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Old 06-15-2009, 10:22 PM   #1
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Default About to purchase my supplies, looking for advice

Well, as the title states I'm about to go order the first of my supplies I'll need to start learning how to homebrew, there isn't really a homebrew store near me (Livingston, NJ) So I'm going to need to rely on the information I can gather to learn where and where not to order from. I'm picking up an aluminum 30qt stock pot(from what I've read, aluminum should work assuming some precautions are taken, and I cant afford SS right now) and the brewing starter kit from midwest supplies (found here. I'll probably go with the "better bottle" than the glass carboy though. I have a copy of "Extreme Brewing", which I know isn't the best place to begin. Are there any books and/or websites you recommend I'd take a look at while learning? And tips/suggestions for me? thanks!

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Old 06-15-2009, 10:33 PM   #2
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I recommend this website.

For books, I recommend "How to Brew" by John Palmer (see the web version here) and "Brewing Classic Styles" by Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer. Both are great and will teach you how to make great beer, via extract or all-grain.

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In addition to those recommended above, try 'Designing Great Beers' by Ray Daniels...

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Get a copy of "Joy of Home Brewing" by Charlie Papazian. Sounds like you are on the right track, welcome to the hobby.

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+1 on both of the above too! (Except I don't actually have the Ray Daniels book)

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can't really add much to this, but as a relative n00b myself all I can say is visit this site daily, use the search, and post questions if you have them. In addition, read the books already suggested by Palmer and Papazian.

Otherwise the equipment you're buying is right on to get started easily so it's just a matter of getting the hang of what you're doing and then actually doing it. You'll find that it isn't as hard as it sounds and as soon as you finish your first brew you'll be itching to start your second.

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Dave, in my humble and very noobish opinion, I think that you are on the right track. You have a great idea of what to look at, what you need and what to be cautious of.

Get brewing!!

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+1 on Palmer's "How To Brew", especially because you can read it online for free. I read it three times before I brewed even once, and my first batch came out OK!

Ray Daniels' "Designing Great Recipes" was a good read, even though it was way over my head the first time I read it. It's become a bathroom book for me, and I've now read it three times through... consequently, I've only ever followed 2 or 3 recipes that I haven't designed on my own (not counting the Mr. Beer stuff I started on).

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+1 for the How to Brew by Palmer.
I've been doing all grain for some time now, but I still re-read it from time to time.

and Midwest Supplies does a great job. I haven't had any trouble with any of the purchases I've made from them

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can't really add much to this, but as a relative n00b myself all I can say is visit this site daily, use the search, and post questions if you have them. In addition, read the books already suggested by Palmer and Papazian.

Otherwise the equipment you're buying is right on to get started easily so it's just a matter of getting the hang of what you're doing and then actually doing it. You'll find that it isn't as hard as it sounds and as soon as you finish your first brew you'll be itching to start your second.

I did these exact same things and just put my 1st brew into Primary last weekend. Palmers book "How to Brew" is great, this site and the people here are great, the customer service at Midwest is great.....This should be all you need to get started. Have fun!!!
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