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Old 28.12.2010, 01:30
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Re: Homebrew Success In Switzerland

Hello Everyone,

A very helpful thread, i read through most of the replies My husband has been dropping broad hints about a home brewing kit, so i plan to get him one for his birthday in January. I was initially thinking of ordering one from UK, but after going through this post, decided to order it from CH.

Now, I have finalized ordering either from http://www.homebrewshop.ch/ or http://www.sios.ch/. However, I have a question- will the instruction manuals that come with the kit be only in German? I mean, ?I can always translate it, but I guess having an English manual would be more helpful for us.

Any helpful pointers are appreciated! Also, any specific kit you would recommend?

Thanks a bunch,
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Old 28.12.2010, 03:06
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Re: Homebrew Success In Switzerland

@Cactina

Instruction leaflets and manuals here sometimes include the English language. However, why not give them a ring to find out for sure?

I've no experience of home brewing but well remember the time when one of my brothers attempted to make some home made wine. All good and well until it came to the proud uncorking ceremony in front of the family and his buddies. The cork would not come out of the bottle neck and so in his infinite wisdom, he attempted doing so with his teeth !!! The result was he very narrowly avoided having the cork rocket right down his throat whilst the contents of the bottle exploded everywhere! Needless to say only he got to taste the droplets of wine that shot into his mouth with the cork! I can still remember the look of shock/horror on his face following the incident and there was just the one bottle. It gave us all a good laugh for a long time afterwards though, including him. Memories. . . .
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Re: Homebrew Success In Switzerland

From memory, the kits I bought from the homebrew shop had instruction leaflets in multiple languages including English.
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Old 28.12.2010, 19:10
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Hello Everyone,

A very helpful thread, i read through most of the replies My husband has been dropping broad hints about a home brewing kit, so i plan to get him one for his birthday in January. I was initially thinking of ordering one from UK, but after going through this post, decided to order it from CH.

Now, I have finalized ordering either from http://www.homebrewshop.ch/ or http://www.sios.ch/. However, I have a question- will the instruction manuals that come with the kit be only in German? I mean, ?I can always translate it, but I guess having an English manual would be more helpful for us.

Any helpful pointers are appreciated! Also, any specific kit you would recommend?

Thanks a bunch,
Cactina
Kits are mostly Belgian/Australian/English and will have instructions in English. For more details check out

http://www.howtobrew.com/intro.html
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Re: Homebrew Success In Switzerland

This thread is a very interesting read. I've been thinking of giving the whole home brewing thing a go and lot's of helpful links have been provided.

Is there, to anyone's knowledge, a problem with the website http://www.homebrewshop.ch/? It goes straight to a login page, and there does not seem to be a place to "sign up" or similar...
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Old 15.05.2011, 12:39
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This thread is a very interesting read. I've been thinking of giving the whole home brewing thing a go and lot's of helpful links have been provided.

Is there, to anyone's knowledge, a problem with the website http://www.homebrewshop.ch/? It goes straight to a login page, and there does not seem to be a place to "sign up" or similar...
Try the Brau und Rauch Shop or Sios. Both very good suppliers.
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Re: Homebrew Success In Switzerland

As the thread got bumped anyway I don't feel too cheeky mentioning the poll I set up to gauge interest is a brew club .
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Re: Homebrew Success In Switzerland

Tis almost the holiday season, so I'm hoping it's OK to revive an old thread....

We have moved into a new place which comes with a HUGE area of basement space for our exclusive use...but having not been here long enough to accumulate the usual junk, we are hoping to put it to far better use as a brewery.

Seems like a great idea for an xmas pressie for my husband (one of those gifts that you give someone but reap the benefits yourself )

So I am trying to put together a start kit capable of brewing larger and also cider. I have had a look at the local websites suggested in this thread but the starter kits seem pretty pricey for a few bits of plastic. As I work in a lab, I can buy this stuff through the Uni (for personal use) for cost + 5%.... but I am unsure about what would be the essential bits of kit.

Can anyone help me buy telling me which bits of kit are absolutely necessary, useful and completely unnecessary?? I'm a bit lost
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Tis almost the holiday season, so I'm hoping it's OK to revive an old thread....

We have moved into a new place which comes with a HUGE area of basement space for our exclusive use...but having not been here long enough to accumulate the usual junk, we are hoping to put it to far better use as a brewery.

Seems like a great idea for an xmas pressie for my husband (one of those gifts that you give someone but reap the benefits yourself )

So I am trying to put together a start kit capable of brewing larger and also cider. I have had a look at the local websites suggested in this thread but the starter kits seem pretty pricey for a few bits of plastic. As I work in a lab, I can buy this stuff through the Uni (for personal use) for cost + 5%.... but I am unsure about what would be the essential bits of kit.

Can anyone help me buy telling me which bits of kit are absolutely necessary, useful and completely unnecessary?? I'm a bit lost
I think it depends a lot. Like the OP said (waay back when) there are a lot of microbreweries in Switzerland today; I volunteered a couple months' back at the microbrew event in Rapperswil and we featured 26 different beers. My advice would be to visit one close to you, calling ahead to see if the brewer's there. Buy a round or two and pick his/her brain; they all started small somewhere, and they can tell you what to get. They might even have some good quality surplus equipment you might be able to buy. Or maybe they give you some starter ingredients or a recipe for your hubby to try. Worst case, you have a beer and support the local guy.
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So I am trying to put together a start kit capable of brewing larger and also cider. I have had a look at the local websites suggested in this thread but the starter kits seem pretty pricey for a few bits of plastic. As I work in a lab, I can buy this stuff through the Uni (for personal use) for cost + 5%.... but I am unsure about what would be the essential bits of kit.

Can anyone help me buy telling me which bits of kit are absolutely necessary, useful and completely unnecessary?? I'm a bit lost
I cant say much for about cider, but for brewing beer it depends on what type of raw ingredients you use, extract malt or actual grains.

The easiest way (which requires less equipment) is to use extract malt. But either method will need a large pot for boiling the wort, a fermenter for fermenting it, a thermometer and hydrometer for taking measurements and some means of syphoning the fermented liquid into bottles. Dont forget caps if the bottles are not the grolsch type.

Fermenters are usually plastic buckets or glass carboys. You will need an airlock release valve to keep it from exploding.

If you are more advanced, the all grain setup requires 2 additional containers for keeping hot water and for lautering. For each step there are gadgets which are not necessary but you will find them helpful. John Palmers howtobrew.com is amazingly helpful.

I am looking for the Rubbermaid coolers with the spigot at the bottom. You know the ones with gatoraid that the players dump on their coach. Anyone ever seen one here?
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'smuggling'? Don't worry, you're probably allowed to bring them in, up to 20kg, or 300 chf worth. They're vegetables, like say, lettuce, right? ;-)

I probably won't be doing any homebrewing for awhile. I used to get some really nice local hops in Seattle though. I grew them in my garden for awhile, but that was a mistake as they really will grow all over the place....
I grew Cascade in Seattle, and you are right... they can and will take over... plus seems the aphids just love Cascade hops
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Hello

You dont need to collect the bottles, but they will only ship 50 bottles for the cost of of each delivery.

Try contacting them, they have been extremely helpful to me. info@brauundrauchshop.ch

Bügelflaschen can also be used to brew as they are made to refill and therefore they are very stable. There are some types of beer being sold in these standardised bottles available 0.33 and 0.5 l. You just have to pay for the deposit which is 0.50 Fr / Bottle. If you don't need them any more you just bring them back and get back your money.
I used them quite a few times for brewing and it was quite easy
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I have distant memories of my father's home brewing activities. It was not quite on an industrial scale, but still an impressive operation considering it was only for his own and my mother's consumption. He had liquid malt extract delivered in drums from Edme and used a 5 gallon boiler with a custom made thermostat to keep it all at the optimum temperature. The boiler itself was as I remember called "Baby Burco" and was used originally for boiling baby's nappies in the good old days of the Terries nappy. He did it out of "economic necessity" and gave up when the economic situation improved.
I imagine though if he was living in Switzerland in 2012 where you can get a half litre tin of beer from the Landi with 5% alcohol for 55 rappen, he would never have started.
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Hello,

Just arrived in Zurich and bringing with me a serious lust for hoppy beers. I used to homebrew in California and hope to start it up here soon too, but it will probably be a little while before I gather all the equipment since I have other priorities at the moment like furniture to sit on.

Is anyone homebrewing in Zurich and would be interested in letting me stop by and watch/help out?

Also, is there any better place than the Beers of the World store in the hauptbahnhof for selection? Seems to be lacking in American offerings.

Beers!
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Hello,

Just arrived in Zurich and bringing with me a serious lust for hoppy beers. I used to homebrew in California and hope to start it up here soon too, but it will probably be a little while before I gather all the equipment since I have other priorities at the moment like furniture to sit on.

Is anyone homebrewing in Zurich and would be interested in letting me stop by and watch/help out?

Also, is there any better place than the Beers of the World store in the hauptbahnhof for selection? Seems to be lacking in American offerings.

Beers!
-Nick
I got one of these http://www.beermachine.com/ for xmas, so will be starting soon. Seems to be a choice of hundreds of kits on the internet, including some of my favourite UK real ales. I shall experiment and see how it goes.
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Just arrived in Zurich and bringing with me a serious lust for hoppy beers ...

Also, is there any better place than the Beers of the World store in the hauptbahnhof for selection? Seems to be lacking in American offerings.
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You will find a small selection of American beers here
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Hello,

Just arrived in Zurich and bringing with me a serious lust for hoppy beers. I used to homebrew in California and hope to start it up here soon too, but it will probably be a little while before I gather all the equipment since I have other priorities at the moment like furniture to sit on.

Is anyone homebrewing in Zurich and would be interested in letting me stop by and watch/help out?

Also, is there any better place than the Beers of the World store in the hauptbahnhof for selection? Seems to be lacking in American offerings.

Beers!
-Nick
Hi Nick,

I've been trying to convince my hubby to start homebrewing again. He made the best homemade beer back in Canada! He seems to think there isn't enough time now to get it done. Maybe if you would help bottle it, it would be incentive for him to get brewing?
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Awesome! The perfect thread for me.
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Hi Nick,

I've been trying to convince my hubby to start homebrewing again. He made the best homemade beer back in Canada! He seems to think there isn't enough time now to get it done. Maybe if you would help bottle it, it would be incentive for him to get brewing?
YES YES YES! When and where can we start? I prefer weeknights rather than weekends, but if the skiing is no good, I can also set aside precious weekend time.

Maybe we can meet over a beer at your favourite watering hole?
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Hi Nick,

I have been brewing since moving here and tend to produce more hoppy beers than anything. I am in Zurich and I usually brew about once a month pending snowboarding trips and other jaunts. Send me a PM with your info and I will contact you next time I brew.

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