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Newbie to brewing. 1st batch today

post #1 of 25
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Brewed my first batch today! The folks at the shop where i picked up my kit gave me a 3 hour crash course on brewing today. had a great time and are praying we made some great beer. Now we are in the hurry and wait mode. Every good BBQ Pit needs a good Brew Master...... right !




post #2 of 25

I have always wanted to try bewing beer and from what I understand wth the new kits it can be pretty simple.  The equipment you need isn't all that expensive and it is the kind of thing that you can start with the basics and then get as deep into as you want!


Good luck on your first batch!

post #3 of 25

My neighbor brews his own beer & he turns out some pretty tasty stuff!

post #4 of 25
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It is fun and you can put out some awesome brews. The kits do make it easier but for me I want to get into the grains.

post #5 of 25

I started with extract kits. Then went to partial mash. Now it's all-grain all the way. I've had many a pro brewer compliment my beer. It pretty easy to make stuff better than what you can buy. Learn the procedures and sanitation techniques then the rest will be easy. Hope it turns out great. Don't hesitate to ask me any questions.

post #6 of 25

Every time I read one of Alelover's beer posts I want to go buy a couple of carboys and get started.  I don't drink very often so when I do I want to enjoy what I am drinking.  Most American beers are intended more to quench your thirst then give you the depth and richness of a truly great dark full bodied beer.


I guess I have all the smoking stuff I need right now, have a lot of gardening stuff, maybe once I fill the boat with gas (ouch) and go fishing a couple of times I'll look at purchasing some brewing equipment.


Maybe I'll keep an eye open on Ebay and Craigs list. 

post #7 of 25

I know the feeling Al - I didn't have enough hobbies with smokin - sausage- bacon - roasting coffee, so I started making cheese and they are installing my wood fired pizza oven tomorrow but I could get some beer going too. Sounds like fun Beer and Pizza beercheer.gif I can hear Mrs Scar now hit.gif

post #8 of 25

Even with the extract kits you can brew some mighty good brew. It's like making a pot of soup.

post #9 of 25

Pizza and Beer?  What an interesting combination,  maybe have to give that a try?  Hehe,  after a good brisket sandwich and maybe a slab of ribs I think pizza and beer are my next favorite food group.  Wood fired oven pizza is bound to be out of this world good.  Wife is asking me to build an outdoor kitchen and if that ever happens a brick oven will have to be part of it.


It's just envy doing the typing Scar.  If you get your oven built today when can we expect some qview of the pizza?

post #10 of 25

I don't make beer but have a buddy that makes a killer spiced beer. I get to be the taste testerbiggrin.gif

post #11 of 25

The build takes about a week with curing times then three weeks before I can light the first small curing fire. A week of those before I can use it. Maybe I can get some beer done in the mean time th_dunno-1[1].gif  Guess I will look for some supplies. I can hear Mrs Scar screaming all the way from work (50 miles) biggrin.gif

Here is the shell I got - 40" cooking area 




post #12 of 25

OH my look what I found and they are only 30 minutes away and the just opened this month !!!! And look at the name LOL 




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post #13 of 25

Soon at your local farmer's market  Scarbrew!  or maybe  Bellyale!

post #14 of 25

Go for it Gary.

post #15 of 25

How did it turn out?

post #16 of 25
Thread Starter 

I just put it in bottles this past weekend. It says to wait two weeks before popping a top. Not sure i can wait that long. I can tell you when i bottled it it smelled the whole house up and the color was great. I am praying the taste is just as good as the look and smell.. I may have to break into one this weekend. the suspense is killing me. I will keep you posted. Thanks for asking.

post #17 of 25

Patience is your friend in brewing.  Don't rush it and it will be worth the wait.

post #18 of 25

You need to wait 2 weeks or it won't be carbonated. Keep it above 70 if you can.


post #19 of 25
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, Thanks for the info. I will be waiting as bad as I hate it, but if thats what it takes DONE. I want it to be good. I have the temp right at 70 and no higher me and MAMA like it real cool in the house. I will keep you posted. Have a great weekend.  

post #20 of 25

A full pipeline is the best way to help you keep from popping your beer before they are ready.

Get started on batch 2 (& 3!)


On top of the fridge is a great place to carbonate.   The warm air comes up off the back coils and you have a nice warm spot up there.






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