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Old 01-05-2011, 06:28 PM   #1
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So I'm new to the forum...Hello. I was curious if there were any good starting advice for a stone cold newbie. I have been a craft beer junkie for a while and now I wanna get my crack at it. I would like some links to a good solid outline of the process maybe some homemade brew kit advice as budget is the key. Thanks in advance and I look forward to getting rolling. Thanks

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Old 01-05-2011, 06:32 PM   #2
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Read a lot. This forum is packed with info.

Don't expect to save money. The obsession will take hold, and there will always be something to build/buy.

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Old 01-05-2011, 06:42 PM   #3
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How to Brew by John Palmer is a totally amazing book, will take you from total newbie to advanced if you want. You can read the first edition for free on howtobrew.com but the print version is much more up-to-date and it's reasonably priced.

Other than that just look around, there are probably thousands of tutorials online about how to do your first batch. Or talk to your local homebrew shop staff

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Old 01-05-2011, 06:50 PM   #4
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Master the search function of this site and you'll be set.

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Old 01-05-2011, 06:54 PM   #5
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+1 The tips really are already here, repeated ad nauseum, and in usually good detail. A lot of it can be found by starting with the stickies.....In all the sections, especially the beginner, fermentation and equipment sections (And I think there's a pretty good sticky in the bottling section as well )

To me this entire forum made up of tips to improve our brewing. I learn at least one new thing a day, but usually much more that that.

So I guess the best tip I can give you is to read as much as you can on here.

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Oh I wrote this about a year ago... it contains links to most of the "tip" threads we have on here.

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Look at any of the stickies, at the top of every section of the forum. 99.9% of any new brewers questions have usually already been answered and they are usually stickied somewhere in the forum, usually in the section it is more than likely related to.

In fact THIS ONE probably has every question answered in one place if people would only look. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/faq-please-read-before-asking-question-7909/

This thread has a lot of tips, but sadly some folks can't tell the difference between information and an opinion about something, so some of it has to be tacken with a grain of salt. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/stone-cold-lead-pipe-lockd-n00b-advice-54362/?highlight=stone+cold

Then these threads of mine are meant to be helpful. They're basically summations of things I've answered hundreds of times.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/what-some-mistakes-you-made-where-your-beer-still-turned-out-great-96780/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/revvys-tips-bottler-first-time-otherwise-94812/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/never-dump-your-beer-patience-virtue-time-heals-all-things-even-beer-73254/

But basically just look through the threads there's a ton of info here, usually repeated thousands of times.

In the time I've been here, I've come to realize there is no new questions ever asked, no new situations that we haven't seen 100 times before. I know people hate it when we say it, BUT the answers really are already here, and people really just need to do some digging. This time of year especially, with all the new folks, there's usually 5 different version of the same question in the same section being answered the same time and all in a row. Like right now there are 4-5 "Should I secondary or do long primary?" threads where we're cutting and pasting the same answers in each thread.

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Do you have any equipment? If not and if you don't have a local homebrew store you trust, I'd start by ordering from one of the major online vendors, such as Austin Homebrew, Northern Brewer or Midwest Supply. They all have basic starter kits, and you could add a basic ingredient kit (ale, extract+specialty grains). Or you could use Palmer's Cincinnati Pale Ale recipe in How to Brew. Don't be a 'recipe snob' to begin with. Better to start simple and get the procedure down first.

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Old 01-06-2011, 03:09 PM   #9
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Hey thanks guys a lot!! I actually am buying my kit in the next week. I found a local Home Brew store in my area that is like 20 years old. Lot's of knowledge and they have free clinics. I appreciate the link and I apologize in advance for any posts that may come from me on threads. I like to ask questions. Thanks again!!!

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Old 01-06-2011, 03:31 PM   #10
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Welcom to the forum. Read like crazy here and as Revy said the stickies will be your friend. And most importantly learn from hands on, GO BREW!!!

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