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Old 09-11-2008, 08:45 PM   #1
Sep 2008
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I am extremely new to this, I have never brewed beer or done anything remotely like it before, but it is something I am very anxious to get invested in. I am just looking for basic advice and info on how I should get started. I have "Homebrewing for Dummies" waiting for me to buy when I get off of work so I can absorb as much knowledge through there as I can. Does anyone know of any books that may be better for me? Are there any beer kits that are preferred of better then others? Looking to keep this kind of cheap, but I don't want to go so cheap that it hinders the quality of the beer. Just looking for general tips and help from people who would know WAY better then I would the best course to take for my first time out. Thanks for any help.


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Old 09-11-2008, 08:50 PM   #2
Sep 2008
Austin, Texas
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Hi there,

I'm pretty new to this myself. Just started a little over a month ago, but already have 3 batches going.

My first book was "Radical Brewing" by Randy Mosher (Radical Brewing.com). Highly recommended. Not really a how-to book, but definitely inspiring and provides lots of interesting context and background.

I've also heard great things about "How To Brew" by John Palmer. I've ordered it and its on the way as my next read.

Good luck!

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Old 09-11-2008, 08:50 PM   #3
Jul 2008
Idabel, Oklahoma
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Read this 3 or 4 times: How to Brew by John Palmer
You see every drink of liquor you take kills a thousand brain cells. Now that doesn't much matter 'cos we got billions more. And first the sadness cells die so you smile real big. And then the quiet cells go so you just say everything real loud for no reason at all. That'ok, that's ok because the stupid cells go next, so everything you say is real smart. And finally, come the memory cells. These are tough SOBs to kill.

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Old 09-11-2008, 09:10 PM   #4
Apr 2008
Schaumburg, IL
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^ Read that about 10 times!!!
Mad Scientist Brewing Co.

:Fermentation Cabinet:

Primary: Bee Cave Bavarian Hefe
Secondary: Nothing
Bottled: Nothing
On Deck: Gumball Head Clone (Jekster)

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Old 09-11-2008, 09:17 PM   #5
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San Diego, CA
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+1 for How to Brew. That's all you need to get started. As far as kits go, most are pretty similar, but I would recommend not getting the pre-hopped kits, adding hops is quite simple and it makes for a better beer. Some places that sell good kits are:
Midwest Homebrew
Austin Homebrew Supply
Primary: Cherrywood Smoked Porter
60 Minute IPA
On tap:Amber Ale
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