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Old 01-10-2008, 01:28 AM   #1
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OK, I have been looking for a homebrew kit for awhile and I can not decide which to buy...there boil kits, no-boils kits, use sugar to prime, don't use sugar to prime-YIKES!!! Can anybody help?...Please



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Old 01-10-2008, 01:36 AM   #2
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Just buy the ones most commonly sold- a 60 min kit With priming sugar-
No boil kits take half of the fun of the experience away, and I've never even seen a kit without priming sugar- (not that I have seen it all).
Go to Midwest or Northernbrewer etc, and get an ale kit- Browns are great first kits! My first was a brown and its been one of my favorite batches yet.



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Old 01-10-2008, 01:39 AM   #3
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If you are just starting out try an extract kit. It's usually easy and a good starting point for beginners. Then after you've made a few extract batches move up to partial mash kits. If you've then got the itch and monies, go all grain.

Truthfully, check out Austin homebrew supply, Northern Brewer, Midwest supply, etc... Just to name a few and or Google to try and find some other places. Check your local listings for a local Hombrew Store near you. If you get an extract kit I would recommend a easy pale ale. Remember to keep it simple. This hobby/craft WILL grow on you!

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Old 01-10-2008, 01:43 AM   #4
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WOW, you guys are fast! Thanks for the help. I have been looking at a BEER MAN no boil kit and it uses carbonating tabs (not sugar). Anyone heard of or used this kit?

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Old 01-10-2008, 01:47 AM   #5
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No- but I have heard of carb tabs. They work, but I prefer 5 oz of priming sugar because its a little more traditional. Carb tabs are- really- just bottle sized units of priming sugar- unless I missed something.
+1 for the Roqk- Midwest Et. Al. have great kits and will talk your ear off on the phone if you need help.

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Old 01-10-2008, 03:45 AM   #6
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My first recipe was a Brewers Best English brown ale. It turned out really well and is a nice tasting beer. +1 for midwest or austin, but if you're looking for something you can possibly get locally and the LHBS doesn't do custom recipe/kits then I'd recommend going for a Brewers Best.

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Old 01-10-2008, 03:59 AM   #7
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I would say dont go for the the no boil. I have not heard many good things about them and extract is not hard at all.

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I make the no boil coopers kits - beer turns out great for me - all you have to do is mix the canned kit in some hot water with some malt extract stir it up right good and your all set. So your no boil kit should make some nice beer.

It all depends how much time and effort you want to spend though. Most people on here like the extract kits where you add your own hops and steepn grains. It is a little more challenging and time consuming but you have a little bit more control over the finished product.

As for priming - corn sugar works great.

Ive tasted both styles and whatever one you choose I personally find the beer tastes good - im not a conneseur though - i just like a good tasting refreshing beer

enjoy - cheers

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Might as well get use to the boil method since after the first brew you will be addicted...............errr wanting to make more and better brew, which will require boiling for either extract or all grain.

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I suggest Extract + Steeping Grains, It is Extremely Easy and Very Hard to Screw up you will get Full Directions On what to do and It is a lot more fun then those No Boil kits, and you will have more control over color and taste as well as learning what specialty Grains do what. So I strongly Recommend Ex+Steeping Dont be Nervous its easy!



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