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Old 10-14-2011, 12:01 AM   #1
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Default Want to start brewing---Where do i start?

Looking at a kit from Northern Brewer. What's an easy/safe beer to start with? No IPAs.

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Old 10-14-2011, 12:21 AM   #2
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I take it you are starting with an extract brew? What kind of equipment do you have?

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Old 10-14-2011, 12:26 AM   #3
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Definitely start with extract, and I'd probably recommend a stout or porter for your first go-round. They do a better job of hiding minor flaws than a light colored beer can.

But do make sure you have down pat sanitation, pitching enough viable yeast, and fermentation temperature control.

And patience. That's probably the hardest skill to acquire.

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Nothing at this point. All research so far. Have found some ingredient kits that look user-friendly.

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Old 10-14-2011, 12:35 AM   #5
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I say brew an ale. Amber, Pale Ale, Cream Ale, Wit, all easy beers, pick an style that you know you like. Stay away from lagers or high gravity beers for a start.

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Old 10-14-2011, 12:43 AM   #6
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Any recommendations where I should go for ingredients? Online just as good as brew shops?

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Old 10-14-2011, 12:52 AM   #7
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They do a better job of hiding minor flaws than a light colored beer can.
I've found that pretty much every beer can hides minor flaws

Seriously though, pretty much do everything phenry said, especially the patience part.
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Starter kits a good way to go, or is it just a gimmick for people that don't know any better?

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Equipment starter kits.

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What beers do you like and why? Why no IPAs? Answers to these questions could help us to make recommendations that suit your tastes.
For example, phenry recommended a stout or porter. If I were starting out, and everybody recommended that I started with a stout or porter, I would probably give up because I don't like dark beers. That doesn't make him wrong. It just makes us different.

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