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Old 10-12-2009, 05:13 PM   #1
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Default About to start my first batch...any advice?

So to be quite honest i'm a little scared to start my first batch of beer, only because i learn more about the process with every little bit of information i read. Does anyone have any advice for the first timer, maybe what a lot of people forget or overlook about the process or what messes alot of people up.

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Old 10-12-2009, 05:14 PM   #2
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Relax. Don't get frustrated or worried if something doesn't go exactly according to plan. It will still probably turn out OK.

Much like a wedding, your first batch of homebrew will inevitably involve some kind of mistake(s) being made, but that's ok just use it as a tool to learn how to improve things for next time.

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Old 10-12-2009, 05:15 PM   #3
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Don't take it too seriously.
Take it easy.
Make sure you sanitize well.
Just follow whatever instructions you have and you'll be fine.
Have fun!

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Old 10-12-2009, 05:16 PM   #4
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My advice is read everything in the FAQ section on this site. There's a staggering amount of information there alone, not to mention the rest of this forum. But, the sticky posts in mosts of the forums here on HBT can answer 90% of your questions. The other 10% can probably be answered by using the search feature.

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Old 10-12-2009, 05:19 PM   #5
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yeh i mean sometimes it just helps to have personalized answers but i agree im an idiot i should stop posting so much and start reading...

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1. Be cool. Nearly every mistake I've made was due to rushing things or freaking out (even if just a little).

2. Be prepared. Nearly every other mistake I've made was because I lit the fire before I took that little bit of extra time to get things ready. Preparation includes education, sanitation, knowing what your equipment is (and, to some extent, how to use it), and some degree of mis en place (i.e., putting things in their place - getting your ingredients and gear ready to go).

3. Be sober (at least for the first few batches or until you feel very comfortable). The rest of the mistakes I've made were because I got too far into my beer before I got far enough into my brewing.

4. Be realistic. You will make at least one mistake. Very likely, you will make many. Drive on.

5. Be a secretary. Take good notes on what you did (or did not do), so you learn from the mistakes you make.

6. Have fun!


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5 replies and nobody's said it yet??

Relax.

Don't worry.

Have a homebrew.

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It's his first batch. He ain't got no homebrew, yet!


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ya, brewcast!!!

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yeh i mean sometimes it just helps to have personalized answers but i agree im an idiot i should stop posting so much and start reading...
I wasn't implying this at all! Sorry if I came across this way. I was just pointing out the stupid amount of information here. It really is a stupid amount of information..... but by all means..ask questions!
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