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Old 09-23-2012, 04:27 PM   #1
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Hi there I am very new to making beer. I have made a lot of wine and love experimenting and now I'm going to give the beer making a try. I thought I'd start with a kit, so I have one now, it's a "blonde" beer. I have read a few threads where people are adding different spices and flavors to their beers but i think they are making theirs from scratch. So my question would be can I add lime or lemon juice to my beer kit or because it's a kit should I just follow directions exactly for my first attempt?

 
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:53 PM   #2
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If you think you know more than the professional brewers that put the recipe together, go ahead; if not, I wouldn't meddle with it

 
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:56 PM   #3
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I'd recommend sticking with the recipe & focus more on the process of making beer versus wine. After a few batches under your belt, you can get a little more adventurous. To start, it'd be better for you to focus on things like sanitation, brew day steps, proper fermentation temps throughout, etc.

 
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:41 PM   #4
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Thank you!

 
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:40 PM   #5
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Fresh Lemon zest and it doesnt take much. Use organic and wash well like i was told. You expierament as much as you want do not listen to half the people here they play with kits and bud that aint a home brewer thats a part exchanger. If ya can read you can brew a kit. Want a challenge brew your own. Now get in there and expierament! Just my two cents

Edit: and im not saying kits are bad just dont limit yourself.

 
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:48 PM   #6
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thanks to you lol

 
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:03 PM   #7
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I agree with mtk. Make that beer your own. That advice doesn't come without the warning though. Do the research. Make sure you are doing it correctly. I also agree that you need to learn how to change hats to brewing beer vs. wine. Get your process down. Learn about fermenting beer (temps, etc). Focus on cleanliness and sanitation. But please don't lose creativity and your want to do something different. That's what I LOVE about this hobby. Working on a green olive ale soon.

 
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:13 PM   #8
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Working on a green olive ale soon.
Strange how that sounds interesting and nasty at the same time
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:39 PM   #9
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I have found that people either love or hate the idea of green olive beer. Kind of like the opinion of green olives as a whole. People either love the sh1t out of them or they can't stand them. I'm on the loving side.

 
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:53 PM   #10
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When brewing a kit, I am aiming to duplicate the intended beer mostly to test my own process. That being said, I do believe in creative brewing, and after tasting the finished brew I may wish to make a second batch for the purpose of experimentation. Hell, my friends and I can suffer thru occasional strange flavors in the name of great progress. Cheers

 
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