Before you even begin your homebrewing experience there is one important aspect you have to look at: What style of beer do you want to make? There are literally hundreds of different styles out there and all differ in significant ways. These differences include:
For your first homebrewed beer I think that you should look at the styles of beer that you like best. Whether it is a lager, or a stout, this is a good starting point, and you shouldn’t be dissapointed with the end result.
Lots of people have commented that they don’t like their first homebrew beer. On one occasion the person had made a stout. I questioned them on whether they liked Guiness, to which they replied: ‘Not Really.’ If you don’t like a style of beer, then don’t make it.
Here is a definitive list of beer styles. If I have missed any, just comment below.
- Wheat Beer
- Pale Ale
- Dark Ale
- Cider (Apple Beer)
- Mead (Honey Beer)
- Red Ale
- German Beers (there are literally hundreds of german varieties to list, and I wouldn’t know where to begin)
- Barley Wine
- Steam Beers
- Smoked Beers
Most countries have their own variations on a standard style which I havn’t listed. For example, an English Ale and an American Ale are still both within the Ale category.