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Old 01-02-2012, 10:06 PM   #1
Nov 2011
Durham, NC
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Hey guys I saw one of these on a bike forum that im a member of and i figured it would be a VERY informative thread for the newbie. I learned more in reading 5min of that one thread than my entire 2 months as a member.

So I'll start it off

I WISH SOMEONE TOLD ME.... To just spend the extra 20 bucks for the kit with a glass carboy and autosiphon...

And of course, to RDWHAHB

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Old 01-02-2012, 10:09 PM   #2
May 2011
Swanton, OH
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I wish someone told me...........forget about buying a 5-gal pot. Go with a 10-gal instead.

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Old 01-02-2012, 10:17 PM   #3
Apr 2011
Little Egg Harbor, NJ
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Not to buy the 1 gallon kits I ordered originally. Not that they weren't nice but the day after my wife sent me the groupon for the 5 gallon kit. Oh well the jug works well for trying new yeast and eventually for trying a sour.

I wish I had known about starters and swamp coolers when I started.

I also wish that when I had ordered some of my equipment I had gone all in so to speak. For example I wish I had gotten a 15 gallon instead of a 10 gallon kettle. And also I wish I had just coughed up the money for a valve and thermometer in the first place. I usually do 5 gallon batches but now I have got people asking me to make beer for special occasions and it would be great to be able to knock out 2 5 gallon kegs in one batch.

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Old 01-02-2012, 11:52 PM   #4
Dec 2011
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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I wish someone had told me not to go for a pee after watching my kettle for 45 mins without a boil. My poor stove

I wish someone had told me I wouldn't be able to drink commercial BMC anymore. Tastes like skunky piss water now.

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Old 01-03-2012, 12:01 AM   #5
Sep 2011
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Boiling wort is like driving. If you take your eyes off the task at hand, you risk an easily avoidable tragedy.
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:05 AM   #6
Feb 2011
Marshall, MI
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I WISH SOMEONE TOLD ME.... It's addictive. You will spend you're free time (and money) reading about homebrew, writing recipes, cleaning, building equipment, fixing equipment, cleaning, reading forums, listening to podcasts, and did I mention cleaning.

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Old 01-03-2012, 12:07 AM   #7
Dec 2010
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Wish someone had told me you can't save money by homebrewing.

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Old 01-03-2012, 01:06 AM   #8
Oct 2011
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Cheap kettle makers lie. If it says 20 quarts, expect 16 if the pot costs under $20.

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Old 01-03-2012, 01:11 AM   #9
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That you'll probably need to start taking sleeping pills before bed otherwise you'll just lay there thinking about your next setup, DIY project, recipe, etc. Then 2 hours later you'll realize you better fall asleep because you have to be up in 5 hours!
"24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence?"
-- Stephen Wright

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Old 01-03-2012, 02:02 AM   #10
Nov 2011
Barksdale AFB, LA
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I wish someone had told me
You DON'T have to spend a million bucks on the fancy stuff. Plastic buckets work just as well (if not better) than the glass carboys.
Rick ..
C-n-Stars HomeBrew

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