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Old 08-16-2010, 06:06 PM   #1
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Default Do you love IPA? Do you want to brew your first beer?

I recently had a co-worker who wanted to get into brewing. She loves IPA and double IPA. She also wanted to get her feet wet with the absolute minimum investment without sacrificing the beer quality too much.

Here is what I put together...

First, you will need to buy some equipment. You can't get around this. Here is my absolute bare bones equipment list. Others may use less, but in my opinion, if you can't stomach this investment, it isn't worth making crappy beer.

If you are relatively sure you will stay in the hobby for a long time, I suggest my more expensive but better investment kit here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/blogs/bo...ggestions.html

So here is what you will need to brew your first double IPA:

1ea. http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...arter-kit.html
1ea. http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/star-san.html
1ea. http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...g-18-x-32.html
1ea. http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...ap-s-1-oz.html
total: $125.47 plus shipping and/or taxes

you will also need:
a kettle large enough to boil at least 3 gallons
another kettle that can hold at least 2 gallons
a stirring spoon

If you don't have a kettle, this is a good cheap option: http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...ss-kettle.html

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Second, you need to get your ingredients. This thread is for a clone of Gordon double IPA by Oscar Blues Brewing Company and the recipe comes from "Can You Brew It?" a Brewing Network Show. The recipe was formulated by some of the best homebrewers in the business.


http://thebrewingnetwork.com/shows/535

Here is the list of ingredients you need, I suggest Northern Brewer. If you bring it to a store, the workers should be able to get everything for you. If you are ordering online, you should be able to find everything. Make sure the grain is milled. DME stands for Dry Malt Extract.

Ingredients:
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MALTS
4.00 lb DME Dark Traditional (Briess) (8.0 SRM)
3.50 lb DME Golden Light (Briess) (4.0 SRM)
0.70 lb Munich Liquid Extract [Boil for 15 min]
0.90 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM)
0.70 lb CaraMalt - 30/37L (Simpsom) (34.0 SRM)
2.5 grams Pale Chocolate Malt (Thomas Fawcett) (200 SRM)

HOPS
2.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (Dry Hop 3 days)
0.70 oz Northern Brewer [8.50 %] (80 min)
3.40 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (10 min)

YEAST
1 Pkgs Safale US-05 Ale Yeast (Fermentis #US-05Yeast-Ale)

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Third, brew it. I have attached a zip file with step by step instructions for brewing this beer. It has everything a beginner needs including the steps almost always glossed over in instructions. My co-worker brewed this last night and said everything went really well and the directions were easy to follow.

Use the directions like a checklist and notes page to keep track of the day. I recommend having about 5+ hours free to do your first beer. That time will decrease a TON once you know what you are doing, but the first time always takes forever and you really don't want to be rushed. Have fun and try not to drink too much!

I figured there are a lot of people who could benefit from this. If you have any questions ask away!!!

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Old 08-16-2010, 06:16 PM   #2
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Good writeup.

How about offering the use of your equipment to brew with (either loan her the stuff, or have her come over and you two can brew together) before she makes the investment?

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She wanted to do it herself and plans to brew more. She just didn't want to spend $500.00 to start. The above list is what she purchased and said it went well. She called a few times with questions, but for people reading this, there is always chat.

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Sweet writeup. Seriously, you need to go into the brew journalism field, my friend.

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It's been a long time since I've used liquid extract but I don't like the look of that 0.7lbs of munich LME. Doesn't it come in containers bigger than that? I don't know if it's a good idea for beginners just starting out to have leftover LME after the brew. If I'm missing something let me know and I'll shut up.

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It comes in 3# containers, so they have to measure (or guess). Meh, if measuring is too hard ...

I would just toss the left over LME.

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Toss the LME? Blasphemy! I thought you were targeting people who are trying to be economical!

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Or save it and toss it later... like left overs after dinner out You can save it if you want.

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How about use it for topping ice cream?..

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Or your significant other's ... wait.

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