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Old 02-03-2010, 12:47 AM   #1
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Default What to brew for my official 2nd batch of beer?

Hello to all!! My name is Evan and I am new to the forums. I just recently got into brewing and I'm already hooked. For my first batch (officially unofficially titled Batch #00001) I went with a Brewer's Best kit in an English Brown Ale style. I'll be bottling this weekend.

I'm ready to start my second batch right away and I need a suggestion for a good recipe. I'd like a good recipe that does not involve buying another kit, but I also need to keep it simple. Right now I would say my capabilities are Extract PLUS (I am capable of steeping grains, adding LME and DME, and hops).

Also whatever recipe I choose is going to be in honor of my favorite show's last season: LOST!!

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Old 02-03-2010, 12:55 AM   #2
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I highly suggest going with another kit. Good kits make great beer.

What do you like to drink?

PS LOST is the BOMB! I can't wait to see what happened. I sure hope John Locke is still alive. He's my favorite character.

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Old 02-03-2010, 01:00 AM   #3
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I don't know anything about LOST but St. Patty's day is coming so how about a stout?

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Old 02-03-2010, 01:05 AM   #4
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I don't know anything about LOST but St. Patty's day is coming so how about a stout?
That's probably a better idea! So I'm officially now looking for a good stout recipe. Something a little bit different than the norm preferably.

Good to see a fellow southeastern PA'er in the house!!
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:53 AM   #5
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Also whatever recipe I choose is going to be in honor of my favorite show's last season: LOST!!
You and I have a lot in common, friend. I too just bottle my first brew (two weeks ago). It was also Brewer's Best English Brown Ale. And my favorite show? You guessed it! For my second brew, I chose another BB kit. Red Ale.

ps.. spoiler alert...


OMG! Neo-Locke is the smoke monster!
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Old 02-03-2010, 02:10 AM   #6
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Midwest supplies has a pretty good Oatmeal stout a buddy of mine made a couple of months ago. Just a suggestion is you buy from Midwest is to buy more than one if you can because you save a BUNCH on shipping.

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Old 02-03-2010, 02:20 AM   #7
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I too am a beginning brewer with 3 batches under my belt and another in the fermenter. I took the approach to identify the problems I had in the brewing process, then brew another batch of the same thing, fixing the problems. Note the defects in the brew, try to find the causes and fix them. After I get it consistent I intend to vary types and amounts of extract, hops, and yeast. I am using the Australian Sparkling Ale recipe from Papazian, he calls it Fair Dinkum something or other.

I think that brewing the same recipe until you get it consistent will reduce the number of variables in trying to optimize your brewing process. It is hard to find out what you need to improve if you can't compare the same thing from batch to batch. So brew another Brewer's Best Brown Ale. You may wish to procure the components separately as the yeast and hops may be fresher direct form the homebrew supply store's refrigerator than in the kit on the shelf.

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Old 02-03-2010, 03:35 AM   #8
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One of my homebrewing buddies made an Imperial Stout that was freaking amazing. It took about 3 months to get there, but it was awesome.

Check out this link to see what the brew looks like and a link to the kit. It was awesome!

Review of Northern Brewers Imperial Stout Kit

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What kind of stout do you like? There are several varieties including dry stout, sweet stout, American stout, foreign extra stout, Russian imperial stout, and several other variations of those.

What commercial stout do you like?

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What kind of stout do you like? There are several varieties including dry stout, sweet stout, American stout, foreign extra stout, Russian imperial stout, and several other variations of those.

What commercial stout do you like?

Eric
To be honest I've never met a stout I didn't like. Commercially I'll drink Guiness, Victory Storm King, Troegs Oatmeal, and one of the most interesting beers I've ever had was Blue Point Sour Cherry Imperial Stout.

I think I'm leaning towards making an oatmeal stout.
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