Be careful with your sanitation, follow the directions, keep the fermenting beer as cool as you can (low 60s is the ideal) and it will turn out great. Welcome to a great hobby! :cheers: [/quote][/quote]
Good sanitation is by far the most important habit to get into. I made my first extract batch in July of 1971 and it turned out surprisingly good, but probably only because I did the batch with a college buddy who was a biology major (it was his idea to use 2 cans of Blue Ribbon extract as well). He instinctively steered us in the right direction and that’s probably why I’m still brewing today. Nowadays, all the available ingredients are better so your chances of success are even greater.
Bottom line: select an extract kit (our hosts have some very good ones), follow the directions, and keep everything clean. Really… you are practically guaranteed a good or even great result if your sanitation is up to par.