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Old 01-10-2011, 05:09 PM   #1
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Default Ideas for a second go around

Okay so I bottled my first beer today its a Thomas coopers dry Irish stout, looks and smells great. But the problem is what to do for my next brew. These are the kits I've been looking at and am just curious if anyone has tried them if so what were your results?

AMERICAN CREAM ALE Brewers Best

Thomas coopers Australian pale ale

Brewferm Diabolo Beer Kit

Thanks for any insight I appreciate it.

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Old 01-10-2011, 06:49 PM   #2
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Which one would you like to make next?

My favorite kit recipes are here: http://www.austinhomebrew.com/index.php?cPath=178_452_43

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Old 01-10-2011, 06:51 PM   #3
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Brewers best Cream Ale was my very first kit. It was a very good experience.

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Old 01-10-2011, 07:18 PM   #4
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But the problem is what to do for my next brew.
Oh the trouble and strife of brewing haha. If only all of life's problems were so delicious in the end...

I usually try to think of a couple things when planning a new brew... this may or may not help now or in the future.
Seasonal: is it summer or winter, or those seasons that are supposed to come in between them. i tend to do lagers in winter since the basement stays chilly and ales in the summer.
Audience: brewing something to sit around the house and drink, or something to take to an event/party and share with lots of folks, something that SWMBO likes never hurts.
History: who was president in 1848? wait not that kind. What's in secondary/bottled/kegged right now? Do something similar to compare and contrast a style, or go for something completely different to have variety (color, style, strength or hops/alc/malt).

Hope this long winded reply helps somehow.

Oh and head to your LHBS and see what kits they have, or let them help you build your own recipe
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:48 PM   #5
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Hopefully you are so lucky to have one in your area but were I live there is a annual beer tasting with over 150 craft brews. Take notes, drink lots of beer and dream what I'm making all year.

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In late September/early October I brewed Brewers Best American Cream Ale, Red Ale, and Robust Porter. The Cream Ale is all gone and I have some of the others left. It took more time than I thought for the American Cream Ale to mature but boy was it good when it did.

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Thanks for the input I'm pretty lucky to have homebrewit.com in my backyard literally 5 min from my house only downside us they aren't open until wed. But they havr a very nice store and are really helpful.

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Old 01-12-2011, 04:21 PM   #8
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Well I went with the brewferm diablo kit I'm excited to try it sounded good also sounded strong.

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Thats a fairly easy one. Dump into bucket, add a crap load of sugar, add water... pitch yeast.

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Old 01-12-2011, 06:12 PM   #10
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Yeah sounded easy but sounded like it would be a good beer

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