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Homebrew Beginners Guide

You must have found this page because you are interested in learning how to brew your own beer at home. Homebrewing is a fun and rewarding hobby. It can be as easy or as complex as you want it to be. With some knowledge and a little experience, you will be making great beer at home in no time.

Every brewer has to start somewhere . . . I was lucky enough to find a homebrew class at our community college and was able to taste the end result before I even attempted to brew on my own. You can read more about my brewing history if you are really bored. The text used in the class was "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing" by Charlie Papazian. I highly recommend this book (now "The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing") if you are considering getting into brewing your own beer at home. It will help disolve any fears you have about your new hobby. The book is a good resource for beginners (extract) and experts (all grain) alike. Mr. Papazian does an excellent job describing the ingredients, equipment and brewing process. The book also includes some tested recipes. If you don't like the idea of washing a lot of bottles, check out this complete 5 gallon kegging system.

Want to jump right right in? If you don't have the patience to learn all about brewing beer, The Beer Machine or Mr. Beer (Makes A Great Gift too!). These starter kits can produce some very good beer; I have tasted the results from both of them. Read customer reviews of the most popular homebrew kits before making your initial purchase. Also, Coopers Brew Products makes some great extract kits; my wife won a ribbon at the Iowa State Fair using a Cooper's Stout extract kit.

Face to face works well too. Look up "beer", "brewing supplies" or "homebrew" in your local yellow pages to find a homebrew shop in your area. You can also search our online homebrew shop database to find a shop in your neighborhood. Visit the stores, check out all the equipment and ingredients and talk to the employees. They should be able to help you decide which equipment and ingredients you will need to make the beers you enjoy. Go to the AHA's Homebrew Club Index to find a homebrew club in your area and ask to sit in on a meeting.

Knowlege is power . . . Learn more about all the various beer styles. Our sortable chart includes links to recipes, breweries and books related to each style. There are also some great homebrew related magazines out there; check them out here. It also helps to buy and try different beer styles to determine which style you would like to start brewing at home.

Happy brewing . . . Whatever method you choose, we hope you find the homebrewing fun and rewarding. Hopefully you will always brew great beers and will not have to use Mr. Goodbeer's troubleshooting feature. If you do suspect something is wrong with your beer, feel free to use our site to troubleshoot your problem.

Good Luck and Cheers!

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