Homebrewing Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for dedicated home brewers and serious enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

What's the most simple type of beer I can begin brewing, in order to get a feel for how the process works?


share|improve this question
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Something like a pale ale, either American or English, is pretty straight forward in terms of ingredients and procedures. Don't start with a lager...they require extra equipment and time. Some other styles, like Belgian beers, are a bit more finicky in terms of fermentation temp and I'd recommend avoiding them til you get more equipment and experience.

share|improve this answer
Stout is also a good style to start with. All those roasted malts can effectively cover up subtle flaws. – Tobias Patton Jul 22 '14 at 20:49

Brew whatever you want to drink. I guarantee once you get started, the entire process will become so much easier than you first though it would be. I personally started with an IPA, and never worried. Your stress level will directly correlate with the size pot you have, because boil-overs are typically the biggest issue for a newbie. GL with your brew!

share|improve this answer
Very important advice! I had a stout blocking my fridge for 3 months cause only one of my friends actually liked stouts. – Robert May 9 at 20:01

For me I started with an IPA. I'm assuming you're starting with extract brewing, for this showed me the basics of what brewing involves.

You're going to have to add hops at various times and its generally just a great recipe to start out with. I've brewed this several times and I'm very happy with the result.

share|improve this answer

Try a simple coopers kit as it's cheap and if you mess up just toss it. Otherwise try an IPA extract recipe. The hops help mask any mistakes you've made. If you haven't already done so it's worth investing in a fridge and temperature controller. It makes the world of difference with the end results.

share|improve this answer

I second Brouwer's suggestion. Assuming you mean entry-level home brewing, i.e. extracts and/or kits, not grinding, mashing, sparging & all that other fun stuff, Cooper's may be a good place to start.

Extracts have come a long way in the 45 or so years since I made my first 5-gallon batch. So has the quality of dried yeasts. If you want to be playful/creative, toss some finishing hops in the primary (safely confined in a mesh bag), and if you want to be able to drink the final product, pay special attention to sanitizing everything that comes into contact with your beer. Good luck!

share|improve this answer
This advice assumes you can find a Cooper's kit. I haven't seen one in years. – Denny Conn Jul 23 '14 at 21:31
That surprises me. I'm in Abbotsford BC, and only yesterday I drove into Vancouver & bought some Cooper's kits to supplement the Brew House concentrated wort I've been using lately. I've also seen it on some US suppliers' websites, but can't be certain which. The stuff is pretty bland, which is why I suggested finishing hops, but inoffensive to my palate. [p.s./edit: being pre-hopped, I find it also makes a useful base for yeast starters, as opposed to DME.] – Glasseyed Jul 23 '14 at 22:03

My first kit was a 20 min boil kit. It was all pre-hopped extract and a packet of dry yeast. Here is a link they are easy and fun and make surprisingly good beer. If your going to attempt all grain I would go with a brown ale or a hefeweizen as they tend to be more forgiving. Happy Brewing!


share|improve this answer

Start with extracts kits, I started with a IPA, and that turned out well. I next tried to make 2 golden ale's which both turned out terribly, probably because my temperatures where way off.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.