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And The Winner Is…..

2011 February 25
by Chris

Wheet Beer will be the official “Wedding Ale,” having won our poll by a mere SEVEN votes!

I began looking up recipes and decided on an great American Wheat Ale recipe that will be very light and mild, but provide some good spiced fruit tones that every good wheat beer should have.  The hops will be light and provide for a very clean finish (I’m drooling already!).

beer brewing ingredients

I went to the store and bought all of my grains, hops and yeast for a total of $28.08!  That’s 5.5 gallons (or over 50 bottles) of beer for only $28.08!  That is less than 56 CENTS per bottle.  Obviously that doesn’t include the propane to heat the burner or the water from the faucet, but that is still a pretty darn good deal.

On every batch after the first one, I will be able to save $5-7 because I will re-use the yeast so I won’t have to buy a new strain every time.  Additionally, I will start ordering the grain in bulk (since we have a lot of beer to make!), which will significantly drive down my cost.  Altogether, every consecutive batch will cost only about 30 cents/bottle!

Making a Yeast Starter

Since we’re brewing on Saturday, I had to make a yeast starter last night.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have any malt extract to use, so I tried this method of brewing a mini-batch of beer to use to get my yeast started. Everything seems to be working great, which is welcome news since it is exactly what I will be doing tomorrow, just on a much larger scale, to actually brew the beer!

mini wort

Steeping a mini-mash to make the yeast starter

grain in funnel

The grain after I collected all of the sugar

yeast starter

The finished yeast starter

If you’re in Chapel Hill tomorrow – stop by!  We’ll be brewing while enjoying some good beer and good music in the garage tomorrow afternoon.  The more the merrier!

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3 Responses
  1. February 25, 2011

    high five friends!!!

  2. March 1, 2011

    Hey guys –

    I’m glad to hear that my crazy old yeast starter idea worked for you – it has gotten me out of a few jams in the past (I never seem to remember to buy dry malt extract!). Thanks for posting the link, and I wish you the best of luck with your brewing and marriage. It is great to see a couple just starting out – I have been married now for 7 years so my “honeymoon” days are long gone and I now have a 2-year-old son running between my legs all day!

    Anyway, I write articles about brewing from time to time, which you can check out at, and you can get updates on all of my current brewing adventures by liking my brewing page at



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