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Old 02-17-2009, 02:44 PM   #21
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yeah i actually bought the book and have been reading it, i think my problem is that i just need to get out there and actually start brewing and stop thinking about how exactly i want to do it. haha. i guess i am just over thinking the whole thing.

again any help is greatly appreciated

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Old 02-17-2009, 02:52 PM   #22
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Hey, it's better to overthink and underdo than to underthink and overdo. If it was me with my first batch, I'd probably be in too much of a rush to do anything other than brew with the ingredients I already have. If you take the advice here, you'll probably end up with better beer. If you ignore it, you'll still end up with beer!

sterling: sorry to keep jumping over you, I'm just on top of my game today.

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I would never use a dead mouse in my beer. It's much better to use live ones. You could probably just steep a dead one, but live ones must be mashed. Actually, smashed and mashed would be best.
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Old 02-17-2009, 02:56 PM   #23
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Hummm... someone who wants to start big...

I know i wouldn't do that unless i really tried my hands on the basic minimalist stuff and know that i really like it before i going on a spending spree, but that's just me.

Been brewing for only two years, and i know i will never aim for the big leagues, i like things that are simple to do and wont cost me an arm and leg.

my equipment consists on:
* A Hydrometer
* 2 primary plastic buckets
* 2 glass carboy (now sitting in their respective foam coated milk crates) along with bubblers
* an auto siphon and a bottling wand.
* a bottle sink adapted reversed sprinkler for bottle rinsing (whatever that thing is supposed to be called)
* a dishwasher
* a big stainless steel pot
* a stove in the kitchen
* a bottle capper
* some stuff i use from the kitchen, strainers, blender for my grains and such...

Do i want to buy anything else?
No, makes beer and mighty good ones at that according to my own personnal set of standards.

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Old 02-17-2009, 02:57 PM   #24
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No problem llama, I'm just too slow. Your posts are much better than mine anyway. Kyler, just remember to read Palmer's points about cleanliness and sanitation a 3'rd and 4th time. These are the most important parts of brewing. Don't make the same mistake that I did either. I thought that the one-step cleanser that came with my starter kit was a sanitizer, but it isn't. I would suggest you pick up a bottle of san-star and use it according to its instructions.

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Old 02-17-2009, 03:01 PM   #25
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Oh, just one last thought. You might want to get a bottle of Star San and use it on everything. Sanitization is next to Godliness.

Oh darn, Sterling beat me to it.

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Hummm... someone who wants to start big...

I know i wouldn't do that unless i really tried my hands on the basic minimalist stuff and know that i really like it before i going on a spending spree, but that's just me.

Been brewing for only two years, and i know i will never aim for the big leagues, i like things that are simple to do and wont cost me an arm and leg.

my equipment consists on:
* A Hydrometer
* 2 primary plastic buckets
* 2 glass carboy (now sitting in their respective foam coated milk crates) along with bubblers
* an auto siphon and a bottling wand.
* a bottle sink adapted reversed sprinkler for bottle rinsing (whatever that thing is supposed to be called)
* a dishwasher
* a big stainless steel pot
* a stove in the kitchen
* a bottle capper
* some stuff i use from the kitchen, strainers and such...

Do i want to buy anything else?
No, makes beer and mighty good ones at that according to my own personnal set of standards.
not really starting big, i just am extremely interested in it and i know that i am going to enjoy it. i am just trying to start off as sucessful as i can possibly be, i mean i know that i can only do so well on my first batch but i want it to be at least a decent batch.
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Old 02-17-2009, 03:11 PM   #27
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not really starting big, i just am extremely interested in it and i know that i am going to enjoy it. i am just trying to start off as sucessful as i can possibly be, i mean i know that i can only do so well on my first batch but i want it to be at least a decent batch.
No problems man.
Just wanted to add a little reminder that it doesn't have to be complicated to be good.
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Old 02-17-2009, 03:11 PM   #28
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okay first off this kit is NOT pre hopped and to eliminate further confusion the kit is as follows:

3.3 lbs of light malt extract (liquid)
1 lb of rice sugar solids
1 lb of corn sugar
1 oz of UK first gold hop pellets (alpha 7%)
7g brewing yeast
5 oz priming yeast (dextrose)

that kit on midwest supplies was basically what i was looking at, except i was thinking 6gal better bottles instead of the 5 gal buckets. does that make sense?

i was just going to go the nearest home brew shop (in ann arbor) and talk to them and basically follow what that kit shows, except for like i mentioned the fermenting containers.

i appreciate the help, keep it coming
Kyler,

I am originally from that area of the state (midland) and there is a closer homebrew store. Check out Opperman's Cork 'N Ale in Saginaw (Oppermann's Cork 'N' Ale). Should save you an hour or two driving.

Good luck!
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Old 02-17-2009, 03:50 PM   #29
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thanks i was just going to go there because i knew there were a few down there and the gf lives there. thanks tho for the suggestion i will def check it out

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