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Homebrew Clubs / Re: My Own Beer testing
« on: June 13, 2013, 04:48:53 PM »
thankyou all for your help. I will certainly continue to "try" other flavors and let you know what I find out.

thanks again

Homebrew Clubs / My Own Beer testing
« on: June 11, 2013, 02:21:52 PM »
Since Im just starting out wanting to make my own brew, I have been told by several people to go to my local beer store and purchase different ale, pilsner, etc. and give them a try. So I did. I only bought 6 this time, I will buy more again soon and I will let you know my opinion of them. Here is my opinion of the six I just bought in order from worst to the best.
(6) Winter Axis
Hated It. Never want to drink it again. Very Strong Citrus Acid Punch to it. Strong and Bitter.
(5) Schells Bock
Tasted like bitter or burned molasses. A bit better than the Winter Axis, but still not drinkable.
(4) Acme California Pale Ale
Tasted like it was made with a cheap cream soda. t is drinkable but leaves a bad aftertaste in your mouth. Very smooth and easy to drink, it just bites you at the end.
(3) Honey Pilsner
Very slight taste of honey, but would not drink it again. Could be drinkable for someone (Its on the borderline) But between me and my wife we didn't finish it.
(2) Amber Lager
First thought before drinking it, we thought we wouldn't like it since it was an Lager beer. But, we were both pleasantly surprised by it. It is drinkable and it is something we could get used to. We both think it smells like some kind of desert, and it had a hint of rosemary.
(1) Beer Flower Wheat
we were told this is a home made brew that won a beer contest so Samuel Adams has picked it up. The taste is smooth but with a kick. we both enjoyed this beer. The taste is a bit stronger than Miller Genuine Draft, but is very drinkable.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Newbie Here
« on: May 19, 2013, 12:51:43 PM »
and from what I've seen, home brew is mostly dark beer.

Welcome to your new obsession.

Yeah, No kidding... I haven't even started brewing just yet, (Still waiting on getting everything I need before I start). With all the help and good advise Im getting from everyone in here, Me and my wife (yeah, she's letting me do this) is wanting to try different flavors, and even thinking about making a Party cooler, to put my beer in for my first home brew

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Newbie Here
« on: May 19, 2013, 08:55:59 AM »
If you want to use the dorm fridge to control your temps most folks use something like this:

I have the Ranco 111000 (digital) and may use temp controllers for Johnson Controls (often analogue).

They are snap to use if you buy them prewired.  If you are handy with a screw driver and not scarred off by electricity, they are cheaper as controller only and you wire them in yourself.


Thanks. I do like this Idea. If I can get the bucket and also the carboy in my fridge, I will use this... Otherwise I may have to go with the cooler idea

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Newbie Here
« on: May 19, 2013, 08:52:17 AM »
so keep my temp in the upper 60's?  ???
Look at the packet of yeast, what type is it?
Does it say to pitch and or ferment at a certain temp?

This is my Yeast. Looks like for lager. As for temp, it shows 12-15C ????? What is that in Fahrenheit. Also it says for 20 liters of beer. Is that 5 gallons?

FYI- It also comes with Briess dried malt extract ( 2 lbs), Crushed Pilsen malt, Crushed Carapils Malt, Priming Sugar, 3 bags of .5 oz hop pellets, grain bag and Pilsen Light Pure Malt extract (concentrated Brewers Wort).

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Newbie Here
« on: May 18, 2013, 05:46:04 PM »
so keep my temp in the upper 60's?  ???

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Newbie Here
« on: May 18, 2013, 09:53:34 AM »
But, now knowing I have to keep the temp down to 50-55F, I will need to figure something out before I start it up.

Be aware that the 50-55F is only for fermenting lagers (ie. Pilsner, etc.).  Ales (ie. Pale Ale, Blonde, etc.) only need to be held to the upper 60s

My First batch will be the Continental Pilsner Kit

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Newbie Here
« on: May 18, 2013, 08:21:50 AM »
 :)Thank you all for your reply. I honestly didn't think I would get such nice and very helpful advise. I will look into trying other types of beer, Including the dark one. I do have a liquor store not that far from me that sells all type of beer, maybe they can help me on choosing what I may like in beer.
Also, as for the swamp cooler, I will look into that. I do have a mini fridge that  I may get a 5 gal bucket into. Im not sure. its the kind with its own freezer door. looks like a real mini fridge. But, now knowing I have to keep the temp down to 50-55F, I will need to figure something out before I start it up.
Also, when I bought the kit, the guys suggested I get the carboys for a second fermentation. Since I haven't read all my directions yet, I will before I start it up. Im only guessing I let it fermit in the 5 gal bucket for about two weeks then change it over to the carboy. How long do I let it fermit in there until I bottle it up?

Homebrew Clubs / Newbie Here
« on: May 17, 2013, 01:49:05 PM »
My Name is Shane. I recently purchased the Brewer's Best , Beer Brewing Equipment Kit. I have been wanting to try home brewing for some time now. The only thing that has been holding me back is my taste in beer. I'm picky.... My favorite beer is Miller Genuine Draft in the bottle. I have yet to find a dark beer that I like at all and from what I've seen, home brew is mostly dark beer. Recently I decided to give it a try. With the purchase of the Kit, I also purchased the Continental Pilsner  Kit (I was told it was a light golden beer), a 5 gallon glass Carboy for a second fermentation.
I have seen the YouTube video's on how to get started and what to do, Plus the kit comes with a to do list. My question is, I cannot find anything on line about the Brewer's Best Continental Pilsner kit, so I'm wondering if its any good. I've been told the kit might be a bit hard for a beginner. Plus, what other brands should I try (Keeping in mind I want to get as close to the taste of Miller Genuine Draft.

Thanks for your help.


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