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Any home-brewers out there willing to answer a few questions?

I've been wanting to dip my toe into brewing my own craft beer for a while now (metaphorically speaking).

There is a lot of information on the internet, but I have a few short, specific questions regarding the general brewing process, recipes and obtaining equipment in CH that I would love to put to an insider, so to speak.

Thanks!
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Old 01.03.2016, 22:56
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Re: Any home-brewers out there willing to answer a few questions?

So why not post your questions here so that other wannabe home brewers can also benefit from the answers?
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So why not post your questions here so that other wannabe home brewers can also benefit from the answers?
Good idea. Here goes...

1) Where can I find a modest 'beginner's equipment set' near Zurich?

2) Where is the best place to source ingredients (if possible near Zurich)?

3) For the experts out there - what would be the best way to up the protein content of the beer (for example by using a protein-powder supplement)? A terrible resulting taste is no problem, it is a joke gift for a company retreat

I did search for similar threads first, however there hasn't been an update in a while...
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Re: Any home-brewers out there willing to answer a few questions?

1) Brau & Rauch near Zürich are great. They have a store you can visit, and they also have a site. Here's the link to their starter kits:

http://www.brauundrauchshop.ch/categ...brauerei_hobby

2) There's Brau & Rauch and sios.ch, although the former has the better prices. There's also the excellent Hopfenshop.ch for just hops.

3) You could use wheat or oatmeal to bump up the protein content (think how an oatmeal stout has a thicker, smoother and richer mouthfeel to regular stout). Or, you could do like a Swedish brewery recently did, and create a beer beefed up with protein shake powder. The the brewery was Sweden's Omnipollo. It was an interesting-tasting, if not amazing beer.



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Good idea. Here goes...

1) Where can I find a modest 'beginner's equipment set' near Zurich?

2) Where is the best place to source ingredients (if possible near Zurich)?

3) For the experts out there - what would be the best way to up the protein content of the beer (for example by using a protein-powder supplement)? A terrible resulting taste is no problem, it is a joke gift for a company retreat

I did search for similar threads first, however there hasn't been an update in a while...
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Re: Any home-brewers out there willing to answer a few questions?

I haven't brewed beer in many years, and never in CH, but a few tips:

- invest in two 20l or 25l glass carboys if you plan on making this a hobby.

- use real hops pellets, not some powdered junk

- you'll get a much nicer head and better flavor on the finished product if you stay away from using priming sugar at the time of bottling. Save some of your hot wort in a sterilized 1l bottle or two, and keep it in the fridge until you are ready to bottle.

-if you can find a mini fridge and a cornelius keg or two for a CO2 system, you can eliminate a lot of the work involved in sterilizing/bottling, and have cold beer on tap...

have fun
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Re: Any home-brewers out there willing to answer a few questions?

Any infos on home brewing courses?
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Re: Any home-brewers out there willing to answer a few questions?

I got the Pirate this beginner Set for his birthday last year, it comes with everything you need. There are extenstion sets available too and you can also try out to brew different flavours.

Worked really well and turned out quite yummy.

The only tip I can give is, see to get enough (you can never have too many) green and brown bottles, before you start, as the second fermeting is done in the bottles.

https://www.geschenkidee.ch/p/60802-...-selbstgebraut
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Re: Any home-brewers out there willing to answer a few questions?

On bottles, we bottle 500kg of tomato sugo a year and get the 500ml pop top bottles from the local drink store 50raps dep each and they come washed.
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Any infos on home brewing courses?
I just checked the shop website recommended before... looks like they offer beginners courses every weekend. http://www.brauundrauchshop.ch/categ.../bierbraukurse

Haven't done one, cannot comment on it. But I think they had a booth at the Gourmesse last weekend where I had a look at a 20l homebrew set that can be controlled by smartphone (?!). So you could brew at home while being at work...
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Re: Any home-brewers out there willing to answer a few questions?

you can get all the info on brewing online, there is a plethora of info out there.

for basic, simple brews the set up is cheap. a plastic bucket kit with all you need to make 10L to 20L for around 70- 100 CHF. its super easy, pay attention to hygiene & follow instructions (yeah tough for us males) and you have pretty good beer in 4 to 8 weeks. Ingredient kits then cost 15 to 25 chf... just add water & sugar.

if you have a decent size kettle (10L or bigger) you can then move to 'partial mash' where you steep grains (like making tea) and then add extract / hops. this can produce beer at evens or better than the craft beers we pay 3/4/5/6+ CHF for...

if your prepared to spend a little more $$ you can move to all grain. Its actually simple & once you outlay the set up (large kettle & probably need an outdoor gas burner) the brews are cheap. Amarillo pale Ale i made on the weekend cost 20CHF for 21L.

have a google of brew in a bag, or BIAB .. super simple.
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