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Cornraker 02-06-2011 03:26 AM

New brewer here, any tips?
 
Hello all i'm new to the forum and home brewing as well. Looks like theres a lot to be learned and a good deal of info looks like it can be found on this cool site. Thank you in advance. I bought a starter kit from Northern Brewer that will be arriving sometime next week. I bought the Caribou Slobber extract kit if anybody is familiar with that. I'm trying to get as much know how as possible before I start so any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

HItransplant 02-06-2011 03:27 AM

get friendly with the search function here on HBT... most if not all of your questions have already been answered.

HItransplant 02-06-2011 03:28 AM

oh, and welcome to the madness... and to HBT. This place is awesome, but watch your wallet.

Revvy 02-06-2011 03:30 AM

My tip is to read the stickies and current discussions on homebrewtalk.com, THIS ENTIRE PLACE IS ONE BIG SERIES OF TIPS.

I alone have posted something like 26,000 tips on here...And I'm only one of 40,000 members.....so you have plenty to choose from. I'm not gonna repost them all here, you're gonna have to do some of the work yourself. ;)

Welcome to the obsession. :mug:

DirtyJersey 02-06-2011 04:51 AM

Think of any question you have and use the search feature. If you're a new brewer, odds are that you will have a lot of the same questions as other new brewers.

I cannot begin to tell you how much I learned from this site.

YouTube is your friend too.

Good luck!

joetothemo 02-06-2011 05:09 AM

Greetings fellow noob.

As a meager 3-batch vet, I would advise the following:

1.) Follow your recipe "to a T." You may have some grand ideas, you may get some conflicting outside advice. But for this first one, just follow the recipe and make beer. It may not be the best possible beer, but it will be beer. After you have learned some things, you can freelance a little with the process.

I didn't follow the instructions and my first batch did not resemble beer in the least.

2.) Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize.

3.) Ask questions first. If you are doubtful about something, ask first. Or at least search the forum for your answer. Don't wing it! People have been making beer for millennia. Someone has asked the same question that is rattling around in your head right now.

Finally...

4.) Google the meaning of "RDWHAHB" If you don't have a homebrew, make it a craft brew!

Cheers!

Joe

NorthRiverS 02-06-2011 06:24 PM

Corn,

Check out "homebrewing" on Youtube. You can visualize people brewing their home made brews. Very informative.

NRS

superjunior 02-06-2011 06:39 PM

my tip would be to NOT follow your kit instructions to a T, at least when it comes to time frames on fermenting and bottling. Most kit instructions will tell you your beer will be ready in a week or two - simply not true. rely on your hydrometer not the airlock.
oh, and welcome to hbt :mug:

beergolf 02-06-2011 07:46 PM

The biggest thing you will have to learn is patience.....:mug:

chaydaw 02-06-2011 08:15 PM

Where are you in Germantown? I also live there. Brewed up a batch this morn actually.


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