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Hello
I am new to this group , and I am going to try my hand at making beer.  I
have made quite a few different wines so I know a little about fermentation,
but visiting a few web sites like Leeners, I find that beer is a totally
different process.

Well I have carboys, hydrometer, a rubber siphon hose and primary bucket
without lid or spout--

Would it be possible for someone to give me a recipe and directions I should
take to create a nice Lite American lager for a first try?  I have an empty
3 gallon carboy and a couple of empty 5 gallon carboys, but don't want to
buy a bucket with a spout unless I'm sure I like homemade beer. I'd like to
try about 2-3 gallons.   I AM going to get a capper cause I can use that for
my wines.

Any and all advice will be appreciated


Roger   dalyrog@penn.com




Re: Do I have everything I need?
"Roger" wrote:

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Do you have a means of boiling the wort?  You'll need a kettle that holds at
least a couple of gallons and a means to heat it.

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Do you have a spare fridge and a temperature controller?  Lagers require
lower temps than ales.

Contrary to what you might believe, light lagers are one of the more
difficult beers to brew.  I'd suggest something like a cream ale for your
first batch.

Which commercial beers do you like and drink now?

Brina




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The best place for instructions is http://www.howtobrew.com

John.

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Re: Do I have everything I need?
Go to www.listermann.com and order an American Light Ale extract kit. It's
my favorite (a former Miller Lite drinker). I've tried my best through one
form of stupid accident or other, but have yet to really screw up a batch of
it (knock on wood). I don't think you really want to tackle a Lager beer,
they have to be fermented at lower and controlled temps and babied for a
while afterwards at near freezing. I'd stick with an Ale kit.

Good luck, and welcome!

Ricky


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Re: Do I have everything I need?
Thanks everyone:
I followed Ricky's advice and ordered me a kit from Listermans, because I
like Miller Lite.  Later if I like it, I might try some darker ales.  I do
have a good kettle for heating, yew and Brett, I'm in NW Pennsylvania near
"wine country".
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Re: Do I have everything I need?
uh oh...I hope I didn't mislead you. I said that I am a former Miller Lite
drinker, and that my favorite homebrew is the Listermann's American Light.
The Listermann kit doesn't really taste like Miller Lite (now looking back,
thank goodness it doesn't!). It is about the "lightest" tasting kit that
I've gotten so far though (except for a "prototype" kit that was mostly corn
sugar). I'm sure you'll love it though better than the ML, particularly if
you're like me and tend to go down the beer isle from time saying
"hmmm...think I'll try this one!"...

Good luck with the tasting. If you like it, I'd also recommend the Creme Ale
kit as well. Also, try brewing the American Lite kit using Lager yeast (I
used Saflager dry yeast) and putting the fermemter in an ice/water batch to
keep the temp down. I think it has a bit of a "bitter" bite, more like the
commercial lite beers, are lagers and not ales anyway.

Ricky



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Re: Do I have everything I need?
Try www.morebeer.com
I have purchased most of my hardware and supplies there!

-Billy

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Re: Do I have everything I need?
Where are you at?
Maybe you should bring a bottle of wine to a local brew club meeting. There
you will be able to sample some homebrew and meet people who would be happy
to show you the ropes on their equipment.
You could probably find somebody willing to sell a capper cheap too!

-Brett


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