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machinehead131 09-09-2009 10:43 PM

Newbie needs advice
 
I am getting ready to brew my first batch. I have all the equipment I need but am curious as to which kit I should by for my first batch.

Is there any difference between brewing a wheat beer opposed to an ale?

Also, where should I buy brewing kits?

Is there a large difference between dry yeast and liquid yeast?

Thanks, I will have more questions I am sure as time goes on.

Parker36 09-09-2009 10:47 PM

-No difference in techniquie for brewing a wheat vs non wheat ale (I'm assuming you are doing extract?)

-AUstin HomeBrew Supply has a HUGE supply of awesome kits. You can probably find somebody who has brewed all of them on this forum for specific reviews.

-For dry vs liquid yeasts, it depends on what style beer you want to make. If you are going wheat or Belgian, I would recommend a liquid. If you are making anything else, I would say go with a reputable dry yeast for your first batch.

Good luck and welcome aboard!

machinehead131 09-09-2009 10:52 PM

Damn, that was quick - it's good to be here.

I have been over in the kegerator forums and have always wanted to homebrew.

I am pumped!

Can I reuse brown beer bottles?

Brew-boy 09-09-2009 10:59 PM

I would recommend something simple, there are a bunch of these kits it just all depends on your taste. Plenty of good online places with good proven kits. More Beer, Northern Brewer, Midwest supplies etc.... I would also recommend dry yeast for your first kit to keep the simple factor. Good luck and please report back on how it turned out.

tobrew 09-09-2009 11:03 PM

You can reuse brown bottles. Just don't us the twist off type. .
There is no turning back now!!!..Have FUN and enjoy!!!!!
Tobrew

MistyMountainHops 09-09-2009 11:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by machinehead131 (Post 1536600)
Damn, that was quick - it's good to be here.

I have been over in the kegerator forums and have always wanted to homebrew.

I am pumped!

Can I reuse brown beer bottles?

Sure can! Make sure you get them very clean and don't forget to sanitize (obviously).

machinehead131 09-09-2009 11:05 PM

I like many different beers. I really like IPA's but am the only one that does so I want something that everyone will be able to enjoy.

I was thinking this may be good - Austin Homebrew Supply

I am unsure what else I would need or if I should go for something that is simpler?

Not sure what extract vs. mini mash is as well as DME

meluvbeer 09-09-2009 11:07 PM

Dont forget to get a capper and some new caps. ;)

dobeluvr 09-09-2009 11:08 PM

as long as they are of the pry off variety. I believe they are made thicker than the pry off type, plus the pry offs seal easier

s1080 09-09-2009 11:08 PM

I have to agree with Brew-boy on the dry yeast thing. It is easier for a first brew in my opinion, just remember to rehydrate:D and you should be fine!! Good luck and Welcome! Now you have a use for your entire life savings:ban:


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