Spirits Club

Dec 22, 2007 Full story: www.semissourian.com 9

St. Mark's Spirits Club members, from left, Ken Green, Steven Hoffman and Fred Grabel, bottled their brew in Grabel's garage.

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fxpwt

United States

#1 Dec 22, 2007
Way to go!

Brewing beer is an art, even if it's from a kit. There's just something about consuming something made by one's own hands. And, in the case of brewing beer, it's another thing to clean up any boilovers :-)~

Certainly isn't done as a cost savings - the average price per bottle is at best equal to the commercial fare. But somehow, the homebrew just tastes better. Thanks to President Carter for legalizing this in 1978.

This reminds me so much of what my father and grandfather used to take me to as a young'un - regular local group gatherings where some task was at hand - a pot of stew, a BBQ, etc - where the real purpose was to get together and catch up.
Melange

Saint Louis, MO

#2 Dec 23, 2007
"Spirits Club's second rule, after No Girls Allowed"

Ah, come on...I bet the ladies would let the men join the knitting or quilting clubs! hehe
Melange

Saint Louis, MO

#3 Dec 23, 2007
Seriously, it is fun to gather a group of folks to enjoy conversation and make memories.

When I lived in Des Moines, a group of friends got together to bake cookies and make holiday candies every year. We included the kids, despite the charm of their inexperience (very ugly cookies). hehe

I had friends who used to gather a huge crowd for the MO-NE game, everyone brought jars, apples and cider. We made a huge kettle of apple butter every year.

Never had the pleasure of tasting homemade beer...hope it is better than some of the homemade wine I have tasted. LOL
fxpwt

United States

#4 Dec 23, 2007
Brewing beer is not a great deal different than fermenting wine. Some of the equipment used is the same between the two processes.

I prefer the dry kits that have everything needed. Some brewing purists go so far as to grind their own grains. Ugh!

Haven't had a 'bad' beer, just that some were less palatable than others. It's an experience to try different kinds.

Of course, if the equipment and process is not kept CLEAN, the beer can spoil, but I hear tell this is pretty obvious by its unmistakable skunky taste.

It's a neat process to go through - from the cooking process where one has to be diligent about hitting the right temperature for a rolling boil but not a boilover, to the fermentation process where the airlock percolates away as it releases the CO2 gas - ooooh, global warming :-)-to the bottling process (some use the 5 gallon soda kegs for draught beer), the long 30-day or so wait for the aging, and then finally being able to sample the results.

Usually comes out to about $0.50 -$0.60 per bottle.
melange

Saint Louis, MO

#5 Dec 23, 2007
Wow, I had NO idea! I might be a bit impatient for the process! For example, I can sew pretty well (thanks mom), but I know better than to start a project that will demand more than 2 hours to complete. LOL On the other hand, I love to bake and can get lost in the kitchen for hours.(Just have to refrain because of the high calories.)
fxpwt

United States

#6 Dec 23, 2007
Eh, just a little bit of a sensitive area that I wished to make clear, even if it wasn't unclear.

My perception of the general public view of homebrewing is that of a bunch of lying-down-drunk alcoholics trying to get a cheap buzz on the sly.

Homebrewing or, I supppose in the case of wine, home-fermenting - involves a lot of work and isn't so cheap as most might perceive.

I guarantee that if one wants to swill a 6-pack or whatever amount only for the cheap buzz, it won't be with something that takes the amount of effort, dollar cost, and time as that required for homebrewed products.

And - good things come to those who can wait! er, weight?:-)
melange

Saint Louis, MO

#7 Dec 23, 2007
OMG...You are such a funny man!(I'd better be careful or Portbartender will tell us to get a room again! LMAO)

Okay, going to admit something that is "not pretty" LOL! I can be a bit judgemental initially, but I never thought of "homebrewing is that of a bunch of lying-down-drunk alcoholics trying to get a cheap buzz on the sly." And I'm not much of a "drinker" these days.(Not saying a good buzz doesn't sound like fun, just don't do it very often anymore. Perhaps, because I don't like to drink alone. hehe)
Mommalolo

Lutz, FL

#8 Dec 24, 2007
Home brew is a quality experience. Unfortunately, can only brew in winter and then not always successfully because of our temp changes. Still some stuff I brewed is better than some of the German brews I've tried. What a treat.
Cousin Ed

Lake Saint Louis, MO

#9 Dec 10, 2012
Well well if the alkys don't get to make it at home. What's this world coming to?

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