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Old 12-23-2010, 05:54 PM   #1
Dec 2010
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what would be the best first beer i know it woould be from an extract kit but would it be a lager or ale and any other specifics

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Old 12-23-2010, 05:56 PM   #2
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Unless you have temp control, which most brewer's don't have just starting out, then a lager is out of the question.

Ales are more room temp tolerant.
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Old 12-23-2010, 06:02 PM   #3
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I'd do a pale ale. Pretty simple and you can get introduced to the world of hops too.
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Old 12-23-2010, 06:05 PM   #4
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How about a style that you like but that isn't too complicated? It will be a big confidence booster if you produce something pretty good on the first try. Maybe stay away from really big beers, adjuncts, and extras like fruit, coffee, chocolate, liquor, etc.

It was dumb luck, but for my first brew I chose to do a hoppier than normal amber ale with just cascades. It was nothing amazing, but it was much better than what I thought was possible, having had no homebrewing friends at the time. It really got me jazzed about the hobby.

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Old 12-23-2010, 06:09 PM   #5
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i did a true brew amber ale. i am convinced the recipe is garbage as every time i have tried one made from that kit by other people, it's tasted like crap.

+1 to brewing a pale ale.
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Old 12-23-2010, 06:19 PM   #6
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Don't do a high alcohol beer, as it will take a long time until it tastes good. My first beer is a year old right now and is just finally tasting right. Do an amber or pale ale.

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Old 12-23-2010, 06:22 PM   #7
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+1 Pale Ale

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Old 12-23-2010, 06:31 PM   #8
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Pale ale would be good.

Many say to do a wheat beer first because they're more tolerant to mistakes. While that's probably true and they are good beers, it really doesn't teach you anything about what you did right or wrong.

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Old 12-23-2010, 06:41 PM   #9
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I say brew something you like. Whatever you like is probably what you're most comfortable with and will see mistakes in.

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Old 12-23-2010, 06:43 PM   #10
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Any Ale.

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