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Old 01-23-2012, 04:23 PM   #1
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Hi guys I got bought a youngs brew kit for Christmas I am really interested in brewing my own beer but when I done everything it said to do, which took about 22 days the brew was really cloudy and tasted foul it was a lager kit was just wondering if anyone could give me advice on a nice easy 1 to start me of? I don't use hops and stuff as I don't know enough about them yet but I buy the can of malt extract which has a yeast packet inside aswell some people suggested coopers?? Thanks Nathan

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Old 01-23-2012, 04:40 PM   #2
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I would give "how to brew" a read. search for it in google, its a free online book and contains great info. I would suggest getting an extract kit from you local homebrew shop or a close online vendor. Make sure the kit is malt extract not just sugar and water. The sugar/water kits seem to produce poor results for people.
Also as for the kit instruction many of them are not very good directions, use the info you learn from reading Palmers book and ask questions here if you are unsure of somthing.

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Old 01-23-2012, 04:45 PM   #3
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Ok thanks are the malt extract kits ok for beginners? And have you got any suggestions on a kind? I like lager?? Thanns

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Old 01-23-2012, 04:50 PM   #4
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Reading how to brew should be your first step, IMHO. Brewing a lager is going to require temperature control that is probably best saved for a brew other than your first. I would suggest brewing an ale for your first. Here is a kit that comes with everything you'll need. This is a common kit, often times carried in local home brew stores.

http://www.monsterbrew.com/Prod_AmberKit.cfm

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Old 01-23-2012, 04:51 PM   #5
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yes, if you can cook mac and cheese you can brew extract. As for the kind just pick a type of beer that you like. Lagers are a bit more difficult because you need to ferment cold (aound 50F) and control fermetation temeratures for it to turn out any good. I would start with an ale kit for thoes reasons.

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Old 01-23-2012, 04:54 PM   #6
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A real lager brews at lower temps,& is a bit more involved to make. A light pale ale would be easier & quicker at this point. Or just a straight up extract pale ale kit. Go to; http://http://www.midwestsupplies.com/
Or; http://http://www.northernbrewer.com/
They have many different extract kits that are quite good.
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:03 PM   #7
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I'm quiet young and Havnt tried many ales I like bitter such as boddingtons and light beers are any similar to that sorry to be a pain lol

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Old 01-23-2012, 05:05 PM   #8
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When you say "young" Your drinking age right? These guys can get in trouble for helping a minor

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Sure, try a pale ale like unionrdr suggested, they are typically a more bitter beer.

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Another question hops and malt extracts do you just put them into the bucket or do you have to melt them or what that's why I Havnt used them yet because I don't want to waste a lot of money on hops and stuff that I don't know how to use lol

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