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Greetings from Czech republic

PostPosted: 29. Nov 2015 11:32
by Skrabak
Hello,

i´m going to study in Akureyri from January to June 2016. As a homebrewer (since 2013) and beer enthusiast i would like to make a contact with icelandig homebrewers. Also i´m going to visit as many brewereries as i can and taste their brews. For example Kaldi and Einstok.

If you are interested, please let me know at:
email: dolensky.pavel@gmail.com
fb page of my brewery : https://www.facebook.com/pivovarskrabak/
my fb page: https://www.facebook.com/pavel.dolensky
or here :)

Also we´re creating homebrew/homebrew shop map (homebrewmap.com). Some people are using it to visit fellow homebrewers or find new ones.

Thank you for your time.
Pavel

ps: sorry for writing in english, but in íslenska i´m able to say only bjór

Re: Greetings from Czech republic

PostPosted: 29. Nov 2015 11:55
by æpíei
Welcome to Fágun. I hope your stay in Akureyri will be enjoyable. There are a few homebrewers up north and hopefully they will get in touch. In addition to the breweries you mention there is a brand new brewery up in Siglufjörður called Segull 67 and there is Gæðingur in Skagafjörður, about an hour away. You probably already know that Kaldi specializes in brewing Czech style beers so you'll be right at home visiting them.

I would be interesting to hear more about homebrewing in Czech republic. What is it like? Do you mostly brew traditional beer or are you into some of the more adventurous beer styles?

Re: Greetings from Czech republic

PostPosted: 29. Nov 2015 12:33
by Skrabak
Thank you, i didn´t know about these two. Another item on my bucket list.

In Czech we brew everything, not only our traditional lager. Yesterday, there were a homebrew competitions. 60% from 70 brews was APA, the rest belongs to witbier and dark lager (only 3 categories in this competition). It´s usualy harder to brew good lager than ale.

Also we have some troubles with law.
We have to inform customs every year, that we will brew. You can brew only 200 liters in household per year and file your brew list for 10 years. The brew list must contain your name, id number, place, etc.
Ofcourse we can´t sell beer and it´s not completely ok to give it somebody as a present.

Re: Greetings from Czech republic

PostPosted: 10. Jan 2016 19:55
by Skrabak
So i´ve already tasted few beers. They were good, but i´m starting with the low prices ones. So i think it will be better :)

The biggest suprise for me is the price. How much does the beer brewed at home cost you guys?

Re: Greetings from Czech republic

PostPosted: 11. Jan 2016 12:52
by einaroskarsson
Depends mostly on the amount of hops used and which type of yeast you go for. A moderately hopped pale ale fermented with dry yeast would typically cost around 4500 kr for a 20 L batch (60x330 ml bottles) or 75 kr/bottle. If you opt for pitching liquid yeast packages you can add roughly 2000 kr to the sum. Hops vary from 600-1500 kr per 100 grams.

Try browsing the "Hráefni" tabs at these retailers (located in the Reykjavik area I'm afraid)
http://www.brew.is/oc/Ingredients
http://bjorkjallarinn.is/heim-2/malt/
http://aman.is/Vorur/Bjor/

Small dictionary:
Korn - Grains; Humlar - Hops; Ger - Yeast; Uppskriftir - Recipes; Bætiefni - Additives; Krydd - Spices.

Re: Greetings from Czech republic

PostPosted: 11. Jan 2016 17:46
by Funkalizer
The last two batches I made cost me under 3000, each.

One was a Vienna/Simcoe SMaSH (so a pale ale), fermented with liquid yeast.
The other was a Southern English Brown ale, fermented with liquid yeast.

The trick was buying the grain during the discount bonanza late last year.
I make all-grain yeast starters to grow my yeast which marginalizes the yeast cost once the liquid yeast has been bought.

So using all/most of the tricks in the book you can get a bottle of beer for as low as 60 ISK...

...which allows you to spend ridiculous amount of money on equipment ;)

Re: Greetings from Czech republic

PostPosted: 11. Jan 2016 20:38
by hrafnkell
You should be able to go as low as 2000kr per batch in ingredients... 50gr hops, 5kg barley and a packet of yeast is all it takes (plus equipment :)) Could go lower by reusing yeast, a little less barley and less hops. Depends on what you want to brew.

Re: Greetings from Czech republic

PostPosted: 11. Jan 2016 23:09
by Skrabak
Thanks a lot! :)

It´s not that bad, i thought it will be worse. Can you buy grains, hops etc. online?

In Czech it´s possible to brew a quiet ordinary beer (0,5l) for 25 ISK. Ofcourse it depends on the recipe and how you can reuse yeast.

Re: Greetings from Czech republic

PostPosted: 12. Jan 2016 09:01
by hrafnkell
Skrabak wrote:Thanks a lot! :)

It´s not that bad, i thought it will be worse. Can you buy grains, hops etc. online?

In Czech it´s possible to brew a quiet ordinary beer (0,5l) for 25 ISK. Ofcourse it depends on the recipe and how you can reuse yeast.


Sure, I own brew.is and ship anywhere. Just email me at brew@brew.is if you need help.

Re: Greetings from Czech republic

PostPosted: 7. Mar 2016 00:18
by Skrabak
Hi,

on friday there was a meeting in Akureyri Backpackers pub with brewmaster from Borg. It was awesome. They gave us 5 beer to taste and told us something about it.
1. Úlfrún Nr. 34 - Session IPA
2. Magðalena Nr.41 - Imperial wit
3. Skúli Nr.39 - Red ale with cumin
4. Hrefna Nr.40 - Belgian Strong Pale Ale
5. Garún Nr. 19.1 - Imperial stout

According to untappd I´ve already managed to taste 27 beers from Iceland, mostly good ones :)

PS: I´ve circa 20 0,33 botles, does anybody need them or should I just return them.