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Old 04-07-2013, 01:51 AM   #1
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I am very new to brewing I have made a few hard ciders. I am wanting to try a beer now. Does anyone have a good easy recipe for a beginner?



 
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:59 AM   #2
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Here is a kit sold by MoreBeer! that requires no specialty grains and a very easy hop schedule. I don't think it gets much simpler than this American Wheat kit ($25ish)

http://morebeer.com/images/file.php?file_id=881



 
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:01 AM   #3
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That's kind of a tall order but I will try to help. Let's start with a few questions.

1. What type of equipment do you have? Are you looking for an extract recipe, partial mash, all grain?
2. What style of beer would you like to brew? IPA, Amber ale, Stout, etc.

As a general rule most kits from places like More Beer, Austins, and Northern Brewer are pretty easy and proven recipes. The directions that come with these kits leave a lot to be desired.

 
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:03 AM   #4
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You might want to check out some of the kit offerings from Northern Brewer and other homebrew suppliers to get the hang of the boils and all the other things involved with beer making, and it will let you see how to make beers of the styles that you enjoy.

If you want to jump right into recipes, check out the HBT recipe forums. Extract recipes are generally easier and might be a good place to start; they're not much harder than doing ciders but introduce you to hop boils. Partial-mash and all-grain are possible too but you probably want to work up to these. I have just started tinkering with all grain for rather small beers and it can take a lot of practice to keep it from being a horrendous mess.

Have fun!

 
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:07 AM   #5
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Thread really tasty beer simple recipe and fast turn around

 
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:08 AM   #6
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Thread really tasty beer simple recipe and fast turn around
Say what?

 
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:00 AM   #7
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That's kind of a tall order but I will try to help. Let's start with a few questions.

1. What type of equipment do you have? Are you looking for an extract recipe, partial mash, all grain?
2. What style of beer would you like to brew? IPA, Amber ale, Stout, etc.

As a general rule most kits from places like More Beer, Austins, and Northern Brewer are pretty easy and proven recipes. The directions that come with these kits leave a lot to be desired.
I have a 5 gal brew kettle, 2 5 gal carboys 2 1 gal carboys, hydrometer and everything you need to rack and bottle

 
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:01 AM   #8
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Are there? There's gazillions of them! Well, okay... If I put myself back two months...

Okay. Finding recipes is easy but they can seem intimidating the first time. That's because they give the ingredients and basic instructions and assume you know what you are doing. I sure as heck didn't.

But your basic brewing kits usually come with well-written step by step instructions. *These* are invaluable for the first time brewer.

The Northern Brewer Kits have instructions you can view on line. Select a kit (say American Amber) and if you click on the "Additional Information" tag and there will be a link to recipe instructions. (Okay, the American Amber is maybe a bit more complicated than one would like [only because of the second fermentation and that it takes a full month] but read another.)

My first beer was an American Amber but with the kit developed by my local brew shop. It was quite good. I can post the recipe and instructions if you like. (Or I could give a plug for you to buy it from them; my shop has been *wonderful* to me.) But I'm sure you'll find a good recipe on your own.

Good luck.

 
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:08 AM   #9
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Me: But your basic brewing kits usually come with well-written step by step instructions. *These* are invaluable for the first time brewer.

DerekJ: The directions that come with these kits leave a lot to be desired.

Oh, well.

I guess what I liked as a first time brewer was simply having instructions at all. I think the instructions by my local shop were somewhat better written than the average. They were great to have when I didn't know what I was doing. And once I did, I figured I could ignore them when I needed to.

 
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:19 AM   #10
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I have a 5 gal brew kettle, 2 5 gal carboys 2 1 gal carboys, hydrometer and everything you need to rack and bottle
Also I'm looking at getting a grain bag



 
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