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Old 01-19-2010, 11:48 PM   #21
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Simple, but perfectly drinkable beer:

6 lbs light dry malt extract. dissolve in 2-3 gallons of water and bring to a boil.
1 oz hops (pick one) - boil for an hour.
1oz hops (pick one) - add to the last 15 minutes of the boil.
cool to room temperature, pour into your fermentor and add water to make a total of 5 gallons.
pitch in a packet of dry yeast (nottingham, safale so-5)

wait.

 
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Old 01-20-2010, 01:01 PM   #22
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Now does the AAU's matter on the Hops? That sounds very easy!

 
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:32 PM   #23
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yes and no. You said you wanted something really simple to brew, right? In that case, why not try a basic mid-range AAU hop (5-8%).
Make sure to keep detailed notes of what you're using. Once you've got your first basic batch completed and you've tasted it you should be able to begin tweaking it for future batches.
Too bitter? lower the AAUs by selecting a milder hop or using less for the 60 minute boil.
Too sweet? Use more bittering hops or less malt extract.
Too light (color, flavor) use a darker DME or try adding some steeping grains.

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Old 01-21-2010, 12:00 AM   #24
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Awesome man. I think that was the most helpfull post Ive gotten so far. Thank you!

 
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Old 01-21-2010, 12:43 AM   #25
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Robsbrew, I love DrDirts advice so I would try that first, but another suggestion is to buy a good quality kit. I drink a lot of porters (especially this time of year) so I bought a Brewers Brest Robust Porter kit. It had all the ingredients ready to go and the beer came out Great. The timeline was a little rushed (one week before bottling) but after 3 weeks in the bottle it was good and only got better until I finished it off 5 weeks later.

My LHBS puts their own kits together and I plan on trying one of them soon.
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Old 01-31-2010, 04:16 AM   #26
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can I use half od this recipe and make 2.5 gallons for my first batch? I will probably be the only one drinking my beer untill I can make it tasty.

 
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Old 02-04-2010, 12:05 AM   #27
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Now what about yeast? I am doing a half batch tomorow and really am not sure of what yeast to use? I am doing a very simple recipe:

3#'s Bries Amber DME
1oz. cascade 60 min
1/2oz. saaz 15 min.
Thats it. Thats my batch for tomorow? Now what yeast should I use in my batch?

 
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Old 02-04-2010, 12:58 AM   #28
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WLP001 California Ale Yeast is a good all-around yeast and with the smaller sized batch you are making I would just pitch the tube "by instructions on vial" without any starter and roll with it. just me opinion.
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Old 02-04-2010, 04:03 AM   #29
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I like whiskey_pickle's advice, but there are 2 different directions you could go with yeast. Pick a clean, good clean yeast like california ale or another simple ale yeast (English WPL002 and British WPL005 are nice) and learn about the flavor profile of the DME and hops OR pick a more exotic yeast like a Trappist (WPL500) or Belgian (WPL550) and see how much the yeast impacts profile. Honestly, I would brew the same ingredients but 2 different yeasts and you could find out a lot!
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Old 02-04-2010, 04:55 AM   #30
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IMO your best bet is to start with a kit. however I finally got around to my first boil last week and it is ridiculously simple. like the recipe above says:

boil water
add malt extact
add 2oz Cascade Hops
half an hour after that add 1oz Williamettes
wait 15 mins then cool in a tub with cold water
throw it in the fermenter
add the White Labs Yeast WLP002
seal up and wait for a while

If your keeping it simple its as hard as making toast, that's if your toaster takes half an hour to allow you time to get the butter ready

 
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