There, as I mentioned, lots of sites out there with lots of information.
What there are most of, though, are recipes - lots of combinations of grains, malts, hops, yeasts, sugars...
So, to keep it simple, I went for an extract method. This gives you a lot more flexibility of flavours compared to kits, but is a lot less fuss than the various full-grain methods.
So, my simple beer recipe, aimed at making forty pints* is;
- 3kg malt extract
- 50g hops
- 1 packet yeast
For this first attempt, I decided to use a dried "amber" malt and a "Gold" beer yeast.
I bought them online, from The Home Brew Shop
, but there are many other suppliers around the world. If you are lucky enough to have a physical shop that sells brewing ingredients nearby, then I recommend you talk to them. [Edit: I've found a "real world" supplier called You Can Brew It
in Diss, Norfolk. Not a huge range of malts, but enough to experiment for months, and it's easy for me to get to, and they have all the equipment you could possibly need. They also cater for cider and wine making from kits or raw materials.] *A note on units - beer is drunk in pints, but European legislation means that ingredients have to be sold in metric units. Such is life.