congrats on your first beer! are you brewing extract recipe kits? that's the beginner level im at now. the brew process for most ales seems to be pretty straightforward as far as the process. steep specialty grains if the recipe calls for it, bring whatever amount of water your using to a boil, kill the flame and add the malt extract (dry, liquid or both) restart the flame or return to burner depending on how your boiling and start the 60 minute countdown. be careful of a boil over at this point. different hops are added at different times again depending on recipe. after 60 minutes of a rolling boil chill your pot down as quick as possible in an ice bath in the sink and pour it into your fermenter. top off with water to get to 5 gallons and when its under 80 or so degrees pitch your yeast. close your fermenter and be sure to use an airlock. let it sit in the dark for a couple 3 weeks and you got beer! now im leaving out a bunch of details but that's the jist of the brewing process. oh yeah, clean and sanitize the heck out of anything that will touch your beer after the boil. now as far as what to brew next? well that depends on what you like! for me, ya cant go wrong with a nice irish stout!
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