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Old 04-15-2008, 10:40 PM   #1
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I am in the planning and buying process to begin my brewing career. I plan on an malt extract brew. I don't want to brew a light beer, something like an MGD or the like. Let me know what you guys think. Thanks.

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Old 04-15-2008, 10:45 PM   #2
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Well, what do you like to drink?

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Old 04-15-2008, 10:57 PM   #3
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hmm...how about some kind of a pale ale.

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Old 04-15-2008, 11:00 PM   #4
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I'm a noob and did a Sierra Nevada clone for my first brew...it was a simple recipe and was delicious. It turned out a little light on the hops for a Pale Ale, but was very smooth. I added another 1oz of flavor hops for my second batch. Recipe below:

Recipe Type: Extract
Yeast: Wyeast 1056
Yeast Starter: Smack Pack
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter: No
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.0
Original Gravity: 1.049
Final Gravity: 1.011
IBU: 31
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 13.60
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 14 @ 70F

Ingredients:
6.5# Alexander's Light Extract (LME)
1# Caramel Malt (60L) Steeping Grains
2oz. Whole Cascade Hops (6.1% Alpha)
1/3 tsp Irish Moss
Wyeast 1056 Smack Pack

Brewing Schedule:
Note: Volumes are intended for use in a full boil.
1# Caramel Malt - Steep at 155F for 30 minutes in 1.5gal water
Main Boil Kettle: Boil 4.5gal of water
6.51# LME - boil for 60 minutes
Add 1.5g water from steeping grains to main kettle (for a total of 6.0 gallons)
1oz Hops - in boil for 60 minutes (bittering)
Irish Moss - 1/3 tsp in boil for 50 minuntes
1/2 oz Hops - boil for 30 minutes (flavoring)
1/2 oz Hops - boil for 2 minutes (aroma)

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Old 04-15-2008, 11:05 PM   #5
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I also started out with a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone, and it turned out great. This is a pretty popular style to replicate so you would probably do well with it. Check out your local home brew shop and see what kind of kits they have.

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You could try Edwort's Pale Ale -- it's all-grain, but if you read through I think you'll find some people who have converted it to extract. It's very popular here and it was my first AG batch.

You could also try Austin Homebrew, they have a bunch of kits as well.

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Old 04-15-2008, 11:17 PM   #7
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As others have suggested, I'd start out with either and English or American pale ale, a stout or a porter.

My first brew was a porter.

Pale ales are pretty easy to brew ( not to mention very, very tasty.)

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seems to be a trend, but i also started out with a Sierra Nevada Pale ale clone. Purchased from Midwest when I purchased my brewing kit.

Turned out pretty damn tasty.

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