This is an attempt to help new home brewers.
I did an American Amber home brew kit for my first brew:
The instructioons that came with the kit were very good.
The following were notes I made that the instructions did not cover.
buy a long stainless steel spoon
buy bottle brush
buy large funnel
buy turkey baster or wine thief
put dry rugs down on tile floors. Area can get slippery.
secondary fermentation is a waste of time.
need about 50 brown and not twist off.
cooling wort before pitching yeast takes a long time.
measure OG before putting in carboy.
yeast is very active the first couple of days
plug and air cap kept getting pushed out of carboy
I drilled larger holes in cap. This seemed to work.
You may want to use a tube and water vessel set up.
Put priming sugar in before bottling. Mix well.
Use priming sugar calculator Priming sugar calculator
This beer turned out OK but I would not do again. It was a good learner.
My second attempt was a partial mash which turned out very good.
This is the recipe I used, kind of like a Blue Moon. Belgian wit partial mash recipe
It took a long time to cool wort after boil. Put pot in ice water in sink.
Read yeast instructions before starting. Some require 3 hours prep.
Put rags or rubber mat in sink when cooling wort.
I really liked this beer. Family enjoyed also.
Working on full grain right now. Will follow this post with more notes if anyone cares.