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Old 05-13-2013, 09:19 PM   #1
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Hello all, I am brand new when it comes to home brewing. I purchased and used a brew kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop, I was happy with the results from my first go round but I want to make my own beer not from a kit. I have no idea where to start, I do know however that I want/need my beer to be gluten free, and the hoppier the better. If someone could point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Ray Daniels' Designing Great Beers along with John Palmer's How to Brew should be a good start. Plus all the great knowledge on this site. You are on the right path, go forth and brew!
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:26 PM   #3
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Ray Daniels' Designing Great Beers along with John Palmer's How to Brew should be a good start. Plus all the great knowledge on this site. You are on the right path, go forth and brew!
Thank you, I'll have to check it out.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:27 PM   #4
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www.Beersmith.com has alot of user designed recipes. also buy the software, it has really helped me design some good recipes. Most of it is figuring out what grains and hops you like. Beersmith with will help with the ratios to make the beer like the style you want to make.
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www.Beersmith.com has alot of user designed recipes. also buy the software, it has really helped me design some good recipes. Most of it is figuring out what grains and hops you like. Beersmith with will help with the ratios to make the beer like the style you want to make.
Awesome. It is all seeming overwhelming here at first. I guess it just takes time, research, and enjoying the whole process.
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Sometimes what I do is go on the beer manufacturer website....I like Summit brewing beers, go there and they will tell you what grains and hops are used, but they don't tell you how much of the ingredients they use.. Then I use beersmith to work out the numbers (IBU, Color,etc), Made the extra pale ale and one person I gave a side by side of my beer to the original. they said it tastes the same.
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Check out the gluten free recipe section. It has some pretty good info.

I recommend 50/50 sorghum and rice syrup with some amber candi syrup. Use some honey if you want it drier. Us-05 or your favorite clean american yeast. Use an extreme hop schedule. A good start would be to look at a highly rated ipa recipe on here and use those hops. I am on a new zealand hop kick right now.

Steep some toasted grains if your feeling up to it. Your on the right track. When you are ready, post the recipe you want to use and we can help.
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If you want a hoppy beer a 3:1 ratio of sorghum to rice syrup works quite well.

For malty beers limit or eliminate sorghum.
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Thank you everyone for your support and great ideas. Is a one gallon carboy a good size for starting out or should I go bigger?
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I've got two books, I'll have to get the titles though. One is like 80 Great Recipes or something like that and the other is like Designing Great Beer. Not sure exactly.
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