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Old 12-08-2011, 10:56 PM   #1
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Default Instructions for first brew

I wonder if someone could give a short list of first steps or maybe a link to somewhere I could find it.
For example:
1. Wash everything twice
2. Put water in pot
3. Turn on stove
Etc...


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Old 12-08-2011, 11:14 PM   #2
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You always want to check out the "sticky" threads at the top of each forum section. You will find what you are looking for there and more.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/begi...g-howto-99139/


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Old 12-08-2011, 11:16 PM   #3
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Well,you have to follow the recipe for the particular beer style you're brewing,1st of all. It's typically the times they list that are incorrect. But,basically,for apartial boil;
1) Get 2.5-3 gallons of water boiling in at least a 5G brew kettle. Preferably stainless steel. On my electric stove,that's wide open.
2) While that's getting going,measure out your hop additions into bowls &/or hop sacks/grain bags. Depending on pellet or whole leaf.
If using,say,a cooper's can with DME,then measure out half the DME (if multiple pounds are used) with a digital scale.
3) Make sure FV & anything that touches the beer is clean & sanitized.
4) When water boils (NO LID!),add the measured half of the DME,stiring to dissolve all clumps. There will be a mini hot break for a couple minutes. Unless you added wheat DME,then a big nasty one that'll need to be stirred down for 3 minutes or so.
5) Once that's done,Make you're hop additions. Keep the pot stirred up to where it's moving around all the time. I don't get scortching that way.
6) Once all hop additions are done & timer runs out,take the BK off the heat.
Add remaining DME,& all the can of LME. Rinse the can with some boiled water into the BK to get all the goodness. Stir the wort till no clumps of DME or no LME can be scraped off the bottom. Put a lid on the BK for 10-15 minutes so the heat can sanitize it.
7) Place the BK of wort in the sink,filling the empty spaces with ice,then top off with water. Use a thermometer to tell when the wort is chilled down to 65-70F. Put fermenter where it's going to sit,then place fine mesh strainer over the open fermenter & pour the wort & top off water through that. It'll aerate nicely,& strain out hops or grainy stuff at the same time. Stir the wort/top off water for 5 minutes solid to mix it well,& I mean stir roughly.
Take hydrometer sample,pitch yeast,seal & add airlock.
That's pretty much it for one way of brewing with both types of extract.
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Old 12-08-2011, 11:31 PM   #4
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Check out the extract recipe kits information on Northern Brewer's website.
Here is a link to their recipe instruction for their Extra Pale Ale.
http://www.northernbrewer.com/docume...traPaleAle.pdf

You can check out a recipe similar to what you want to brew and look for the "additional information" tab. Then under recipe and instructions there is a "click here!" this will give you a page with pretty good step by step instructions.
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Old 12-08-2011, 11:46 PM   #5
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Youtube has a bunch of informational How-To brew extract as well. Lots at your disposal. I, myself, like vids as a first step just to get the gyst of it. Then move into reading so that what you're reading actually makes some sense. Vids also go over basic terminology...typically anyways.
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Old 12-08-2011, 11:51 PM   #6
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Youtube has a bunch of informational How-To brew extract as well. Lots at your disposal. I, myself, like vids as a first step just to get the gyst of it. Then move into reading so that what you're reading actually makes some sense. Vids also go over basic terminology...typically anyways.
Yes, yt is very good for our hobby. At every stage from noob to very advanced.

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Old 12-29-2011, 07:54 PM   #7
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Thanks guys for the advice. We brewed a pale ale from True Brew about 36 hours ago. Can't wait!


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