From the HBD Archive
From: (John DeCarlo )
Subject: Novice Questions
Date: 1990-01-25 19:35:40 GMT

>Date: Wed, 24 Jan 90 17:03:38 -0500
>From: William P. Taylor <wpt@cwns5.INS.CWRU.Edu>
>Subject: WARNING: Novice Alert
> I've been following this DIgest for a couple of months, and
>having never brewed anything in my life (intentionally that is) I've
>developed a few questions.
>1. What/Who is Pappazian and Zymurgy?? I see these names a lot in
> the DIgest and it seems they are beer gurus.

Charlie Papazian is many things to the homebrewing community. He is
president of the American Homebrewers Association. He also wrote
_The_Complete_Joy_Of_Homebrewing_, a classic text on the subject.

_zymurgy_ is the magazine of the American Homebrewers Association,
so it has lots of good articles on home brewing.

>2. How long does it take to brew a batch of beer?? Step-by-step
> if possible.

Well, roughly speaking you clean all your equipment (I let it sit
in a bleach solution about an hour for sanitizing).

Then if you brew from extract (not all-grain) like me, it takes
about two hours or so (it takes a long time on one burner to get
3 or more gallons of water to boil for one thing). The wort will
boil for an hour or so of this time.

Then you get the hot wort chilled and in the fermenter and get yeast
added. This can take a long time or a short time, depending on the
method you use (wort chillers take roughly half an hour or so, other
methods may take longer).

Then your beer ferments a week or two, depending on the yeast activity
(I spend half an hour or so racking the beer from the primary fermenter
to the secondary after a few days, plus time to sanitize the secondary

Just before bottling or kegging, you prime the beer to get the yeast
to carbonate it for you. This involves a little time to boil the half
pint of water. Then I spend some more minutes siphoning the wort back
to the primary fermenter, just to get a little less sludge in my beer.
Then you mix in the priming solution and get ready to bottle/keg.

Up until this point there is very little investment in time :-)

Unless you keg (not me, yet), you have to bottle your beer.
This can take hours, but there are ways to speed it up. Bottle
fillers help. Using large bottles (2 quart plastic soda bottles,
for example) helps.

>3. What kind of price advantages are there?

Well, the cheapest batch I have made (2 cases) cost me roughly $12.
For other batches, especially if using a kit, I have spent up to
$28 (hops, kit, extract, grains, etc.). Of course this doesn't
take into account the time you spend or the equipment costs.

I understand that you can get the costs down even lower using all-grain.

John "Still, at $1.50 to $3.25 per six pack, it can be a *lot*
cheaper than imported beer" DeCarlo

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