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Old 12-11-2011, 02:13 AM   #1
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Default Which recipe kit would you recommend for a 1st brew...

Nearing the first brew, last thing to order is pretty much a recipe kit. I have been told that an Ale is the way to go at the start. What kit would recommend (links would be great). I am placing an order with Brewmasters Warehouse so I would prefer to order from there but would consider Midwest supplies. I know it may seem silly but I like how Midwest include instructions with some (all?) of their recipes.

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Old 12-11-2011, 02:26 AM   #2
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what kind of beer do you like? IPA, brown ale? belgian? porter? american ale?

brew what you like. I would suggest a kit with a shorter turn around time - something like a lower Alcohol content IPA so you can drink your results faster. what do you like to drink, then we can move from there.

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Old 12-11-2011, 02:31 AM   #3
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I wouldn't use a kit at all. I think kits can be largely overpriced. Try the classic Charlie Papazian book. It will give you tons of ideas and explain everything you need to do in order to "relax and have a homebrew"

Papazian really makes it fun.

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Kits may be over priced, but I think they are a great way to brew a first batch. Mine was a red ale - lower alcohol, quick turn-around, but it was pretty boring. I agree with Runningwierd: a lower alcohol IPA or pale ale.
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No way...a pale is boring...If the brewer can utilize good temperature control a Weiss beer or dopplebock would be way more rewarding...I mean come on...If you nail a good doppebock it's downright ambrosia.

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No way...a pale is boring...If the brewer can utilize good temperature control a Weiss beer or dopplebock would be way more rewarding...I mean come on...If you nail a good doppebock it's downright ambrosia.
But if you don't nail it.... bleah.

I say keep it simple - a pale is good, a brown ale is probably even better - fast and you can cover up a few errors with the dark malts.

Don't expect perfection your first time out - and have fun.
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But if you don't nail it.... bleah.

I say keep it simple - a pale is good, a brown ale is probably even better - fast and you can cover up a few errors with the dark malts.

Don't expect perfection your first time out - and have fun.
Agreed. I might go so far as suggesting a porter or a stout. Steeping grains is simple and roasty grains can really hide a lot of beginner problems. For a first batch you need something passable or you won't stick with it. This one is just to get you hooked, work out the kinks later.
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Something like one of these (I'm assuming you are starting with extract - if not there are some nice partial and all grain kits here too):
Emma's Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains : Northern Brewer

Or with Saint Patty's day on the horizon....

Dry Irish Stout Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains : Northern Brewer

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No way...a pale is boring...If the brewer can utilize good temperature control a Weiss beer or dopplebock would be way more rewarding...I mean come on...If you nail a good doppebock it's downright ambrosia.
I'm sorry, but I don't feel pale ales are boring at all. To each his own. This is a first time brewer. I feel it is better to keep it simple and just get through the process and have a decent beer to drink when finished: pale ales, IPAs, brown ales, and porters do that.

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Thanks for all the input. My personal preference is for stouts. That being said, I was more looking for something I could reasonably pull off in a first brew, something with headroom for errors. I look forward to gaining some experiences but just not there yet

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