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Old 10-21-2010, 03:05 PM   #1
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Hey all,
I bottled my first batch of homebrewed beer last Sunday and am looking forward to seeing how the final product comes out. At this point, it looks like everything has gone well. I used a kit and brewed a Red Ale. I bought another one to do this weekend of American Amber. I was looking for any suggestions from experienced home brewers around some other types of beer that may be good for a beginner to try. I typically don't like a real bitter or strong hoppy beer and was just looking for some suggestions to possibly try in the near future. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated for this "newbie"!!

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Old 10-21-2010, 03:42 PM   #2
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Nut Brown ales and Irish Reds are easy ones. Just keep it simple. If you have the urge to do a fruity beer, go with a wheat beer and go real light on the fruit.

Welcome to the obsession.

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Old 10-21-2010, 04:07 PM   #3
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Pick a style you know you're going to like!

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Old 10-21-2010, 04:37 PM   #4
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I've done about 10 different brews and it seems like wheat beers turn out the best for me. So if you like that type of beer, then you might give it a shot.

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Old 10-21-2010, 05:25 PM   #5
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Based on your preferences, perhaps an english style like an mild, bitter or brown? How about a Scottish 60 shilling ? These styles are all beginner friendly, easy enough to brew with extract and steeping grains.

(FYI, Even tho it's called 'bitter', the style is not all that bitter)

I have a really nice batch recently with the Sam Adams Blackberry Wit Clone from Austin Homebrew, which I did as a partial mash. A belgian wit might also be a good choice if you like the less hoppy / bitter styles.

I would recommend looking at the BJCP style guidelines, or picking up "Brewing Classic Styles" by Jamil Zainesheff; either of these provide great information on all of the different styles of beer, which would help you narrow down your choices based on your tastes.

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Old 10-21-2010, 05:48 PM   #6
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Great thread - I was about to post the same thing! I haven't begun brewing yet, but my friends and I were thinking of brewing an ESB as our first brew. Would you all agree that an ESB would be a good "homebrew beginners" beer to try? We're not expecting to churn out the best thing we've ever drank, but we don't want to mess up on our first try either

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Old 10-21-2010, 06:03 PM   #7
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welcome - very much a newbie here and still using kits, mostly brewers best. each of those have had on the box somewhere something called IBU's. our tastes in beer sounds about the same and we've just been checking the IBU # and going with something low. our next big adventure, i think, is going to be still using a kit but adding a little something. what that little something will be we don't know but you'll probably see my question posted here in a few weeks as to what to add!

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art29101.asp

"IBU stands for International Bittering Unit - the scale used to measure hop bitterness in beer. An IBU is one part per million of isohumulone, an acid derived from hops. If you like the very bitter “bite” of the “Extreme Beers,” a higher IBU would be an indication of that snap."

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Old 10-21-2010, 06:12 PM   #8
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My first was a brewers best red ale, and it turned out great. This one was good at 3 weeks in the bottle, but soooo much better a few month after that. My second one was a german altbier, that was really good also. Dark, but malty, not bitter at all.

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look through the kits then check out this link, it should help you with the flavor profiles you are looking for.

http://www.bjcp.org/stylecenter.php

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Old 10-21-2010, 06:29 PM   #10
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Hey all,
I bottled my first batch of homebrewed beer last Sunday and am looking forward to seeing how the final product comes out.
Welcome to the hobby (obsession ) Congrats on getting the first batch bottled. Now comes the hardest part...giving it time to age.

You will get alot of great advice here. Good luck on your second brew
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