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Old 12-06-2006, 01:47 AM   #1
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As you can tell by the thread I am posting in I am a aspiring brewer and I am curious as to what the easiest type of beer to make is for a beginner. I have done a little reasearch and from what I can see there are kits that require boiling of ingredients and those that don't. Is there a big taste difference between the two kits? Is it really that difficult to make the kits that require boiling? Which kit will have the quickest results, ie. which will I be able to drink sooner? Any and all advice is appreciated. Thanks.

 
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Old 12-06-2006, 02:19 AM   #2
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A Brown in the range specific gravity of 1.040 will be drinkable in four weeks. Boiling the wort isn't a big deal and will taste better, largely because you are adding hops during the boil, rather than depending on hop oils and extracts.
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Old 12-06-2006, 12:55 PM   #3
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If you're looking for a specific easy kit, try Brewer's Best kits. They have very easy instructions, and are complete when you buy them. I've used the English Brown, the English Pale, and the Red. All make very good beer. They require boiling in a 2.5 gallon or so batch, and then you add water to make 5 gallons. That would be a good starter type beer to make.

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Old 12-06-2006, 01:02 PM   #4
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My $.02...

Brown ales are often recommended because they're easy and will be drinkable sooner than most other styles.

However, hoppier styles, like an American or English style pale ale, are a little better at masking any small flaws in the final product. So I think you can make an excellent case for this approach in selecting a first brew.

I'd probably go with one of these aproaches--according to which style you prefer.
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Old 12-06-2006, 03:31 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. Are the Brown Ales you recomend similar to New Castle?

 
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Old 12-06-2006, 06:27 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info. Are the Brown Ales you recomend similar to New Castle?
It is my understanding that the Brewer's Best Brown Ale tastes very similiar to Newcastle. Anyone care to confirm?

 
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Old 12-06-2006, 06:29 PM   #7
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It is my understanding that the Brewer's Best Brown Ale tastes very similiar to Newcastle. Anyone care to confirm?
Send me some and I'll tell you.

Newcastle Brown is my port in a storm if a pub doesn't serve cask ale.
So I've got through a few in the past.
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Old 12-06-2006, 06:34 PM   #8
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Most extract ale kits that you can get from Midwest, ABS or Northern Brewer are beginner kits and they're all pretty easy. You have grains, extract hops and sometimes something extra. They all come premeasured and with good instructions.

Instead of just looking for something easy, I'd try something you like. You'll end up being much happier with the final product and if you follow the instructions and have read the first Chapter of Palmer's 'How to Brew', you should have no problems.
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Old 12-06-2006, 06:36 PM   #9
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To be honest with you I'd make whatever the hell you want. If you can boil water, use a thermometer, and clean stuff... you can make whatever beer you want. Drink commercial beer while your first batch ferments and conditions. Its worth the wait. Have one uncarbo'd beer when you bottle, another a couple days after its been on bottles, and save the rest for another couple weeks down the road. I buy beer in kits of two or more. I generally always have at least one fermenting... this week I bottled 10 gallons including a stout that needs to condition so i'm waiting a week to start the munich
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It is my understanding that the Brewer's Best Brown Ale tastes very similiar to Newcastle. Anyone care to confirm?

Yes, it does. I had Newcastle in one glass and the Brewer's Best English Brown Ale in the other. My husband actually PREFERRED the homebrew. He said it tasted very similar, but the HB was fresher and more complex.

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