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Old 10-22-2012, 06:53 PM   #1
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I have had a home brewing kit for a few years (actually a Christmas gift for my dad that he was too afraid to use) and I have never used it.

I have made wine with my in laws recently and decided it's time to give beer a shot. I'm not sure what about 80% of the terms I see here mean so any help would be appreciated.

Also, I'm trying to make the pumpkin Mead in a pumpkin I saw here tomorrow night. I figure it's a good bridge between wine and beer.

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Old 10-22-2012, 06:58 PM   #2
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The stickies in the beginner forum are a great place to start. Also check out howtobrew.com which is an online (albeit slightly outdated) copy of a book written by a respected member of the homebrewing community. Further, you can check out The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Charlie Papazian

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Old 10-22-2012, 06:59 PM   #3
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What kind of home brewing kit?
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:17 PM   #4
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Welcome! My only immediate concern for you is that if the ingredients are "a few years" old you may not have the greatest results...not because u did something wrong, but because your ingredients are stale. At a bare minimum, I would order fresh yeast. Have fun & keep us posted!

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Welcome! My only immediate concern for you is that if the ingredients are "a few years" old you may not have the greatest results...not because u did something wrong, but because your ingredients are stale. At a bare minimum, I would order fresh yeast. Have fun & keep us posted!
The kit didn't include any ingredients, only 2 5 gallon buckets, hoses, a syphon and a capper.
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:34 PM   #6
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heh heh, "Magical World" reminds me of Badrinath's comment in Beerfest:

"I wish it were winter so we could freeze it into ice blocks and skate on it and melt it in the spring time and drink it!"

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Old 10-23-2012, 02:33 AM   #7
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Go to one of the mail order suppliers and read through the extract kits and find one you think you'd like and go for it. Tons of info on this site and good podcasts can be viewed at Basic Brewing, and Brewing TV will make you more comfortable with the process.

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Old 10-23-2012, 05:37 AM   #8
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Well, you're probably going to need/want a few more things to make your kit truly functional for brewing and fermenting beer. Other things will make it far easier and pleasant. I don't think any of us are able to give you a simple, easy answer to your question other than just learn for yourself.

The resources above will help, but thought I'd toss in Palmer's book "How To Brew." It was my preferred reference when learning to brew and provided me an easy to grasp foundation that grew with me as I was learning. I read that, cover to cover...probably twice...before I bought a single thing or brewed my first batch. But that's how I roll. I also read Papazian's book. I've been brewing for over three years and I still occasionally refer to both, so they're good investments.

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Glad to hear you are thinking about brewing. A lot of great advice already given, I'm late to the party as usual. Best advice I can give (which has already been said) read some from Papazian and Palmer, they are homebrewing legends. Start with them. Some of the info provided is a little outdated in regards to yeast but everything else is spot on.

Sounds like you have the basic equipment set up. Now school up. It will pay off in many ways. I got to admit one thing that bugs the crap out of me is when new brewers come on here with zero time spent educating themselves in homebrewing. (Don't worry, I'm not thinking you fall into that category.. not at all)

Brewing is not hard but does come with some terms, a fellow ought to know the basics before starting. That doesn't take a lifetime of study. A few hours reading CP and JP will be rewarded by good beer. Then you can spend a lifetime making it perfect!

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My wife seems opposed to it til we get into our new place after January 1st, is there a book on that?

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