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Old 07-08-2006, 05:47 PM   #1
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Default First brew today. Questions

Allright, I actually posted part of this in another part of the forum but I should have posted it here.
Questions are:
1. The yeast packet I have says "Brewers yeast" and that's it. No ale or lager or anything. Will this work for a brown ale?
Also do I need more than one packet?
2. For a starter should I proof the yeast after rehydrating or not? The howtobrew.com says to proof with sugar, but the joys of homebrewing book says not to. Anyone have an answer to this?


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Old 07-08-2006, 06:00 PM   #2
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there is no need to repost it. one of the mods will move it, if it needs to be moved.

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Yeah I tried to delete my original post but there wasn't an option. A couple other forums I frequent allow for someone to delete the thread. Anyway, sorry bout that.


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Is this an extract only kit? Is it the yeast that came with the can?

I would suggest you buy a yeast that will add flavor and character...

When I used dry yeast I would just pour it into some OJ for a few hours and it would be fine.

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Is this an extract only kit? Is it the yeast that came with the can?

I would suggest you buy a yeast that will add flavor and character...

When I used dry yeast I would just pour it into some OJ for a few hours and it would be fine.
It's an extract brew but not a kit like you would think. Just some extract, yeast and hops. I bought some grains to steep and some finishing hops. I am just going to boil some water and throw the yeast in to hydrate then before I pitch I am going to proof with some regular sugar to make sure it's good.

My local shop has absolutely nothing as far as yeast goes. It's basically coopers brewers yeast. thats it.


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You can order your yeast online or try to find another LHBS
http://www.byo.com/referenceguide/supplydirectory/west.html
is a decent list of them... But superpages.com works better for me...

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You can order your yeast online or try to find another LHBS
http://www.byo.com/referenceguide/supplydirectory/west.html
is a decent list of them... But superpages.com works better for me...
I've already found two really good online places. That's where i bought most of my stuff from. I just got this little tiny "Kit" from this local hippy place.
Well it's smelling nice...although things are taking a bit longer than I expected, which is a good thing. It's chocolatey brown and really nutty smelling. It's almost ready to boil so I need to go check.


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