Originally Posted by ducas
I just got my first kit for Christmas, and I'm crazy excited! I'm getting married in July and I want to brew a batch for the wedding party as a gift. But obviously I'd like to get a few brews under my belt before I make it public. I figure I'll do alright, and I'm trying to not over think it. But I'm wondering if you all had any tips for me. Anything would be sweet to hear. (I have a Brewers Best kit of Summer Ale by the way.)
Here are a few things I'm thinking for the future:
1) Brewing with roses - (novelty for the wedding mainly). I saw a thread here about making a rose and vodka 'tea' and putting it in just before bottling to give it a reddish hue and not make it taste like perfume.
2) Brewing with honey - again I saw that the later I added the honey the better (around 150% after flameout) to give it decent flavoring.
Any other tips would be great. I basically just plan on making it step by step from the kit, especially this first one. After that I know I'll get more creative, like when I cook. But I'd love some practical tips.
Thanks guys, I'm pumped to be a part of this new club! haha
Great place for any questions, and an even better place for research. Being able to ask a question here is really easy but sometimes takes a bit of time to get a response. So use the search function as much as you can to find the info you want right now.
Lots of great information above here, ill just add a little more that I find helpful.
- Get to know your local brew shop (if you have one) Prices on some things may be higher, but most of the things you wont have to pay shipping on and you will have people who should know what they are doing to get input from.
- Get a good hand book - How to Brew by John Palmer is the one I read to get started. But there are lots of them out there. ( Check the Library )
- Have a good place where you can control your temperature ( I think this was said already)
- And for when you get adventurous and want to start fiddling with recipes I like Beer Calculus . homebrew recipe calculator
Its free and the info ( OG, FG, IBU, Calories, SRM) seems to be right on.
- BYO - Brew Your Own- is a great magazine that you can get a free issue from thier website. They have tips and articles on how to make equipment and recipes.
- Most importantly Have fun and let us know how it goes