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.
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
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 14 @ 70F
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)
Fermenting: ESB Kegged: Extra IPA, Brown Ale, American Wheat, Blackheart Stout Coming Up: Dunkleweizen, 3C Pale Ale
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.