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Old 11-30-2012, 04:39 PM   #11
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Looks like you will have everything you need to start except bottles and capper
Kits are a great starting point. They get you enough stuff to create home brew and let you decide where you want to go from there.
I know allot of brewers that never leave the extract stage which is what you have with this kit. I have even seen them win awards in competition!
But most move on to partial or all grain at some point. Some move back some keep on keeping on. Some do both.
It is all just a matter of where you want to take the hobby/obsession.
Number one rule if you have a question ask, you will always get multiple points of view. There is an important derivative in that statement. -- Brewing is as much art as science, think cooking, we all have access to recipes, most of us like to modify them -- i.e. there is rarely a situation in brewing that there is only one correct way to do it!!!!
Follow the recipe like it says until you start to get comfortable, then start experimenting as you feel.
As many have said 'Relax enjoy -- have a home brew'.

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Old 11-30-2012, 04:39 PM   #12
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is the 5 gallon brew pot simply a carboy? I think i could find one here.

I'll be doing it in the basement. As i let it sit for the couple of weeks that, im not sure, depending on how cold it is outside maybe outside? (i live in northern canada its getting pretty cold here)
No,it's a big kettle you brew your beer in on the stove. In other words,a 20 qt kettle,like a stock pot.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:42 PM   #13
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No,it's a big kettle you brew your beer in on the stove. In other words,a 20 qt kettle,like a stock pot.
Oh, thatll be easier to find. thanks!
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:52 PM   #14
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one more question:
Do i need a carboy? Ive been looking around and see alot of pictures of people's brew in carboys (perhaps fermantation period?) Or do i use the plastic buckets NB provides in the starter kit?

edit: also what are the tubes going from the carboy with beer to buckets used for'?

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Old 11-30-2012, 05:01 PM   #15
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For starters, the bucket is fine. The carboy is for either secondary fermentation (useful when adding fruit or other additives late in the process), or some people use a 6-gallon carboy on a 5-gallon batch, as a primary fermenter. The tubing is called a blowoff tube, and it's basically a bigger version of the normal airlock you got in your kit, except it has room for any foam or krausen (foamy spongey-looking byproduct of fermentation) to go down the tube into the bucket, rather than exploding onto your ceiling.

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Old 11-30-2012, 05:02 PM   #16
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one more question:
Do i need a carboy? Ive been looking around and see alot of pictures of people's brew in carboys (perhaps fermantation period?) Or do i use the plastic buckets NB provides in the starter kit?

edit: also what are the tubes going from the carboy with beer to buckets used for'?
No, you don't need a carboy. You can use the buckets just fine!

The tubes? I'm not sure what you're asking, but if it's some tubing to transfer the beer, it's because once fermentation occurs you must avoid splashing the beer so you don't oxidize it. That's why you always gently siphon the beer.

If you've ever had a "party keg" where air was pumped into the beer and then tried to drink it a few days later, you'll know what happens to beer that is exposed to air!

The Northern Brewer instructions are very good. If you buy a beer ingredient kit from them, and follow them step-by-step, the beer will turn out great. I promise.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:11 PM   #17
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When your beer is finished fermenting....you will use the syphon rack and tubing to transfer the beer from the fermenting bucket to the bottling bucket (bottling bucket has the spout on bottom).....it is in the bucket that you will have added the corn sugar. Then you fill the bottles from the bottling bucket .....

Like someone else said...the NB instructions (DVD) should be retty good....plus there are tons of videos on the net (Youtube, etc...)...and you have this great forum of course

BTW....I think someone mentioned you will need a capper....but I thnk yuour kit includes a capper for putting bottle caps on bottles.....

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Old 11-30-2012, 05:22 PM   #18
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It does come with the capper just need to drink enough beer for the bottles.

Thanks to everyone who has quickly responded to my questions, this forum is awesome to gain knowledge.

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Old 11-30-2012, 05:36 PM   #19
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It does come with the capper just need to drink enough beer for the bottles.

Thanks to everyone who has quickly responded to my questions, this forum is awesome to gain knowledge.
Pop top bottles only, twist offs won't work with the standard caps you'll get.
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Plus,the glass in twist off bottles is thinner. They like to break at the neck. So,oh darn,you'll have to drink some craft beer to get some good pop top bottles. We know it'll just hurt so good,but do it anyway...!!
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