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Old 11-09-2010, 10:34 PM   #1
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Hey guys I've started to research into making my own beer. I'm a chemical engineering student so I figured this would be a decent project in my spare time. So far what I've decided on is using 60L Crystal Malt, Spalt Hops, and White Labs Irish Ale Yeast as the base. I was wondering is there anyway to make beers micro-scale? I would love to be able to tinker at lower cost and then move up to macro.

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Old 11-09-2010, 10:39 PM   #2
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You can make beers at all volumes. Many on this forum make 1 or two gallon batches frequently. You just need to adjust your ingredients of course.

you might consider downloading the free 30 day trial of www.beersmith.com

this will help you adjust your ingredients to whatever volume you want

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Old 11-09-2010, 10:41 PM   #3
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You need to use a base malt like 2row or 6row or wheat or Munich or Vienna.
Crystal malt are known as "specialty" grain that are used to provide flavor and aroma or color, not fermentable sugars.
I however suggest you to use liquid(LME) or dry malt extract(DME) instead of grains, for your first attempt.
You can also make like 2gals of beer to start.

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Old 11-09-2010, 10:46 PM   #4
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Thanks I want to make something in between a Smithwick's and a Stout

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You will need some equipment, so if possible, go to a local home brew store and get someone there to help you and explain the basic process. The same store will mostly have a recipe for a extract based stout or anything you want.

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Old 11-09-2010, 10:56 PM   #6
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Yeah I was just going to order from online and just get some literature and follow steps

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Old 11-09-2010, 11:06 PM   #7
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Here's a great resource for any new brewer (if you haven't checked it out already, you should)

http://howtobrew.com/intro.html

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Old 11-09-2010, 11:29 PM   #8
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I researched online, read thousands of posts, even watched many u-tube videos. What I got from the group at my local store (took a beer 101 class) was so much help.

Do not discount what a seasoned brewer can do for you.

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