Originally Posted by SubRoc
Howdy all, I am just looking to get started in home brewing and had a few questions.
The equipment I was looking at was the basic kit from MidSouth (gee that is the same guys I ordered all of my reloading supplies from). Is this a decent Kit at a decent price?
Type of beer - Which beer kit should I start with? I enjoy JD's Honey Brown and Shiner Bock.
I know I will have many more questions in the future and Hope I don't become a pain.
Thanks for all responses.
In my experience, both Honey Browns and Bocks are Lagers, and not for the average first-time brewer to do...but everybody is different. However, if you do plan on doing a lager on your first attempt, know that you need to find a way to keep it cool during primary and especially during secondary.
Why during primary? Lager yeasts work best at temps usually between 48 and 56 degrees - get much warmer than that and they will start producing off flavors. Why secondary? Lagers, by definition, need to be lagered (aged, or stored, which is what the word LAGER means) at near freezing temps for a while. So if you don't have facilities to do this temp controlling, I would back off a lager and brew an ale. Ales are a little easier, more forgiving in temperature variations, and the results are a little more error-tolerant than lagers.