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Old 02-15-2012, 10:27 PM   #1
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Hello! I just bought my first brew kit, and I am brewing my first batch this Sunday. The kit came with an Autumn Amber Ale. Does anyone want to give a beginner some advice on what to do/not to do? I really appreciate it!

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Old 02-15-2012, 10:29 PM   #2
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Relax. Follow the instructions. Have a good time.

Don't worry about doing all of the advanced brewing stuff just yet


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Old 02-15-2012, 10:31 PM   #3
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Ok, that works for me! I appreciate your reply!

-Ritchie

 
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:33 PM   #4
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Don't Panic!
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Picture a calm blue ocean...
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:33 PM   #5
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Read the directions a bunch of times before you brew. Have everything you need laid out ahead of time. Don't forget to take an OG. Don't forget to take a FG.....before you add the yeast. Don't add yeast untill the wort is cooled to around 70*. Keep a spray bottle of water handy to knock down foam to prevent boilovers. Have sanitizer on hand....use it on everything that will touch the cooled wort. MOST IMPORTANT! Have beer on hand to drink while you brew!!
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:34 PM   #6
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Quote:
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Don't Panic!
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Picture a calm blue ocean...
Haha, I will picture that blue ocean!

 
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:36 PM   #7
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Haha, I will picture that blue ocean!
WhiteEagle1 has some more constructive advice, but, it is true, the key thing to do for this first batch is relax and have fun. The chances of it being drinkable beer are good, the chances of something going catastrophically wrong are actually fairly low.
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:37 PM   #8
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Relax. Follow the instructions. Have a good time.

Don't worry about doing all of the advanced brewing stuff just yet
^This.

And remember that anything your post-boil wort touches has to be sanitized. Aside from that, beer is pretty tough to screw up.

Cheers, and have fun!
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:38 PM   #9
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Star San is my advice. if your bored I am going to be posting links to a short series of 10-15 minute "short-movie" I made showing literally everything I did with a brewers best robust porter kit. Ill be posting the links in the general discussion section. also...ask questions,ppl here are great and have great answers. I am new to this and I gained a lot of confidence just talking to these fine folks at HBT cheers

 
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:41 PM   #10
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Depending on the kit.....
If the extract is hopped (some canned extract) don't boil that portion.
If you have to steep grains, keep the temp in the 150-160 range, don't boil
Turn the flame off prior to mixing extract so it does't scortch
Don't fret about all the trub from the kettle going into the fermenter...it just looks gross
DO NOT TAKE YOUR EYES OFF BOILING WORT, especially if your kettle is more than 1/2 full of liquid.
Be patient waiting for fermentation to begin...it can take awhile. Keep you wort temp as close to 67-68F as possible during fermentation.
Wait at least a week after fermentation begins to worry about a FG reading.

RDWHAHB

Have a blast!!!!


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