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Old 12-02-2011, 11:44 PM   #1
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Hey everyone. Just got my starter Brew kit(k6) in the mail today. I haven't much experience brewing. But I would like to try a pale ale recipe first, something along the lines of Sierra nevada. I would appreciate any tips and pointers, as well as web resources you guys can offer. Specifically with my equipment. Thanks

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Old 12-02-2011, 11:50 PM   #2
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I found that reading this through really helped me with my first batch. I used it to make sure that I knew in advance precisely what I was going to do.

How to Brew - By John Palmer

I also took careful notes of what I did while I did it, similar to what you would do in a chemistry lab.

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Old 12-02-2011, 11:58 PM   #3
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1) sanitation - I like Starsan
2) Pitching proper amounts of yeast. See mrmalty.com
3) Good temperature control both while brewing and fermenting. Search swamp cooler
4) Patience. Get a hydrometer if you don't have one and leave the beer alone for at least 2 weeks the take gravity reading over 3 days. When you get the same reading for a couple of days fermentation is finished. You can now do a secondary or bottle but leaving it for 3-4 weeks is better.
5) Get another fermenter and start another batch ASAP. You will be surprised when your first batch is gone and the second is not ready!

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Old 12-03-2011, 12:12 AM   #4
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Seconding everything kh54s10 said, with extra emphasis on good sanitation. Good luck and happy brewing!

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Old 12-03-2011, 12:20 AM   #5
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Sanitation, patience, and FERMENTATION TEMPS. Learn to use your hydrometer, that's how you know what your fermentation is doing.

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Old 12-03-2011, 12:24 AM   #6
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i think hardest part for me starting out was the wait. i rushed into bottle and drinking. i think i drank half my batch before it was ready. So I stress the patience part.

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This entire forum is noob pointers, especially the stickeys and the section called beginner's section....

Also
The Stone Cold Lead Pipe Lock'd N00b Advice Thread.

And any of the active threads, especially in the beginner's section....Or we can just rewrite the ENTIRE forum in here.

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Thanks guys! Cant wait to get started...it's a little tricky searching the forums on my iPhone when I'm suppose to be running the main control room in the largest anhydrous ammonia plant in Florida(shhhhhh)

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Thanks guys! Cant wait to get started...it's a little tricky searching the forums on my iPhone when I'm suppose to be running the main control room in the largest anhydrous ammonia plant in Florida(shhhhhh)
You must have to fight off hoardes of methmakers while on duty, eh?
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Yeah, luckily the methheads find it hard to get over the 10 ft gate with the barb wire, but they still try!

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