Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Help Me Decide
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-04-2009, 07:20 PM   #1
jonbrout
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 119
Liked 3 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default Help Me Decide

So I believe I'm going to order this kit today: Brewing Starter Kit w/Better Bottle :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies from midwestsupplies.com. Of course this will be my first time brewing and I am wanting to brew a Scottish / Irish Ale of some sort perhaps with a hint of vanilla (not necessary but i read it can be added somewhere along the line) Something similar to Smithwicks.
Anywho, I've been looking through midwestsupplies and find the kits a little confusing and hard to pick from. Do they all include brewing instructions--It'll be needed since it is my first time.

Thanks for the help. Just need a little hand getting started.

__________________
jonbrout is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-04-2009, 07:25 PM   #2
nvr2low
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Liverpool, New York
Posts: 397
Likes Given: 4

Default

looks like a good buy to me, i say go for it. yes they should all have instructions with them.

__________________
nvr2low is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-04-2009, 07:29 PM   #3
jharres
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Castle Rock, CO
Posts: 187
Likes Given: 1

Default

It should have instructions, but I wouldn't pay much attention to them. Check out How to Brew - By John Palmer.

__________________
jharres is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-04-2009, 07:31 PM   #4
jonbrout
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 119
Liked 3 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

could someone possibly shoot me in the right direction as to which kit to purchase and what i may need in addition to it? Note: was shooting for an easy to do Scottish / Irish Ale and perhaps a good Red!

Edit: I've read that. I'm sure I will several more times.

__________________
jonbrout is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-04-2009, 07:32 PM   #5
nosmatt
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Bass Lake, Ca
Posts: 450
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

i looked, and looked, and looked...finally i just pieced it together. in the end, i have well over $600 in stuff.
i SHOULD have went with something like this right in the beginning. Personal Home Brewery #4 - Bottling Super Deluxe | MoreBeer

it is alot more money, but you get a good kettle for when you do full boils, a wort chiller, cuz cooling in the sink sucks for me. hell, the kettle alone in this kit is 159. the chiller is almost 100.... it is like getting the rest of the stuff for 50 bucks.

anyway, either of the kits you posted will get you going. if you dont have the $$$ to spring for all of it at once it is the way to go...
just remember, when it is done fermenting, you will need alot of this equipment.

__________________
nosmatt is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-04-2009, 07:35 PM   #6
nvr2low
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Liverpool, New York
Posts: 397
Likes Given: 4

Default

i would probably go with something like this

Irish Red Ale w/ Munton's 6 gm dry yeast :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies

not sure how good this specific kit is since im on my first batch myself, but thats what i would probably end up ordering.

__________________
nvr2low is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-04-2009, 08:39 PM   #7
jonbrout
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 119
Liked 3 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

So over at midwest I've decided on these two kits:

Scottish Ale w/ Scottish Ale Activator Wyeast
Irish Red Ale w/ Munton's 6 gm dry yeast

Only thing I'm curious about is the Yeast. I realize different brews require different types of yeast yet what is the key difference between "Activator" and simply "dry?"

Perhaps i should start out with something simpler (these have specialty grains) or would these be just fine?

__________________
jonbrout is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-04-2009, 09:36 PM   #8
FxdGrMind
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: PNW
Posts: 562
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

My first try "Alt Bier" had specialty grains.. I found it added fun and complexity to the basics.
It's all about Clean and organization and timing. Then remember have FUN!

__________________
FxdGrMind is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-04-2009, 09:47 PM   #9
Thumper
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Kansas
Posts: 274
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jonbrout View Post
So over at midwest I've decided on these two kits:

Scottish Ale w/ Scottish Ale Activator Wyeast
Irish Red Ale w/ Munton's 6 gm dry yeast

Only thing I'm curious about is the Yeast. I realize different brews require different types of yeast yet what is the key difference between "Activator" and simply "dry?"

Perhaps i should start out with something simpler (these have specialty grains) or would these be just fine?
I brewed the Irish Red Ale with that exact starter kit on New Years Day. I bought a stainless steel stock pot (30 quart) at the local outlet mall and a thermometer. The brew went well. The kit instructions were detailed enough and the equipment included a basic book that helped also. Do as much research on here as you can, before you brew and you will be fine.

Good Luck,
__________________

Chisholm Trail Brewery

Thumper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help me decide Bernie Brewer General Chit Chat 15 01-10-2009 03:57 AM
Help me decide what to put on tap next. Glibbidy General Chit Chat 11 12-17-2007 09:29 PM
Help me decide... Walker General Chit Chat 40 07-30-2007 07:43 PM
Cant decide makingitgood Cider Forum 38 02-22-2007 03:46 AM
I can't decide anthrobe Equipment/Sanitation 20 02-07-2006 08:19 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS