« on: April 16, 2016, 11:00:17 PM »
Edit: I'm also looking at Carabou Slobber from Northern Brewer. It looks like this is a four week project, however. Is this too risky for a first time brewer? http://www.northernbrewer.com/documentation/beerkits/CaribouSlobber.pdf
It seems like the yeast needs to be purchased separately, also the mesh bags for the boiling. This must be a complicated question but I'd love some suggestions on specific ones to get. I'm on information overload...
Thanks for the help!
I don't think it's a risky recipe at all. That four weeks work you're referring to is unnecessary. I don't see any reason you would need to transfer this recipe to a secondary fermenter especially with a Brown Ale. You could just leave it in your primary fermenter for the same amount of time and have the same results with less risk of contamination when transferring to the secondary fermenter. Secondary fermentation is typically only used these days when adding additional ingredients (fruit, oak chips, wild yeast etc.), aging for an extended period of time or for clarifying the beer (usually a lager or lighter colored beer). My second brew ever was also a Moose Drool clone, but I included black strap molasses in the recipe which proved rather complicated for a beginner trying not to screw up the basics. I'd also use dry yeast to start with, so you don't have to worry about starters and such which can come with more experience later. Good luck.