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These are just some ideas of do's and don'ts to help new brewers along the way. Your first few brews can be daunting enough with out having a lot of unaswered questions bouncing around your head. Have a quick flick through the pointers below to help you stay right on track. Once again a big thanks to forum member BadLee for this contribution.

Do gather as much information as possible; there are heaps of websites out there full to the brim with all you need to know and more. You can even buy Marty Natchels book Home brewing for dummies at B2S.

Don't take it for granted that just because you read it on a forum it must be correct, always seek a second opinion!

Do get all the basic equipment before you start. You WILL need a hydrometer no matter what your grandfather said.

Don't leave anything to chance. Print out a brew sheet with all of you ingredients and times on, that way you can’t forget your 4th of 6 hop additions.

Don't forget to keep a log of what you did and when you did it. By keeping a record of times, temperatures, OGs, FGs, yeasts and adjuncts used in your brews you can keep track of what works and what doesn't. You might just find one day that you want to replicate that great beer of last year and can't remember how you did it!

Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something. I was told on one of the many forums that I could not malt corn and make beer with it. The south and central Americans have been doing it for as long as the hills have been around and even the iconic Dogfish Head brewery did it, TWICE! So if you have an idea, no matter how strange, then go with it. Because in the end if it does go wrong (my corn beer didn't) you just keep a log of it and mark it down to experience!

Do experiment. Just because you have never heard of someone doing something, doesn't mean it can't be done. Be brave and dare to push the boat out. You never know, you just might stumble onto something truly great!