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Old 12-03-2012, 09:05 PM   #1
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My Deluxe homebrew kit finally arrived today. What a great birthday present! My initial (first-ever) batch will be an Irish Red and I am very excited.

My question is, since I like all beer styles and want my family and friends to enjoy my homebrew as well what kind of beer kit should I look to buy for my 2nd and 3rd batches? I want to have some diversity. What is a good (non-Irish-Red) beer to make for my next batch or two?

I realize this question is kind of open ended but hopefully I can have another batch brewing, come bottling day in 3 weeks or so. Thanks in advance.


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Old 12-03-2012, 09:09 PM   #2
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I think that 2 beer styles will be appreciated by almost any beer drinker, even the ones that only drink light beer and Corona;

1. English Brown Ale (mellow, malty, not overly bitter or harsh)

2. American Pale Ale (mellow, hoppy flavor, will please hop lovers and will be drinkable by everyone else). I think a Pale Ale is probably the easiest beer for a beginner to brew. Highly hopped beer tends to hide any flavor problems in the malt portion of the profile with hop bitterness. Hops also discourage bacteria from taking hold in enough quantity to cause problems. It's pretty hard to make a bad pale ale from a known recipe even as a beginner.


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Old 12-03-2012, 09:11 PM   #3
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Go to NorthernBrewer.com and browse their extract kits. There are many other online brew supply places too, but I use them a lot. You'll find some great ideas.
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I go along w/the "simple" brews. A brown ale, a pale ale or an IPA. Get the system down pat before doing more complicated brews, but then if you are doing extract kits it's really hard to screw them up. Extract is pretty straight forward. Just ferment about 3 weeks and bottle condition about the same. Disreguard the kit instructions that say fermenting is done is a week and a half. Also no need to use secondary.

Besure you sanitize carefully that's one area that beginners can slip on.
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You could go with a clone of something like Fat Tire, it's a easy drinking beer that most everybody likes.
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+1 for English Brown Ale.

It's pretty much ready from start to finish in 3 weeks, also. Good for beginners who haven't learned the patience it takes for beer
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My kit has the bucket for Primary, and glass carboy for Secondary. The kit instructions for Midwest Supply seemed pretty detailed as far as when to go from primary to secondary, and secondary to bottling. Should I keep the beer in longer?

I also used to think the whole "sanitary" think wasn't that big of a deal but months of reading up on this it seems to be quite the opposite.

Thanks for the suggestions, the more the better!
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You definitely can't go wrong with keeping it longer in the primary.
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As a general rule of thumb:

Leave your beer in primary for at least 3 weeks before bottling.

There is really no need to secondary unless you are adding other flavorings to the beer. Transferring a second time just leads to increased chanced of oxidation of the beer (NOT GOOD)

One of the biggest thing beginners don't realize is that ales need to ferment at about 65 degrees which is the temperature of the beer itself, not the air temp in your fermentation area! Beer creates heat when it ferments so the beer can get up to 8-10 degrees hotter than the air! This means you should ferment in a 57-60 degree room for the first few days! Unless you have a basement there is no easy way to maintain fermentation temp without a temp controlled enclosure. Just food for thought. Do some research on temp control. Very important for good tasting beer!
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My kit has the bucket for Primary, and glass carboy for Secondary. The kit instructions for Midwest Supply seemed pretty detailed as far as when to go from primary to secondary, and secondary to bottling. Should I keep the beer in longer?

I also used to think the whole "sanitary" think wasn't that big of a deal but months of reading up on this it seems to be quite the opposite.

Thanks for the suggestions, the more the better!
So in other words, you can have two batches going at once. Awesome!

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