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Old 11-22-2010, 05:10 PM  
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San Jose Homebrewers

So that we don't completely hijack the other thread, I thought it'd be a good idea to continue the growing homebrewing discussion here. What are you brewing right now? How long have you been doing it?

I got started last January when a friend gave me his entire setup. I've brewed 8 or so batches so far and I'm addicted! Right now I have a bock lagering, a wheat IPA fermenting, and a pale ale on tap. My specialty, if you could call it that, is a robust porter. Most of my recipes are either entirely my design, or another recipe that I've altered to suit my tastes.
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Old 11-24-2010, 01:19 PM  
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Currently I have a honey wheat on tap, a brown ale in secondary and an oatmeal stout in secondary. My wife and I have been brewing for almost two years and lately have been brewing quite a bit, especially since our setup keeps growing.
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Old 11-29-2010, 04:11 PM  
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does san jose have a homebrewshop?
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Old 11-29-2010, 04:23 PM  
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I've used Fermentation Solutions in the past. It's not the friendliest outfit and their prices are high, but they're close.

I usually go out of my way to go to MoreBeer in Los Altos. Waaay better prices and service.

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Old 11-29-2010, 07:16 PM  
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I just head up to MoreBeer in Los Altos, or occasionally over to Beer & Wine Makers in San Jose on Brokaw. I like MoreBeer better because of their forum and ning sites.

BTW there is an excellent brew club that is based out of the MoreBeer shop, called Worts of Wisdom. They're a great bunch, and and have been really great, even with people like me who rarely show up due to kid and other activities...
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:17 AM  
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ah yes fermentation solutions defiantly remember hearing about them. and i totally did not know that morebeer was located in Los Altos, let alone california. i have been on there site a few times now. so i guess its time to make a stop to them. that is really splendid!
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Old 11-30-2010, 10:56 AM  
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Another great thing about MoreBeer is that you can buy whole grain and grind it there. It saves a lot of money to grind it yourself, and you can buy just what you need of the specialty malts. They have a huge mill that will grind 20# in a couple of minutes, and they let you grind your grains whenever you want, as long as you bought them there. I usually buy a 55# bag of pale 2-row, and come in before I brew and just grind what I need for the next day.

Fermentation Solutions pre-grinds all of their grains so they're way more expensive.
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Old 12-01-2010, 04:47 PM  
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Have to disagree about the service at Fermentation solutions - they've been super friendly and given loads of really good advice to me. I've been in there asking questions and talking through details for hours and they always have been helpful.
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Old 12-02-2010, 04:46 PM  
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I agree with Buttery. Fermentation Solutions service has always been good. I will agree that they aren't the most friendly people but they are always nice and more than willing to discuss brewing and answer questions.

I think I'll give the place in Los Altos a look though.

Btw, I have a dry-hopped IPA and a porter in the bottle right now. I've been doing this for about 2 years and am still working to get the hang of it but I love it.
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Old 12-07-2010, 03:48 AM  
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well things are looking good when i return to california. i have been looking into starting homebrewing upon thy return...acutally as i finish up my last semester then i will start

but good to know that there are some places to go in an talk to.

for a starter i have been doing my reading and have been wondering. what would you recommend me starting with? buying a HB kit or buying the pieces seperately?
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