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Old 03-19-2005, 03:31 PM   #1
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I want to start brewing up some of my own beer but I'm not sure where to begin. Should I get a kit? What type of beer is good for my first brew? I like Abbey's and Heifenweizen's, but not sure if those would be good for my first brewing experience. I was thinking maybe an IPA?

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Old 03-19-2005, 08:41 PM   #2
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Hey Piper,
I'm new too, but as you will quickly learn, this is a captivating hobby!
What kind of equipment do you have? Single stage, two stage or nothing yet?
I am actually drinking a IPA now, which was my second batch and if I do say, it is excellant!

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Old 03-19-2005, 09:09 PM   #3
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I want to start brewing up some of my own beer but I'm not sure where to begin. Should I get a kit? What type of beer is good for my first brew? I like Abbey's and Heifenweizen's, but not sure if those would be good for my first brewing experience. I was thinking maybe an IPA?
You begin by getting a book and reading it. The complete handbook of home brewing by dave miller would be my suggestion. Then you will have a better idea of what to start with and how to do it well.Your right about abbeys and heife they would be a bad choice for first brew. An ale is a good first beer but hefewiesen takes a little more expertise.
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Old 03-20-2005, 04:46 AM   #4
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Thanks, I'll check out that book, should I buy a kit too?

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Old 03-21-2005, 03:51 PM   #5
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Read the book so you understand the process a bit and then you can decide whether or not to buy a kit. The instuctions and ingredients in many kits are terrible and have discouraging results. It's a much better idea to know what you're doing than to buy a kit and expect good beer to be as easy to make as Kool-Aid (it isn't, but many kits would have you think so). You'll benefit greatly from understanding what's going on.

Read some more in this forum and online. Once you have some more specific questions, post em here. Cheers!

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Old 03-21-2005, 04:08 PM   #6
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When you ask"should you buy a kit" are you refering to an ingredient kit, or an equipment kit? You can usually get a deal on equipment kits. My HBS sells one for 75 and it comes with papizans book.Look for something like that for an equipment kit.

I like finding recipes and buying the ingredients rather than kits. Then i know its fresh....also, my HBS doesnt even sell kits for that reason. I think im pretty lucky to have such a nice supplier though. They have lots of stock, and fresh ingredients. Any way you go about getting into it, read up on it first so you understand what, and why your doing what you do.

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Old 03-27-2005, 07:45 AM   #7
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you and your hbs employee/owner can construct a "kit" with fresher ingredients than the box kind. i read the joy of brewing and that is a pretty good reference book. try using dme(dry malt extract) instead of liquid and try lots of different hops.
once u get the basic brewing techniques down the skys the limit. remember its not rocket science so just have fun, and reap the benifits,boy oh boy reap the benifits.

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I'd also take the time to look at John Palmer's online version of his book, How To Brew. Lot's of good information and, best of all, it's free!

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Old 04-05-2005, 02:47 PM   #9
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my setup was given to me as a gift, but the "Gifter" went to my LHBS and had the guy there walk through step by step to build the setup... AND a set of ingredients..
has worked great so far, and the HBS guy is now getting entirely TOOOOO much of my money..!!!

But Damn is this fun!

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What I did was contact my HBS and order a starter kit of equipment and a store recipe total about $100. These were recipes the store had which included the ingredients and instructions of how to make the batch. Of course I read Homebrewing for Dummies along the way and checked out a few online articles.

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