewchat

 
 
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Springs Brew Crew 
RT  This is what you need next (with the hopper extension) http://t.co/OnPwhQdTee#homebrewchat

 
 
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Matt O 
#homebrewchat I just started with a few kits last winter but quickly decided that making my own recipes would be much better

 

 
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Jerry Huscher 
This is what you need next (with the hopper extension) http://t.co/q1T6qpbkN3 #homebrewchat

 

 
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Jerry Huscher 
RT  nothing wrong with being a rookie  you got to start some where#homebrewchat

 
 
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Jerry Huscher 
You will get there  I used to do the same thing. Buying your base grain in bulk is much cheaper  #homebrewchat

 

 
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Springs Brew Crew 
nothing wrong with being a rookie  you got to start some where #homebrewchat

 
 
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Matt O 
#Homebrewchat I’m still buying grains by the bag so no scale used yet. I’m still a rookie.

 
 
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Comstock Brewing 
Thanks for the follow  you should join #homebrewchat with 

 

 
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Matt O 
#homebrewchat I was amazed at the aggressiveness of the WLP001 too. Just finished a honey jefe that did well too. White Labs is great.

 
 
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Comstock Brewing 
RT #homebrewchat I make 10 & 15 gallon batches, so I measure out my grains in buckets (yes, plural) and have a scale up to 15…

 
 
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Mark F Cook 
#homebrewchat I make 10 & 15 gallon batches, so I measure out my grains in buckets (yes, plural) and have a scale up to 150lbs.

 

 
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Jerry Huscher 
I use a 220lb max refridgerant scale for my grain. I did HVAC for a while works nice! #homebrewchat

 

 
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Springs Brew Crew 
RT  #homebrewchat A2: Big ass scale for grains, small kitchen scale for hops. Both are digital.

 
 
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Mark F Cook 
#homebrewchat A2: Big ass scale for grains, small kitchen scale for hops. Both are digital.

 
 
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Springs Brew Crew 
RT  Digital Scale from Harbor Freight It is right on the money every time and $20 #homebrewchat

 
 
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Jerry Huscher 
A2: Digital Scale from Harbor Freight It is right on the money every time and $20 #homebrewchat

 
 
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Jerry Huscher 
Digital Scale from Harbor Freight It is right on the money every time and $20 #homebrewchat

 
 
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Comstock Brewing 
A2: we just have a scale that we picked up from bed bath and beyond  works well#homebrewchat

 
 
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Jerry Huscher 
I second that   but my copper works just fine for the money#homebrewchat

 

 
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Springs Brew Crew 
Q2: What scale do you use to weigh out your grains and hops? #homebrewchat

 
 
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Mark F Cook 
#homebrewchat A1: Counterflow because stern looks and admonishment just doesn’t work as well.

 
 
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Homebrew Handyman 
 just kidding I returned from the gym to jump on board #homebrewchat

 

 
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Comstock Brewing 
A1: Wrapped some copper around a cylinder  cools the wort so fast now#homebrewchat

 
 
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Homebrew Handyman 
 A1 #homebrewchat #DIY copper wort chiller saving up for one from Jaded Brewing for ten gallon batches

 
 
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Jerry Huscher 
Hops will do that or a special grain  #homebrewchat

 
 
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LesterBenzBrewing 
RT #homebrewchat I’m having my first real taste of my first all grain home brew. It’s an IPA couldn’t be more happy with the re…

 
 
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Matt O 
#homebrewchat thank you all. It turned out phenomenally well with a pine, citrus vanilla flavor. Not sure where the vanilla came from.

 

 
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Springs Brew Crew 
RT  A1: 20′ 3/8″ refridgerant line wort chiller that i wrapped around a corny keg #homebrewchat

 
 
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Jerry Huscher 
A1: 20′ 3/8″ refridgerant line wort chiller that i wrapped around a corny keg #homebrewchat

 
 
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Jerry Huscher 
 Once you start it (yes it takes longer) you can’t go back. I love the taste of fresh grain not some goo! #homebrewchat

 
 
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Matt O 
#homebrewchat I’m having my first real taste of my first all grain home brew. It’s an IPA couldn’t be more happy with the results.

 

 
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Springs Brew Crew 
RT  drinking my botched dale’s pale ale clone. 2row instead of maris otter but kinda good!  #homebrewchat

 

 
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Jerry Huscher 
RT  drinking my botched dale’s pale ale clone. 2row instead of maris otter but kinda good!  #homebrewchat

 
 
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Springs Brew Crew 
What is everyone drinking tonight? #homebrewchat

 
 
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Springs Brew Crew 
Welcome everyone. It’s time to learn how to home brew #beer who is joining us tonight?#homebrewchat

 
 
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Jerry Huscher 
drinking my botched dale’s pale ale clone. 2row instead of maris otter but kinda good! #homebrewchat

 
 
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Comstock Brewing 
let us know how it turns out  you should join  for #homebrewchattonight at 7pm MST

 
 
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Springs Brew Crew 
Thanks for the follow  join us for #homebrewchat at 7pm MST tonight

 
 
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Springs Brew Crew 
Just a reminder that #homebrewchat is on at 7pm MST tonight. Join us and learn to brew #beer

Happy New Year’s

Comstock Brewing

2013 has been really good to Comstock Brewing. This is the year that we went from extract brewing to all grain brewing. This conversion has made a huge impact in the quality of our beer. We went from just ok beer that our friends and family liked to now the friends and family are making comments that they would pay $5 for a pint. We are still not sure where Comstock Brewing is going in the near future but I do know that in 2014 we will be perfecting our recipes that are already a hit and venturing out and making some new beers that we have not tried before.

Here is to 2014 and another year in our story. Cheers!!

Prohibition in the United States

Today in history the Twenty-first Amendment was ratified which repealed the Eighteenth Amendment and the end of the prohibition.

Prohibition in the United States

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Black Friday Deal

$8.00 six packs of pumpkin ale will be available at 6am Friday morning. We can deliver to you wherever you may be Friday morning for $12.00.

Homebrewing advice from world-renowned craft brewmasters

If you are just getting started home brewing of have been doing it for a while this is an excellent read.  Once you have read it please comment on one new thing you learned.

 

Homebrewing advice from world-renowned craft brewmasters.

 

Essential equipment needed to get started brewing your own beer

There is something gratifying about drinking a home brew beer especially if you can brew it yourself.  Remember that time that you went to your friends place and they asked you to try some beer that they made.  Imagine how excited they were to get your feedback on something they made.  Now you are thinking about making some home brew so you can share with your friends.  This is how we got started home brewing.  Our first batch mostly went out to friends and family.  It did not turn out to bad as everyone was asking for another beer and not dumping it down the sink.  That is precisely why our passion is making beer.  The following equipment is what you will need to get started brewing.

6 Gallon Fermenter with lid

Used for the primary fermentation of the beer.  The lid does need to be drilled for an airlock.

5 Gallon Glass Carboy

Used for secondary fermentation.

Bottle/Carboy brush

This brush will be used to get to the hard to reach gunk that needs to be cleaned out before sanitizing your equipment.

Sanitizer

Sanitation is very important when it comes to making beer.  Anything that comes in contact with the beer must be cleaned and sanitized to  make sure no rogue germs get in your beer and cause it to taste bad.

50 Beer bottles

You can buy bottles or even better start saving bottles.  Ask your friends to save there bottles as well.  You can’t use twist off bottles so make sure those end up in the recycle bin.

Bottle washer

After you have scrubbed the inside of the bottles with the brush, the bottle washer will be used to rinse the bottles.

Bottle Caps

Bottle Capper

Necessary device to get the caps on the bottles.

Siphon and Siphon Hosing

Used for transferring your beer from the fermenter to the carboy.  The siphon is also used to get the beer into the bottles.

Thermometer

When making beer temperature reading is very important.  Certain steps need to be at precise temperatures.

Hydrometer

Used to measure the original gravity and the final gravity of the beer.  This will give the alcohol content.

24qt stainless steel pot

Used to steep the grains during the brewing process and boiling the wort.

Rubber stopper for Carboy

Airlock

Will fit in the drilled hole in the lid of the fermenter and the rubber stopper of the carboy to prevent any air or contaminents from getting into the beer.

Now you know what equipment you need to go out and buy to get started.  If you have any question please let us know.  Please also share this with your friends who want to get started home brewing as well.

Successfully Made Dog Treats

3 out 3 dogs agree that our doggie treats are Awesome!!!

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Not Brewing Today

At our real jobs today, so we do not get to brew 😦  Anyone out there making some beer today?

What do with spent grains?

Our compost bin is full.  We do not have chickens or cows.  What to do with all that spent grain after brew day?  I think we are going to start giving some of it away to friends that have chickens.  Even better we are going to start making dog treats.

Any of our readers have any experience making dog treats?  

Stay tuned for future posts on our dog treat adventure.

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