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Old 10-18-2011, 07:55 AM   #1
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Just wanted a list of a basic set up and an easy first recipe. Thanks.

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Old 10-18-2011, 08:04 AM   #2
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You might like to have a look at this thread. I can vouch for it making some nice beer.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/easy...ng-pics-75231/

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Old 10-18-2011, 09:14 AM   #3
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You might like to have a look at this thread. I can vouch for it making some nice beer.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/easy...ng-pics-75231/
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If you really want a basic, easy rarely fail beer. Go to Coopers website and pick up one of their kits. Very easy walk through, and if it is your first time or just want an easy good beer Use their can comes prehopped preferably use DME instead of sugar or atleast half the sugar and/or a few pounds of grains for freshness. I recommend the coopers stout the best of their line of extracts IMO.
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Old 10-18-2011, 12:14 PM   #4
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Another alternative is to choose one of the large kits like Festa Brew (I suggest these because I have used them, and like them). Pretty much fool-proof - you need no other ingredients but the beer is excellent and they have a number of styles.

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Old 10-18-2011, 01:12 PM   #5
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You can get an equipment kit that contains all of the equipment needed to make beer. You will also need a pot big enough to brew in. You can do partial boils on your stove to start. That will be cheaper.

A recipe kit is not a bad way to start. The kits give you a pretty good intro into brewing.. Get one that has extract with steeping grains. They have all the ingredient measured out and tell you when to add them. The only thing is to ignore the instructions after you pitch the yeast. Most of the kits have you rush the brew too much.

My other advice it to read as many posts on here about the process. When I first started I spent so much time reading this forum that my wife called it beer porn. I learned a ton before I started and believe that led to success with my first brew.

Figure out a way to control fermenting temp and keep the fermenter in the range for the yeast you are using.

And lastly, the hardest thing to learn for a new brewer is.........Patience. Give your brew plenty of time to ferment fully, bottle it up and then give it plenty of time to carb up and mature. You will be rewarded with very good home brew if you do.

Enjoy the hobby/addiction.

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Old 10-18-2011, 01:45 PM   #6
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I absolutely agree with beergolf. You must be very patient with your beer...brew it and forget about it for a while...bottle it and forget about it again. It may be difficult, but it will be worth it. You might treat yourself to some nice craft beer while you wait

I would also recommend using a kit for your first beer, your first brew may feel hectic due to the process being new, and it will help to have instructions to follow.

Most important...no matter how tempted you are, do NOT get smashed on brew day. Have a beer or two if you wish, sure, but just keep your head. It is easy to do something stupid when you are drinking that you would never do if you were sober.

Have fun!

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Old 10-18-2011, 02:21 PM   #7
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Hey, I come up with some of my most brilliant ideas when drinking!

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Old 10-18-2011, 03:30 PM   #8
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Thank you all very much for the tips, ill start reading right away.

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Old 10-18-2011, 03:40 PM   #9
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I started by reading John Palmer's "How to Brew" from cover to cover twice. Been brewing for 9 months and I now understand about 20% of it. The book has a lot of technical information that is not required to brew, but as I get deeper into the hobby it helps me understand the issues.

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Goto youtube! You can watch someone else brew beer from start to finish. Pick the method you like best. Most of them work but you may prefer one over another based on the gear you already own.

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