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Old 05-11-2006, 05:50 PM   #1
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Here is what I ordered to get started with!

Honey Porter w/ Munton's 6 gm dry yeast
Honey Porter. The honey in this recipe ferments smoothly and crisply, creating a homebrew perfect for those just starting to appreciate darker beer. A great change of pace for dark beer fans. Our ingredients for this recipe include 6 pounds of Dark malt extract, 2 pounds of Minnesota Clover Honey, 1 pound of specialty grains, 2 ounces of hops, yeast, priming sugar and a grain bag. Honey Porter w/ Munton's 6 gm dry yeast

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And the bottles. I need to pickup a kettle here in a few days.. thoughts suggestions?

 
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Old 05-11-2006, 05:58 PM   #2
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If you will be working on a stove inside, buy a 30 quart pot. This is big enough for doing partial boil extract, steeping specialty grains and even doing mini-mashes by just adding a really big grain bag. At the same time, it isn't too big to work with while sitting on a stove.
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Old 05-11-2006, 06:00 PM   #3
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I am just going to be doign extract kits for awhile. I can always upgrade. I dont wnat to dump that much money in at first you know? But we will see lol.

 
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Old 05-11-2006, 06:07 PM   #4
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If you will be working on a stove inside, buy a 30 quart pot.
20 quart (5 gallon) is big enough for extract brewing w/ partial volume boils. That's what I have, and I usually boil 3.5 gallons. If I recall correctly, there is a significant price jump in SS kettle prices as soon as you go beyond the 5 gallon mark, so a 7.5 gallon kettle like you suggest will be SIGNIFICANTLY more expensive.
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Old 05-11-2006, 06:16 PM   #5
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yea, thats why im going to go with a 4 or 5 gallon pot. Can u use USED pots from a restaurant supply? Will this effect the flavor ETC?

 
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Old 05-11-2006, 06:17 PM   #6
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I am just going to be doign extract kits for awhile. I can always upgrade. I dont wnat to dump that much money in at first you know? But we will see lol.
True, but you might as well plan for the future. Trust us, you'll like it. It's a way of life.

You'll need to buy a pot, so get a good size one and never worry about buying another one. I have a 22 qt that works wonders for Partial Extract brewing and only cost $45. (It also makes a mean chili for 12.)

After one or two all-extract recipes, you'll be itching to use some grains. You don't have to go all grain, but you can throw a pound or two of grain in some warm water prior to boiling your extract and make a much better beer.
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Old 05-11-2006, 06:38 PM   #7
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Honey Porter w/ Munton's 6 gm dry yeast
Honey Porter. The honey in this recipe ferments smoothly and crisply, creating a homebrew perfect for those just starting to appreciate darker beer. A great change of pace for dark beer fans. Our ingredients for this recipe include 6 pounds of Dark malt extract, 2 pounds of Minnesota Clover Honey, 1 pound of specialty grains, 2 ounces of hops, yeast, priming sugar and a grain bag. Honey Porter w/ Munton's 6 gm dry yeast

Is this considered an ALL extract kit? It does come with hops, and other specialty grains. So I will technically have a little control over this correct? This is totally different from canned kits correct?

 
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Old 05-11-2006, 06:38 PM   #8
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Looks like a good setup! Enjoy the hobby and make sure to get the sanitazition procedure down ASAP.

Question for others (semi-hijack):
I bought a bigger pot for brewing but it is only 12 quart and I do 2 gallon boil usually. Is there much to be gained from doing a larger boil, aside from hop utilization?
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Old 05-11-2006, 06:49 PM   #9
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Is there much to be gained from doing a larger boil, aside from hop utilization?
Yes. When you boil such small amounts, the sugars in your wort carmelize to a greater degree . . . .resulting in a much darker beer than you have planned on or that would be appropriate for the given style. If your beer's color matters to you, then you would benefit from larger boils by having more control over the final color of your beer.

 
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Old 05-11-2006, 07:41 PM   #10
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