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« on: May 17, 2013, 01:49:05 PM »
Hi,
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.

Shane
« Last Edit: May 17, 2013, 02:40:20 PM by shane70 »

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Re: Newbie Here
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2013, 01:53:51 PM »
and from what I've seen, home brew is mostly dark beer.

Boy, are you in for a surprise.  Some of my favorite beers are so light and clear, you can read through them (Munich Helles, Pilsner, even a pale ale ).

Also, don't write off dark beers totally.  Maybe what you don't like is roastiness, but there are tons of dark beers that don't emphasize that.

Also, be aware with a pilsner kit, you'll need someway to control fermentation temperature at a low level ( 50-55F). 

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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2013, 02:06:12 PM »
Brewers Best Kits are usually very high quality.

Don't let anyone tell you brewing beer is hard.  It is way easier than you think it is at this point.  As theDarkside said your most difficult thing will be keeping it cool while it ferments.  Do a search on swamp chillers and ice baths (using frozen soda bottles filled with water) to control your temps.

Be careful about sanitation and have fun!

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Re: Newbie Here
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2013, 02:07:52 PM »
Keeping in mind I want to get as close to the taste of Miller Genuine Draft.

Thanks for your help.

Shane

Shane,
You may be disappointed with your beer if you are expecting it to taste like MGD.  Most homebrews have a lot more beer flavor than that.  More malt, more hops, more body.
You may like it, but it won't be MGD,
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Re: Newbie Here
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2013, 02:42:53 PM »
If you want to brew something close to MGD, you should try a cream ale or other light ale.

You'll have a hard time doing lagers without a dedicated fridge to ferment in.

I'm not sure they make a kit to get you what you want.  Good luck.
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2013, 03:38:35 PM »
I won't say it is hard but can be time consuming... ;)

Well if you want MGD type homebrew then it'll probably take some experimentation and extra equipment purchases such as a fridge or freezer to lager the beer. Also, you won't get immediate results as it can take months to produce the final polished lager beer you're aiming at.

I think a blonde, kolsch or cream ale would be ideal for a beginner not wanting to stray too far from his normal expectations with lager beer.

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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2013, 03:58:38 PM »
Congrats on taking the first step and I totally agree with what's already been said.

Take a trip to a good liquor store that sells quality and variety of craft beer and buy some pilsner, kolsch, Saisons or other light beers to sample. A good store manager should be able to help you pick a few.

Lager style beers will require time and dedicated temperature control but kolsch and Saisons are more forgiving and the yeast actually like some heat to ferment so it's less of an issue.

Once you find the lighter styles you enjoy you can then look into those types of kits from the various suppliers of quality kits.

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« Reply #7 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?

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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2013, 08:57:05 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
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« Reply #9 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

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« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2013, 10:13:52 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

Thankyou.
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A lot of "pilsner" kits come with ale yeast instead of lager yeast.  If that's the case with yours, you'll want to ferment it in the low-mid 60s rather than the 50s.
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« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2013, 10:17:53 AM »
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?

Don't worry about transferring it to the secondary.  Let it in the primary for 2-3 weeks then bottle it up.
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« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2013, 11:01:09 AM »

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?

Don't worry about transferring it to the secondary.  Let it in the primary for 2-3 weeks then bottle it up.

Not if its a true lager, he'll want to rack it off the yeast when at FG and then lager it in the Carboy:)
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« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2013, 11:23:44 AM »

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?

Don't worry about transferring it to the secondary.  Let it in the primary for 2-3 weeks then bottle it up.

Not if its a true lager, he'll want to rack it off the yeast when at FG and then lager it in the Carboy:)

I'm betting it doesn't use lager yeast.
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« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2013, 04:04:16 PM »
according to the Brewers Best description that kit does use a lager yeast but one selected to perform 'well' at ale temps.

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