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Old 09-25-2009, 10:52 PM   #1
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Default I don't know if I'm ready..

I've wanted to brew my own beer for years now, and I'm finally at a time and place where it is feasible. I am buying a kit this weekend and diving head-first. I understand the basic principles of brewing, I've read quite a bit here, and I want to get started... but I'm still at a bit of a loss as to exactly how to get started. The brew store has a lot of books and the kit comes with a manual.. should I assume that will be enough to step me through the process?

I just went into a total panic. LOL!! "OMG, I'm going to make my own beer? Am I ready? Do I know what I'm getting into? I need an adult!"

So, I have enjoyed lurking here over the last couple days and I'm ready to start my trek into the unknown.. and I'm a big, talk-y, sharing type, so I just want to put myself out there and say, "HEY, HOME BREWERS! I'M HERE AND NOT SURE IF I'M READY!"

And kind words or gentle nudgings wouldn't be turned down right now.

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Old 09-25-2009, 10:55 PM   #2
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go for it!

Find a kit, get some ingredients (throw away the directions and post your recipe on here and we'll all help ya do it the right way)!

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Old 09-25-2009, 10:56 PM   #3
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www.howtobrew.com, it will set you in the right direction, and give you just about everything you need to know to brew your first batch.

Or as AZ_IPA says post the recipe, we'll give you a hand.
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Calm down... take a breather... drink a beer.

Homebrewing is pretty simple. It sounds tricky, (and to some it may be) but once you dive in, you'll get the hang of it very quickly. We're all here if you have questions about the process.

For now, I suggest you visit this site http://www.howtobrew.com and read the first section.

The directions that come with your kit will most likely be fine, but there are a few things it might not tell you. The above link will get you on your way to brewing great beer.

I always say...if you can cook, you can brew. It only gets hard when you make it that way. Diving into all-grain, and water chemisty, and yeast culturing....that's when it gets interesting. You don't need to worry about that now though.

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Old 09-25-2009, 11:01 PM   #5
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Well, I'm a fantastic cook... This should be cake!

Thank you all so much! I will certainly be back over the weekend to get more information.. I'll read the links and see what my home brew store has to say, and of course, I'll have to have a beer.

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Well, I'm a fantastic cook... This should be cake!
That's modest. Seriously, I cook a ton, too, and brewing is a great extension of cooking. For example, I think of AG brewing as just like making a chicken stock, then adding yeast (i.e., heat the goodness out of bulk ingredients, then reduce it and season). Make a step-by-step list, have a beer, and get started.

And let us know how it goes.
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:45 PM   #7
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Relax!

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+1 on the How To Brew site.....between that and a few kind nudges on here to Relax and be patient i have two successful brews under my belt, looking forward to number three on sunday....

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i had similar apprehension when starting, but, honestly, after you do it once, you'll wonder why the hell you didn't start earlier. good luck, this site and howtobrew.com will be your best friends. fire away with any questions you have. cheerio!

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Right now, the most important thing to learn is RDWHAHB = "Relax, don't worry. Have a home-brew..."

Good luck and welcome to the obsession...I mean, hobby!


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