a reply to: DBCowboy
Use Star San as your sanitizer, mix it as directed.
Do not use tap water, buy distilled water jugs or five gallon filtered water.
Although tap water can work, it often has enough chlorine to throw flavor off in a bad way.
For IPA, keep it simple. I don't think you should dry hop on the first batch. Keep it simple, Do a first boil hop, late addition and then aroma hop at
the very end.
Don't bother buying a kit, they cost more money. Just use simple pilsner malt extract, you can add some corn sugar to boost alcohol, but don't add too
My recipe would be something like this...
6LBS of malt extract.
.5lb crystal malt (crush this grain and use a nylon grain bag)
.5lb marris otter malt (in grain bag)
Steep grain 30 minutes at boil, remove.
Use Safale dry yeast, it's reliable and you won't have to worry about bad liquid yeast, liquid yeast is great too, but if you are mail ordering it's
much safer to use dry yeast.
Pitch the yeast at 70 degrees.
Hops? use whatever interests you. But the thing is, if you dry hop, you can screw up the the beer. If the hops are stale, or not as fresh, they can
make it bad.
Quite honestly, I think IPA is the worst style to home brew because the big brewers are buying the best hops.
The hops you buy from brew suppliers are more or less older and not as fresh choice as what the commercial brewers get.
Nothing matters in terms recipe, use what you think will be interesting to you and keep it clean. Do not use bleach, it can screw up your beer really
It's not that you can't use bleach, but if you have any small amount, it will make the beer bad.
I suggest you buy Charlie Papazians home brew book, it's laymans terms...follow it, and it will make good beer.
His slogan is "relax have a homebrew" It's good reading. Have fun. Don't even try to emulate something you can get at the store.
It's your beer.