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Old 11-28-2012, 12:22 AM   #11
Oct 2012
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The easiest first brew with decent results will be an extract pale ale with a single hops. You can find about a zillion recipes around.

That was NOT my first batch, but it is what I went to when I got frustrated with all the recipes with lots of ingredients and lots of steps.

Another option would be to look at chapter one of either Palmer or Papazian, and just follow the instructions in the book.

The Palmer one is even online at
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:50 AM   #12
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I'm finding research is your best friend in this obsession. This place is a plethora of information and I'm surprised I haven't wore out the search engine when reading.

Just about any starter kit from the major HB companies would be good (Austin, Midwest, Northern Brewer, Williams, etc.) I got mine from Northern Brewer.

One thing I would like to add is, don't be afraid to splurge on a good kettle. When I bought my kit, I also added in the cost of a 5 gallon kettle. I regret not going bigger for doing full volume boils since most kits are based on 5 gallons.

Oh, and if you get on YouTube alot, avoid any of those home brew videos done by "Take Some Advice." Scary stuff.

Good luck!
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:27 AM   #13
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If you don't have a brewing set up yet then any of the previous sites mentioned put together good kits. Midwest occasionally has a great Groupon offer and when it's out it's usually mentioned on this site!

You will need a kettle, get a good one and get a bigger one than 5 gallons. You'll also need a sanitizer. Kits come with cleaners but not sanitizer. Star San or Iodophors are pretty much the standard recommendations.

Pale Ales are super easy and hard to screw up so find a kit with extract and steeping grains with the ABV you desire. Get a good yeast like SO5 or a liquid strain(you will need to learn about starters if you go liquid)

Read palmer's "How to Brew" as mentioned!!!!

Search for late extract additions and your beers color and flavor will be more true to the beer.

Have fun and ask questions! Welcome and cheers!
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:32 AM   #14
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My first brew was Northern Brewer Caribou Slobber. There's a good video on YouTube for how to brew it and it turned out good despite typical noob mistakes. I recommend it.
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:41 AM   #15
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Northern brewer has a special right now. Buy a 5 gallon kettle and ingredient kit you get a free $80 starter kit
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:44 AM   #16
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One of my first brews was a True Brew Porter kit. It's pretty simple and turned out well, although several people have reported that it never seems to get down to the final gravity the kit claims. Pair that up with a good starter equipment kit and you'll be good to go!

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Old 11-28-2012, 04:21 AM   #17
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I did a brewer's best witbier kit. I would reccomend staying away from steeping grains the first time around. Not difficult, but an added step to screw up, freak out for 3 hours, then realize that it doesn't really matter in the long run. Stick to something you actually like drinking, so you know what it should taste like...
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:12 PM   #18
Jul 2011
Oklahoma City, OK
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As someone who has only done three (3) beers and a few wines, I would say - whatever you do - cool the wort to the temp specified in the recipe before adding yeast... and sanitize well.

I'd pick a pre-hopped, all-malt if you want something simple that tastes dern good too. Of course, most kits (even with multiple hop additions and steeping grains) are still really easy.

Welcome to the hobby. It's a delicious one!!

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