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From: hplabs!uiucdcs!iwtsf!korz (Algis R Korzonas +1 312 979 8583)
Subject: Beginner beer
Date: 1989-02-14 16:35:58 GMT

In HOMEBREW Digest #76, Michael L. Farkas <Farkas@GODZILLA.SCH.Symbolics.COM>

> Well guys, I've finally decided to take the plunge.
> I'm getting ready to make my first batch of beer.
> I'm going for a lager (seems like the easiest for a
> first time brewer). But it seems like such a pain
> putting the stuff in bottles, so I want to go with a
> tapping system.

*Hoooold on there Baba Louie!!!*

Lager is definately not the easiest to brew. Ale is.
Also, I wouldn't recommend a keg for brewing in.
What you want to do is get yourself a 5- or 6-gallon
glass carboy (two if you plan to do two-stage fermentation).
These can be easily cleaned, fitted with air-locks,
and you can see how your brew is doing (although you
want to keep it in the dark as much as possible). I have not
tried kegging and expect to try it as soon as I have the room
for a fridge (unless you like warm beer), but for the first
few batches, the whole operation is _so_ exciting, that I didn't
mind bottling one bit.


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