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Willsellout

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Hello, this is my 3rd post here and I am hoping to brew in a couple weeks. I want to do some more reading to get the system/steps down before I even attempt anything.

I did buy a "sort of" brewing kit yesterday which came with a fermenting bucket w/3 pc airlock, siphon cane, 7lbs of Amber extract syrup some crystal hops and brewers yeast. I am placing an order for some more stuff this week from an online place as the store near me doesn't have a whole lot.
I am planning on just using a primary for this batch. I need to get a Hydrometer, thermometer, bottling bucket some sanitizer and stirring spoons with this order as well. But my question is:
With the ingredients I have, what choices do I have for beers to brew?
I would ultimately like to make a Brown ale with my first batch but am open to anything that will be fairly easy and tasty.

Thanks in advance.

Dan
 

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You'd be able to make a decent Amber ale with those ingredients. I'd save your money and buy a secondary instead of a hydrometer.
 
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Cheesefood said:
You'd be able to make a decent Amber ale with those ingredients. I'd save your money and buy a secondary instead of a hydrometer.
So a hydrometer isn't necessary? Basically all the recipe's I've seen just say ferment for 2 weeks but I just don't want exploding bottles in my house:D
My primary is plastic should I invest in a carboy for my secondary? Also is it right that I want my secondary to be right at 5 gallons to leave less room for oxygen?

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Dan
 

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I'd get the 'amber ale' done rather that worry too much about further ingredients if it's your first brew. You'll be suprised just how good it'll be compared to a lot of commercial brews. Remember to spend some money on crown caps and a capper for your 'harvested' beer bottles though!;)
 

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Willsellout said:
So a hydrometer isn't necessary? Basically all the recipe's I've seen just say ferment for 2 weeks but I just don't want exploding bottles in my house:D
No it isn't, use a secondary to help clear and make sure a beer is fully fermented out.
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My primary is plastic should I invest in a carboy for my secondary? Also is it right that I want my secondary to be right at 5 gallons to leave less room for oxygen?
Yes, get a glass carboy for secondary. Once your beer goes into secondary it should build up a little more CO2 to displace the air anyway. the 'Gap' should be small but it's probably not as important as just letting it rest undisturbed in secondary - there's no reason you should be pulling the top off to play with it - unless your actually bottling it!:)
 

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And if you still want to make a brown. From the B3 Extract recipe collection. Add these grains to a steeping bag. Their kits are pretty good.

8 oz Crystal 60 L
8 oz Caravienne
4 oz Victory
4 oz Chocolate

1 oz Northern Brewer @ 60 min
1 oz Willamette @ 5 min
1 oz Willamette @ 1 min
 
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OK maybe I will just stick to an Amber this time around. So I have 2 oz of the Domestic raw crystal hops and brewers yeast along with a 7lb amber extract syrup. What should the measurements be? I am in the process of reading the online brewing guide that is listed in the FAQ section. Just not sure as to the process or measurements yet. Any advice?


Dan
 
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