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Old 09-17-2012, 11:26 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I am going to start brewing my own beer. I am looking for advice on a good starting kit to brew 8-12ish bottles of beer for starters. Are there different kits for different types? Preferably, I like wheat ales and in the future, I want to start adding different fruit flavors to them. Do you guys have any recommendations for a rookie like myself? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

 
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:31 PM   #2
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I started with Mr. Beer. It brews around 20 or so cheap and simple way to get started. Although it didn't take long for me to upgrade.
My advice with the Mr. Beer kit is skip the booster and add a pound of dme. PM me if you have any questions.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:54 PM   #3
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Which Mr. Beer option would you recommend for purchase? Should I get the one that comes with the plastic bottles, or should I buy the cheaper one and get glass bottles?

 
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:10 AM   #4
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Northern Brewer and Midwest both sell starter kits, with supplies you can reuse in subsequent batches; Mr. Beer is kind of a one-shot deal

8-12 bottles, you're probably looking at about a 1 gallon starter kit

 
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:17 AM   #5
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Which Mr. Beer option would you recommend for purchase? Should I get the one that comes with the plastic bottles, or should I buy the cheaper one and get glass bottles?
Personally I would not use the PET bottles. A case of bottles, caper, and caps will run about $30. But Personally I would just skip the Mr Beer. They are almost the same price look at this http://www.midwestsupplies.com/brewi...pment-kit.html This is all the kits http://www.midwestsupplies.com/homeb...-all-kits.html you can always buy a smaller carboy for secondary fermentation if your making a smaller batch. My buddy got the Mr. Beer now he wishes he got the 5Gal kit.

 
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:29 AM   #6
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Just go with Northern Brewer and jump into the five gallon extract batches. Read up on the process, it's easy enough.
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:41 AM   #7
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Just go with Northern Brewer and jump into the five gallon extract batches. Read up on the process, it's easy enough.
This, you'll be more happy probably. I can only imagine how much it would suck to have to brew and age a beer for 1-2 months for only a few bottles.

 
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:48 AM   #8
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Was it this forum where somebody was giving away a free starter kit? It was just yesterday too. Search a little on this forum you may get lucky..I'm loving my northern brewer kit. I do 5 gallon extract kits. Couldn't be happier.

 
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:55 AM   #9
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Was it this forum where somebody was giving away a free starter kit? It was just yesterday too. Search a little on this forum you may get lucky..I'm loving my northern brewer kit. I do 5 gallon extract kits. Couldn't be happier.
Searched and couldn't find it.

 
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Old 09-18-2012, 02:06 AM   #10
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The only thing I see that I like about the Mr. Beer is the fact that they have fruity beer recipes. I really want to get into brewing because I enjoy Blueberry, Raspberry, Citrus, etc. flavored wheat ales. I do not see these options with Northern Brewer. Do you guys have any recommendations for recipes that I could make fruit beers, or when to add fruit extracts w/ the Northern Brewer 5gal?

 
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