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Old 01-09-2013, 12:38 AM   #1
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Default TOTAL newbie, where to start?

So Im just starting this little venture; im gonna need ALOT of pointers! Since ive never even thought about this before, after you buy the deluxe kit, where do you start?
Think of a beer you want to make?

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Old 01-09-2013, 12:43 AM   #2
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Read John Palmer's How to Brew... No seriously.....

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Old 01-09-2013, 12:44 AM   #3
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Here, then here.
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In a word, Yes. Think of the beers you like the most and make one of those. (Just not a lager. To long to wait). Stove top boils is where most people start. Extract is also a good place to begin. As you grow in your skills you can move to the garage. Welcome to the hobby. The biggest thing to remember is RDWHAHB.

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If you already have the kit a good place to start is plamers how to brew book, the free edition that is online. Some of it isnt up to date anymore but it will get you started. I would find a kit at a home brew store and go from there. Pick an ale type you like to drink. Midwest, Austin and northern brewer are all good places to start. If i can stress 2 points its proper temp control and proper yeast pitching rates.

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RDWHAHB ???

Yeast pitching?

WTH?

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Relax, Don't Worry. Have a Home Brew.

Get the two books and read them. Trust us.

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RDWHAHB ???

Yeast pitching?

WTH?
You've got a lot of reading ahead of you, buddy.

Step 1) Read a lot of this
Step 2) Learn how to use the search function here on homebrewtalk.

Some common brewing terms:
Liquor: water used in the brewing process.
Wort (pronounced 'wert'): water with malt sugars and hops added to it.
Sweet wort: water with malt sugars added to it but no hops yet.
Trub (pronounced 'troob'): the protein / yeast / hop gunk left over from the brewing process.
Pitch (as in pitching yeast): Add.
Beer: Wort that has had alcohol added to it through the fermentation process.
Krausen (pronounced 'croyzen'): The foamy stuff on top of fermenting beer.
RDWHAHB: "Relax, don't worry - have a home brew!"
BDMA: "Bubbles don't mean anything."
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You may also want to check out MoreBeer.

Something you can also do is look over their ingredients that they use in the kit and buy it separately if you want to save a couple of dollars. You can also skip the Irish moss and corn sugar for priming (carbing), which would save a little more.

What styles of beer do you enjoy the most?

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