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Old 10-04-2012, 03:27 PM   #1
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Well i got my stuff from Midwest over the weekend. I ordered the big starter kit w carboy. I am worried though as the recipe I got was the Irish Stout (love stouts) and I was not thinking that it would be as advanced as it is. I think I'll need to re-read some of the chapters in Palmers book!

I am very excited to start though that is for sure!!!

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Ask your questions and I'm sure the brewmasters on this forum will get you through. I can't imagine it is too complicated for you. Good luck, happy brewing, and welcome!

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Old 10-04-2012, 03:34 PM   #3
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I don't think there is anything special or difficult in making an Irish Stout as compared to the majority of beers out there. The process is pretty much always the same. The big difference with Stouts is that they use roasted malts to get the dark color and roast flavor. The process is the same.

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Thank you! Just wish I had the time to start it this weekend!!! Maybe I'll stay up tonight and get it going.... Would like to have it ready for Thanksgiving/Xmas.

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Good preparation is important and it sounds like you're on the right track. Definitely post any questions you have about the process.

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Thank you! Just wish I had the time to start it this weekend!!! Maybe I'll stay up tonight and get it going.... Would like to have it ready for Thanksgiving/Xmas.
This is my advice, take it for what it's worth.

My experience is that rushing into a brew with short time allowed causes errors. If you feel you have the process understood, then go for it. I'd want to step through the process once ahead of time, pretending to transfer water, chill wort, etc. just to make sure.

Nothing worse than finding out you are missing something, or didn't do something right and next thing you know it's 3 am and you have a mess to clean up.

Don't get me wrong, brewing is not hard, but that first time can be a little crazy.
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My goal today is to write out my instructions so i am familiar with them. Think that will help me mentally prepare!

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This is my advice, take it for what it's worth.

My experience is that rushing into a brew with short time allowed causes errors. If you feel you have the process understood, then go for it. I'd want to step through the process once ahead of time, pretending to transfer water, chill wort, etc. just to make sure.

Nothing worse than finding out you are missing something, or didn't do something right and next thing you know it's 3 am and you have a mess to clean up.

Don't get me wrong, brewing is not hard, but that first time can be a little crazy.
This, its also good to write out steps even if you know what they are. I cant tell you the number of times i have my mash tun going, and i decide to go do something else...then get back as it ends and realize I forgot to heat batch sparge water...its harder to fall into these traps with extract since there isnt many points where you can walk away for extended durations, but still go through it in your head.
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This, its also good to write out steps even if you know what they are. I cant tell you the number of times i have my mash tun going, and i decide to go do something else...then get back as it ends and realize I forgot to heat batch sparge water...its harder to fall into these traps with extract since there isnt many points where you can walk away for extended durations, but still go through it in your head.
This crazy crap still happens to me. Mash in. Ok, time to pour a glass and check HBT, or go do some other thing and 60 minutes later...


Ooops. No hot water for sparging. Or I forget to check preboil gravity and pH, or some other thing.

Extract is much more forgiving, but still, it pays to prepare.

Good luck!
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How much time should I assume my first batch will take? I am using Extract.

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