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Old 11-20-2008, 04:22 PM   #1
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Default Top 10 Beers for Beginners

There are a lot of smart people on this forum and many fantastic brewers (I don't know personally but would love to). Since there's quite a few "What should I brew next?" threads, I think it would be great if they could compile a sticky of the Top 10 Beers for Beginners.

I'd be willing to compile the results and post them if that sounds like a good idea.

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Old 11-20-2008, 04:23 PM   #2
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1. Hefeweizen

Easy, quick, tasty.

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Old 11-20-2008, 04:23 PM   #3
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I second this great idea . I am about to be buying a kit within the month and am trying to find a good starter IPA. I really want to make the Dogfish Head 60 minute clone I found on this site, but it seems a little intimidating for a first brew!

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Old 11-20-2008, 04:25 PM   #4
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1. Hefeweizen

Easy, quick, tasty.
Any specific recipe or just a kit Hefeweizen?
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Old 11-20-2008, 04:28 PM   #5
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I second this great idea . I am about to be buying a kit within the month and am trying to find a good starter IPA. I really want to make the Dogfish Head 60 minute clone I found on this site, but it seems a little intimidating for a first brew!
Not to highjack the thread, but if you're talking about YooperBrew's recipe, I did that one for my first (solo) batch and it is great so far. I'm bottling it tomorrow, but the wort from my hydro samples tastes delicious, and is exactly what I was shooting for. If you use something like BeerSmith and print out or write down all the steps you need to take, and take your time, it makes it a lot simpler; I was nervous before I started, but it's very doable.
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Old 11-20-2008, 04:30 PM   #6
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It seems like the most generic first beer usually is a Brown ale/Nut Brown ale, of which there are tons of kits.

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Old 11-20-2008, 04:33 PM   #7
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I think any single malt - single hop creation would be great for just-started-brewing-last-week beginners (I'm still a beginner myself). I tend to frequent Spec's Liquor store to find styles that I like. If I like it, I plan to try to make it. Even better, take a trip to a brewpub or one of those bars with 100+ beers on tap.

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DOn't forget BM's Centennial Blonde......That is a good simple beer to brew that most people will like......

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And something like an English Mild should be ready quite quickly. Actually, anything with a density lower than 1.045 would normally be ready pretty quick.

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Old 11-21-2008, 12:57 PM   #10
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Rather than brew specific styles, I think it's more important to brew beers that you really want to drink and deepen that obsession! IMHO in most general senses, repeating the process focusing on techniques & sanitization is more important that brewing specific types of beers or recipes.

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