1 Posted: Saturday, January 07, 2017 9:35 PM

Today I am going to bottle my first brew, so thoughts are now onto what next?

As a complete novice, what and which would you suggest for me to try?

Are Ales/Beers the easiest or Lagers/ Ciders the next best to try

I have been told to try “On the Rocks” Pear cider?

Your comments are much appreciated

2 Posted: Saturday, January 07, 2017 10:04 PM

What do you like to drink?

I'm reasonably sure most extract brew kits are reasonably straight forward, but a true lager requires tighter temperature control at this time of year,.

From what I've read ayway.

I've found ciders are easy, get some good cider yeast and chuck it into a bottle of preservative free UHT Apple juice.

3 Posted: Monday, January 09, 2017 6:35 PM

Based on you location which i believe is the uk. I would stick to lager. but get a kit with a lager yeast. try to pitch the yeast at about 20-22 to give it a kick start then let it drop down to 12 if possible. will take longer to ferment but will be much cleaner. when you get into spring and summer then you can go for some of the ales which tolerate higher fermentation temps.

4 Posted: Monday, January 09, 2017 6:53 PM

Just what ImaginativeName said, brew what you like to drink, kinda makes sense. I love Pilsner so I got into them rather early even though it required a few more purchases for temp control and more research.

5 Posted: Monday, January 09, 2017 10:01 PM

Do you want to start mucking around with grains and hops yet or are you happy to get a few kit beers under your belt first?

Last edited by King Ruddager (Monday, January 09, 2017 10:01 PM)