New brewer who doesn't like beer

New brewer who doesn't like beer

Post by David Dyer-Benn » Sat, 17 Jul 1993 07:21:42



I've been playing for years with the idea of doing some brewing; I think I'm
getting closer and closer to the edge.  I have one minor problem:  I don't
like beer.  I *am* very fond of hard cider, and of some of the meads I've had.
I generally get the impression that these things are regarded as more advanced
brewing projects.  Any truth to this rumor?  I suspect, at least, that there
are fewer books and kits that address my interest, I'm more likely to have to
dive straight into the real thing.

So, any pointers to FAQ, mail-order suppliers, local suppliers
(Minneapolis-St. Paul), local cider mills, good books, etc. would be
appreciated.

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New brewer who doesn't like beer

Post by Steve Bernhol » Sun, 18 Jul 1993 01:10:32


: So, any pointers to FAQ, mail-order suppliers, local suppliers
: (Minneapolis-St. Paul), local cider mills, good books, etc. would be
: appreciated.

Look in the phone book for the number, but The James(?) Paige Brewery is in
one of those two cities, not a bad source.

 
 
 

New brewer who doesn't like beer

Post by John DeCar » Sun, 18 Jul 1993 01:39:16




Quote:
>I have one minor problem:  I don't like beer.  I *am* very fond of hard
>cider, and of some of the meads I've had. I generally get the impression
>that these things are regarded as more advanced brewing projects.  Any
>truth to this rumor?

Some thoughts:

1) You *may* like beer, at least some styles.  If you don't like the
Budmilloors swill, join just about everyone else reading this.  OTOH, if you
have tried some really good microbrews/homebrews/imports and know that you
don't like stouts or porters or IPAs or bitters or koelsches or weizens or
fruit or spice beers, then you have at least tried.

2) I haven't made cider, but it seems to me that mead and cider can be
easier to make than beer.  You don't need to boil as long, if at all, for
instance.

3) You probably want to avoid kits for these.  Try to find good quality
honey from beekeepers or health-food stores or good quality apple juice/
cider (unfermented).  Once you do this, you just add yeast and a little
nutrient/whatever and wait.  Mead does require waiting longer than beer.

John DeCarlo, MITRE Corporation, McLean, VA--My views are my own

 
 
 

New brewer who doesn't like beer

Post by John DeCar » Sun, 18 Jul 1993 01:45:40


Oops, I forgot to mention that there are two mailing lists of interest, the

Cider Digest, to get on the list mail to:


and the

Mead Lover's Digest:


John DeCarlo, MITRE Corporation, McLean, VA--My views are my own

 
 
 

New brewer who doesn't like beer

Post by Paul A. La » Sun, 18 Jul 1993 02:15:20


If I were you, I'd give mead a try. It's cheaper to make than beer
and has its own character. Last time I was up, the yellow pages
revealed several home brew shops in the twin cities. Take a Satuday
afternoon and explore!

Mead is quite ***ic and takes time. That much said, it's worth
the effort. (I have one nearing its bottling that is around 14%
*** content.)

Paul