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Old 05-19-2008, 02:03 AM   #1
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Default Kit suggestion for a first beer?

OK, I've got a few wines and Apfewien batches under my belt, and now that I stumbled into some kegging equipmentI figure it is time to try my hand at some beers.

Problem is, I have no idea what to try. I've figured out the difference between an ale and a lager, but that is pretty much the extent of my beer IQ.

I also have never really tried any craft beers. It has pretty much been BMC for me. Usually, If I am drinking a beer, it is MGD or Mich Golden Draft.

I did try a Guinness a few weeks ago, and wow, was that bitter. I definitely think I'll have a learning curve for both me and my palate.

My wife says she likes Fosters, but since I don't have a lagering fridge (yet), I assume I will have to stick with ales.

So- any suggestions for a foolproof, easy to make, extract beer kit that a (reforming) BMC drinker and first time beer brewer will be able to handle the taste of without shocking my palate too badly?



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Old 05-19-2008, 02:06 AM   #2
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How about a cream ale, a kit from austinhomebrew.com? They have wonderful instructions, so it's easy to follow for a first timer, and a cream ale is easy to drink especially for summer.



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Old 05-19-2008, 02:06 AM   #3
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Probably the best thing to do is hit the beer store and buy examples of every style you can find, then sample/enjoy them while reading www.howtobrew.com.

Something simple to start with would be an american wheat, maybe a cream ale, any lightly hopped beer would be great. The major online suppliers all have clone kits as well if there is something you like and would like to duplicate.

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Old 05-19-2008, 02:15 AM   #4
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Something like this? Liberty Cream ALe

Nothing against AustinHomebrew, but Midwest is my LHBS.

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Old 05-19-2008, 02:40 AM   #5
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Brewer's best red ale was my first and I absolutely fell in love. I'm not really crazy about the brewers best recipes in general but this beer turned out so good that I just bottled my second batch of it. My palate was definitely different from yours when I made it but I still think it's a really easy beer to drink. Killians with a little more flavor. A step up from lawnmower beer but not too big of a step. Also nothing tricky about the recipe, pretty tough to screw up.

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Type: Extract
Date: 3/1/2008
Batch Size: 3.50 gal

Brewer: Cheeto1977
Boil size 2.5 gal


Taste Notes: very similar to MGD and it is an ale
Ingredients



Amount
4.00 lbs Pale Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM)Extract100.00 %
0.50 ozLiberty [3.80 %] (30 min)Hops 11.3 IBU
0.50 ozLiberty [3.80 %] (0 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep)Hops-
1 Pkgs Nottingham (Danstar #-)Yeast-Ale

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.041 SG

Measured Original Gravity: 1.051 SG
Measured Final Gravity: 1.010 SG
Actual Alcohol by Vol: 5.34 %
Bitterness: 11.3 IBU
Calories: 225 cal/pint
Est Color: 6.8 SRM
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my BMC buddies love this stuff
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Something like this? Liberty Cream ALe

Nothing against AustinHomebrew, but Midwest is my LHBS.

I have this in my primary right now, about to transfer to secondary tomorrow and the hydrometer samples taste good. Looks to be a real great summer beer.
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:28 AM   #8
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Most BMC drinkers that I know love wheat beers. I would recommend an American wheat (hefeweizen) kit. Served with an orange peel, these are real crowd pleasers. Plus, they are easy to brew and they do not need to age as long as some of the other ales.

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Old 05-19-2008, 08:50 AM   #9
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AUSTIN HOME BREW!!....seriously the kits are easy. And its probably one of the best sources for kits. Midwest and Northern Brewer are ok but AHB tops them...gold seal kits for beginners or if you want they have pretty much all professional beers layed out in kits proffesional beers. Huge fan! Been using them for years. And Forrest the owner is on here periodically which is kinda nice. The kits are solid though!

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Morebeer has their Red for the deal of the day. Half price, and not a bad start if you ask me.....



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