Newbie Starting Up

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I am going to start up a home brew and have absolutely no Idea where to
start apart from going to K-Mart and getting a kit.
Does anyone have any sites that go through the definitions, types of beers,
types of kits or suggestions.
I am in Australia if that makes any difference.
Cheers
John



Re: Newbie Starting Up
Hi John,
I got a brew kit from K Mart for Xmas. (Coppers), and didnt have a clue, but
it comes with a video included and very good instructions.
I made my first brew 2 days after Xmas and sat the fermenter next to the
hotwate cylinder where it averaged 26 degrees.It finished bubbling 4 days
later and then I left it for a day .
Bottled it New Years Day and couldn't wait for 2 weeks to go so I sat one in
the fride Wednesday afternoon and tried it 3 hours later.
I was suprised how good it was and they say it will improve with age.
I found reading the newsgroups informative.

Good Luck
Stephen
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beers,



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John,

I'd suggest that you check out John Palmer's site  www.howtobrew.com
You'll get a good idea of what you'll need to get started and the
background info to make use of it...:)

Also, I'd suggest that you check out the  rec.crafts.brewing  newsgroup,
the info you pick up there will be invaluable...:)

Hope this helps...:)

SD

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Find a homebrew supply store and buy from them.  They can answer your
questions a lot better than anyone at K-Mart.  Then, look for a
homebrewing club in your area.


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Not to me, it does.


Phil

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spook wrote:

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Definitely check out a homebrew store.  They are in the yellow pages.
FWIW I have a few listed in:
http://www.metrak.com/wiki/homebrew/moin.cgi/HomeBrewSupplies
There are also quite a few links in there to the kinds of resources to
get you going.

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There are stacks of homebrew sites.  For your first brew (I have only
brewed a handful myself) you can get swamped with information overload.
  Just go to a store, tell them the kinds of beers you like, pick up a
kit with whatever additions (eg malt) are recommended and go for it.
While that is fermenting, there will be plenty of time to consider your
next brew.

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Yes beer comes out of the tap in a clockwise direction compared with the
northern hemisphere.

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go to a local home brew shop they will help you out in what you nead
in a kit in regards to what type of brew you would like

its more 1 on 1 than good old kmart

just a thought for you

andy



Re: Newbie Starting Up
Thanks all
Esp sosman. I will check out The Brewers Den in Boronia as its just up the
road.
Cheers
John



Re: Newbie Starting Up
Since you're in Australia I'd have to recommend the Coopers kit, available
for $50-80 (I got one for $45 on sale at Big W just before christmas).  It
comes with everything you need to brew and bottle your first run (equivalent
to 2 slabs, so you make a profit on your first go), although you'll need to
buy a bottle brush to clean out the (supplied) longneck PET bottles.  If
you're in Adelaide, check out Harris Scarfe's at West Lakes.  They have a
Coopers display with all the equipment, as well as the different "brew
enhancers", etc, plus they have recipe cards for when you get a bit more
adventurous.

The main thing you have to watch out for is temperature control.  You have
to keep the temperature under 30-32C, (or the yeast will die) so you may
want to keep an air-conditioner or fan running in the room you ferment in.

Most of the Coopers kits like a temp between 21-27, but as long as you keep
it below 30 you'll be fine.

Oh, and get some Coopers carbonation drops for bottling, they're like barley
sugars, you drop one in for a stubbie (375ml), two for a longneck (750ml)
before bottling.

Once you've done a run or two of the standard mixes (Lager, Ale, etc), I
strongly recommend you try out something different like a ginger beer or
UDL-style mix - it's a bit more expensive to make, but any home-brew supply
store can help you select one.

Otherwise just follow the instructions.

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beers,



Re: Newbie Starting Up
You might want to have a look at our site.

http://www.home-brew.org
Regards
Vince.

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