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Old 05-12-2013, 10:41 PM   #1
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I am already shopping for my very first kit for beer. I am stuck between American Ale and Galaxy Extra Pale. Any tips for me on either of these or other suggestions on what sort would be a good starting point for a raw newbie?
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:31 PM   #2
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Both are a good choice, they're both fairly straightforward kits. I say the pale ale, but only because I like that style better. Choose the one YOU would rather drink.
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:37 PM   #3
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That's good advice. Choose based on what you prefer to drink! There's nothing extraordinary about either if those brews, so it's your call! Here's a thought- get both!
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:21 AM   #4
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Thanks, ya'll, for the advice. I doubt I'll be turning out anything novel or exceptional for awhile, if ever, but it's nice to know where to start. Do you have anything approximating a mashing stage with extract kits or do they go directly to the boil when you start them? I am wondering if you can add additional flavorings to them, once you do them once or twice to get a baseline.
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:12 AM   #5
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Thanks, ya'll, for the advice. I doubt I'll be turning out anything novel or exceptional for awhile, if ever, but it's nice to know where to start. Do you have anything approximating a mashing stage with extract kits or do they go directly to the boil when you start them? I am wondering if you can add additional flavorings to them, once you do them once or twice to get a baseline.
There's nothing wrong with using kits in the beginning...they aren't always exciting but we all have to start somewhere and it gives you a chance to establish a routine for your brewing procedures. You may have some grains (usually crystal malt) to steep for a 1/2 hour or so before you heat to a boil, but otherwise everything goes right into the boil. If you want to give it a personal touch, you could always buy some extra hops for dry-hopping, or add fruit or spices depending on the style.

 
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:37 AM   #6
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That's good advice. Choose based on what you prefer to drink! There's nothing extraordinary about either if those brews, so it's your call! Here's a thought- get both!
Good advice!!!!

Just start with AG. My friends started with extract and made me do AG from the start. It's an extra hour of your life each brew day and you can make dog biscuits with the spent grain!

 
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:38 AM   #7
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Good advice!!!!

Just start with AG. My friends started with extract and made me do AG from the start. It's an extra hour of your life each brew day and you can make dog biscuits with the spent grain!
If I were starting over, I'd go all grain from batch #1.
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:10 AM   #8
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If I were starting over, I'd go all grain from batch #1.
Think I'm gonna have to work up to ag, since I'm on a budget on the equipment. But I have access to lots of pecans and would like to figure a way to work them in since I love the flavor. We have trees on our property that produce nuts of wonderful flavor,if we can beat the squirrels and deer to them, lol
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:24 AM   #9
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Like above I believe you should choose what you tend to prefer to drink. Being familiar will help you see where you need to make changes.

 
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:32 AM   #10
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Make a chestnut brown ale, but replace with pecans!

Isnt AG cheaper? Ive seen the price of extract and cringed!

 
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