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Old 11-09-2011, 02:24 PM   #1
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Hi
I'm a complete beginner to the home brewing world. I want to brew Ales, is there any tips or suggestions I need to know before I start my first batch tomorrow?

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Old 11-09-2011, 02:29 PM   #2
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http://www.howtobrew.com/intro.html

This is a bit lengthy if you're planning on brewing tomorrow, but skim the important parts. And when you can, read it, I think its one of the better ones out there.
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:36 PM   #3
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I'd even say wait a couple of days before you brew, and read at least the first third of the book (that deals with extract brewing) first. You can brew completely without - just follow the directions that come with your kit (I'm assuming your first batch is a kit), and you will make decent beer. But since you asked..

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Old 11-09-2011, 02:43 PM   #4
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Brilliant. Cheers guys, will give it a read and probably get it started over the weekend.
Will let you know the results or problems should any arise

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Old 11-09-2011, 02:47 PM   #5
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^^^^^^^^

Look up at the top of the forum there is a sticky about beginner extract how to..

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Old 11-09-2011, 02:51 PM   #6
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Also, I just want to mention, it would most definitely be worth your while to buy the most recent edition of How to Brew. The online is the first edition, the current print is third I believe. It's worth every penny - mine looks like its 20 years old.

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Old 11-09-2011, 03:02 PM   #7
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The biggest thing is having everything ready to go before you start. I just did my second batch yesterday and it took half as long because I had everything ready to go. Another big thing I found was my gravity was way off because I was worried about getting too much sludge in my fermenter so I left more in the pot than I should have. From what I have learned from others, pour it all in, cloudy and clear wort. Leave as much of the solids behind as you can, but take the cloudy liquid. It will all settle out to the bottom and your beer will be fine.

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Old 11-09-2011, 03:27 PM   #8
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Get yourself a copy of How to Brew and read it. It is like the homebrewers bible.

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