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Old 01-30-2010, 03:14 AM   #1
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Default 1st brew: All extract or Kit w/grains?

Hey brewers,

First off, I am glad I stumbled upon this site. I am looking forward to the wealth of information on this site.

I have been reading "The complete joy of Home Brewing" and have a question. The author suggests making your first brew from a hop "flavored" malt extract, and nothing else.

Would you recommend doing that, or do you think I would be ok trying a kit recipe like this one: http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...ract-kit.html?

I would prefer to try the latter of the two, but I don't want to skip any crucial steps along my journey of homebrewing.

Also, any idea where I can get some clear plastic tubing/hosing?

Thanks in advance for any information you can offer!


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Old 01-30-2010, 03:41 AM   #2
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Make the extract kit with grains. It will be a better product. Here is a local store in your city

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Old 01-30-2010, 03:41 AM   #3
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I did my first brew(Full boil)about a month ago,and had no problems with some grains and hops.I just planned well and turned out good beer i think.If i were you,I'd go with the kit from Nb.

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Old 01-30-2010, 04:26 AM   #4
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Just picked up six kits at NB the other week; one all extract, one partial mash, four extract with specialty grains.

Love the specialty grains--I would definitely advise you to embrace any opportunity to incorporate grains prior to moving to AG.
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Old 01-30-2010, 05:09 AM   #5
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I've never done an all extract kit. It is simple to add specialty grains. Go that route.
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Old 01-30-2010, 06:21 AM   #6
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Another vote for specialty grains. Sure, it's another step, but with all extract, especially hopped extract, you might not feel like you're really doing that much. But that's just my opinion.
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Old 01-30-2010, 04:29 PM   #7
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yet another vote for specialty grains. My first kit contained grains. My next attempt is an a la carte recipe, no kit, just went to the lhmbs and picked out the ingredients from the recipe I plan to use.

It really is simple, pretty much anyone could do it.
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Old 01-30-2010, 04:49 PM   #8
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Another vote for the speciality grain kit you are looking at from Northern Brewer. Tell me how it goes, I'm looking for a recipe to do in about 3 weeks once my Pilsner gets out of the primary in a couple weeks.
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Old 01-30-2010, 04:54 PM   #9
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Go with the specialty grains. It is as easy as steeping tea.
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I agree, steeping some grain is not hard. I don't feel there's anything wrong with doing an all extract kit or a hopped extract. I even do them occasionally, but for a first time home brew experience I think steeping a little grain might be a little more, oh, I don't know, fulfilling I guess.

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