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Old 12-26-2012, 10:08 PM   #1
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Just got my Mr. Beer Kit Yesterday from my Family new at this whole brewing thing and guess a little nervous any pointers for a noob?

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Old 12-26-2012, 10:45 PM   #2
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I started brewing with Mr Beer 3 1/2 years ago and quickly learned a few things to do differently via this forum.

1. Let the beer sit longer than 1 week in the fermentor. I recommend 2-3 weeks at a minimum so the yeast can clean up after themselves.
2. Use a different brewing yeast than what comes with the brewing kit. If you can find a local brew shop selling US-05 dry yeast then 1/2 a packet would be good.
3. Be careful on how much sugar you add to the bottles for carbonation. Too much and you can have exploding bottle bombs.
4. Let the carbonation process go for 2-3 weeks at room temp prior to putting these into the refrigerator.
5. Don't get discouraged too quickly.

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Old 12-26-2012, 10:51 PM   #3
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Right on man! I agree with last post. Also, go to home brew supply shop and talk to those guys. There might be a club you can Jon too.
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How to Brew by John Palmer. Buy it, skim it, look at it every day. Over time, as you brew more, it'll make sense. It's by far the best, most comprehensive brewing book.

Read as much as you can on this forum, especially under the Extract Brewing section, Beginners Brewing, and of course the epic Mr. Beer Thread.

By the way, there are lots of homebrewing forums out there. I'll save you some time and tell you right now that this is the best one.
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How to Brew by John Palmer. Buy it, skim it, look at it every day. Over time, as you brew more, it'll make sense. It's by far the best, most comprehensive brewing book.

Read as much as you can on this forum, especially under the Extract Brewing section, Beginners Brewing, and of course the epic Mr. Beer Thread.

By the way, there are lots of homebrewing forums out there. I'll save you some time and tell you right now that this is the best one.
I also got that book for Christmas so I will definitely look into it.
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Found a room that has no sunlight and humidity is low, but it stays about 60F will this work. Its actually the best spot I have at the moment?
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To me those conitions are just right. Wish I had a room like that.
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Found a room that has no sunlight and humidity is low, but it stays about 60F will this work. Its actually the best spot I have at the moment?
That'll be great. Fermentation is exothermic, which means it gives off heat. So, your fermenters will be closer to 65, which is right where I do all of my ales.
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Thanks for the input I guess that is where I will work out of then.
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Looking to start brewing tonight I have a 5qt calphalon pot that we normally use for soup will I be okay to use this for my first batch or do I need to buy another one?


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