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Old 03-12-2010, 11:59 PM   #1
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Default One thing you'd tell a NEWB

Yep in antisipation for brewing my first batch..
I was curious to see; What would be that ONE thing you'd tell a newb just getting started?

good, bad or indifferent what is that one thing you think everyone should know.

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Old 03-13-2010, 12:01 AM   #2
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My best advice.....

Relax and just give it a shot.

Then read up and absorb. Remember, 9 times out of 10, you'll have beer.

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Old 03-13-2010, 12:03 AM   #3
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I'd hope the odds are better than 90%.

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Old 03-13-2010, 12:09 AM   #4
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1. Sanitation is critical. Keep your equipment clean and sanitized.

1. Fermentation temperature is more important than most people realize when they start.

1. Make a starter if you are using liquid yeast.

1. "Hydrometer" is not spelled A-I-R-L-O-C-K

1. Give your beer time. Time in the primary, time in the secondary (if you use one), and especially time in the bottle to carb up (as Revvy tells us--three weeks at 70 at a MINIMUM). Then more time to hit its peak after it's carbed up.

That's the one thing I would tell a noob.

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Old 03-13-2010, 12:12 AM   #5
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I would say, dont get high on your own supply, oops wait that is for seling cocaine (scarface) lol

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Old 03-13-2010, 12:21 AM   #6
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It's really not that difficult. Have courage, confidence, and reading comprehension. You can't go wrong.

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Mainly just relax and have fun making beer.
You may make mistakes, but it will still be beer when you're done.

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Old 03-13-2010, 12:28 AM   #8
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always keep reading and learning.

And don't be uber paranoid about infections like tons of people on this site are. Practice good cleaning/sanitizing practices and you're fine.

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Plus one to the fermentation temps improving your beer ten fold. But at first, just do it. Don't worry about so many things at first. Take care of little thing as you go. Live, Learn and brew.

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Watch the pot when it is coming up to boil after you've added the extract. Be super ready to reduce heat and stir.

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