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Old 01-04-2012, 05:30 PM   #1
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I'm new to home brewing and looking for recommendations for my first beer to brew. I'm a fan of stouts and heard that these are good to start with because they can hide some small mistakes better so at least you have a drinkable beer in the end. Would you recommend a stout as a first beer to brew? If so, any recommendations on a recipe? I've looked a bit through the stout forms and notice a lot of good stouts call for added coffee and/or chocolate. I assume I should avoid this for my first brew and keep it simple to just grains and malts. Thanks for your help.

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if you like coffee, i recommend the java stout from midwest. the coffee addition is a pretty easy additional step, but mine turned out really good...


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keep it simple and get a nice dry stout kit from one of the big guys, NB, Midwest, AHS, etc. dry stout is a great first beer, very easy, doesn't take very long 2+ weeks in the fermenter, 3 weeks in bottles.
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keep it simple and get a nice dry stout kit from one of the big guys, NB, Midwest, AHS, etc. dry stout is a great first beer, very easy, doesn't take very long 2+ weeks in the fermenter, 3 weeks in bottles.
+1 to this.. Make any beer that you are familiar with the style.. That way you know if it's good...
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Not a big fan of the dry stouts. I think I might look at a coffee stout. I think it won't be too bad if I'm just adding coffee rather then also adding chocolate like the breakfast stouts have.
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Not a big fan of the dry stouts. I think I might look at a coffee stout. I think it won't be too bad if I'm just adding coffee rather then also adding chocolate like the breakfast stouts have.
sure, a sweet stout is a good starter kit as well. some of the sweet stout kits available are chocolate stouts.

just noticed you're in grayslake, i grew up in the north burbs myself, lake forest, vernon hills and crystal lake to be specific.
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Northern Brewer Oatmeal Stout. Do it!
I want to brew this one next and throw it on the mystery tap.
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FYI, I plan on going all-grain so not looking for a kit but a good, simple recipe. I'll look for the java stout you mentioned.

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just noticed you're in grayslake, i grew up in the north burbs myself, lake forest, vernon hills and crystal lake to be specific.
Nice. I grew up in Libertyville, then lived in Chicago after college and now back in Grayslake. Got a few friends that moved up to Minneapolis.
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Isn't their Oatmeal Stout a partial mash? If so not impossible, but it will require a little more effort and planning.
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Nice. I grew up in Libertyville, then lived in Chicago after college and now back in Grayslake. Got a few friends that moved up to Minneapolis.
hah! small world. my last place there before i moved was a condo in vernon hills, right by Hawthorne Mall. you mention libertyville, and i'm thinking how much i miss the Firkin on milwaukee ave!


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