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Monday, 11 April 2011

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Beer and cigars have not always have been the perfect duo, but in the words of Bob Dylan, the times are a-changing. It’s now much more acceptable to crack open a can of beer when you light up a cigar; the hiss of a can-opening and the click of a lighter are as comfortable in each other’s company as old friends.

They are a dynamic duo with a special bond, both concerned with precise flavours, delicate combinations, and layers of sensation. But it can be hard to find the perfect match - there’s not necessarily a Robin to every Batman, a Goose to every Maverick. So why not take the power into your own hands and make a beer to suit your favourite cigar? Cheap, simple and fun, home-brewing is the perfect hobby for any cigar lover, guaranteeing barrels of laughter and tax-free booze. Just follow our beginner’s guide to home-brewing, and you’ll be one step closer to finding that perfect match...

First things first, you need to buy your ingredients. Depending on how adventurous you’re feeling, you can either buy a ready-made kit, or put your culinary skills to the test and knock up your own concoction. If you’re buying the ingredients separately, you’re shopping list will consist of malt extract, hops, specialty grains and yeast.  And if you’re feeling really confident, you can experiment with other ingredients like molasses, liquorice and herbal teas. If you’re a fan of full bodied, spicy cigars try using grains which will sweeten your ale, or for lighter, more refreshing cigars brew up your own wheat-based beer.

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Once you’ve chosen your recipe, you need to get your equipment together. There’s an endless list of items you can use to create your home brewery, but we’ve put together a list of seven key pieces you’ll need to get started. They don’t cost a lot, and with a bit of improvisation there’s a number of novel ways to keep the cost down.

Item 1: Brewpot: The first thing you’ll need is a large pot to brew your beer in. Ideally, it needs to be made from stainless steel or enamel coated metal. Copper works too, and is often favoured by commercial breweries, but it’s a bit pricey for the average home brewing kit. You might already have something at home that will do the job - just make sure it doesn’t have any chips in otherwise you’re ale will end up tasting more queer than beer.  The size of the pot depends on how much beer you want to brew, but you’ll need to leave extra space for the foam that’s created when you start heating up your concoction.

Item 2: Fermenter: This is the one piece of equipment you can’t fashion from toilet rolls and yoghurt pots. A purpose-built fermenter is absolutely necessary - and if it’s not right, you’re beer won’t be either. Again, the size depends on how much alcohol you want to make, but you should aim for a fermenter that can hold at least 7 gallons of your best home brew. It needs to be made of food-grade plastic to stop anything nasty seeping into your beer, and the lid needs to be one-hundred percent air-tight. You can pick up a fermenter for about $12 so it won’t break the bank, but it is worth buying a good one - especially when you factor in all the free beer!






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+2 # RE: Brew it Yourself: A Beer And A SmokeWilly P. 2011-04-11 19:14
I get so tired of people thinking you have to drink a certian something so you can enjoy your cfigar. I gt asked often what is best to drink by somone new to "real", cigars. I mean premium smokes not black and milds! I ask them what thier favorite drink is and to try that with the cigar first. If your favorite drink is ice water, go for it! I myself prefer a good draft beer. But if all I can get is a Natural light, I will drink that. I get tol smoke at work at times and beer is not allowed when you have weapons at hand. I drink a frozen Pepsi or the suck. Nothing is more satisfeing than a damn good cigar after a good lunch (or any meal). So all you BOTL's just enjoy thsat cigar with what ever you enjoy!

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0 # Draftsharpeink 2013-11-07 21:15
Really 8)

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