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Old 01-09-2007, 06:55 AM   #11
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I go the turtle egg theory : 1000 to start with and at least your are in with a chance of some of them reaching maturity.
Absolutely hilarious, and so true. It's been three months since I brewed my first batch, and I have two bottles left. I brew my second batch two and half months ago, and am also down to just two bottles of that one. But, I have three other batches bottled, and I'm starting to get behind/ahead enough that they're aging better. The last bottle of batch two, which I drank tonight, was awesome. I'm saving the last couple bottles for a few months now.

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I don't know. Maybe Alton Brown brewing show reruns made a big impression? Or else it's just an idea that's picking up steam and more people are hearing about it. Suddenly in mid 2006 I started noticing people talking about homebrew more and more on other forums I frequent, especially barbecue, jeep, and geek forums. I don't recall a media blitz about bleach, so it couldn't have been that.
For me, a brew supply shop opened up about a half mile down the road, which is just ridiculously convenient. The funny thing is, one of my friends that I've been telling about and sharing my brews with used to brew, and his wife bought him ingredients to brew up a doppelbock for Christmas, which was a totally unexpected surprise.

Maybe the time for the rise of homebrewing has truly arrived, my brothers!
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Old 01-09-2007, 01:42 PM   #12
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I don't know. Maybe Alton Brown brewing show reruns made a big impression? Or else it's just an idea that's picking up steam and more people are hearing about it. Suddenly in mid 2006 I started noticing people talking about homebrew more and more on other forums I frequent, especially barbecue, jeep, and geek forums. I don't recall a media blitz about bleach, so it couldn't have been that.
Yeah, dude, out of the blue, one day, I see, on the Digg toplinks page (which sees a NUTload of traffic!), a link to HowStuffWorks's 'How Beer Is Made' page.
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Old 01-09-2007, 01:51 PM   #13
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Patience is aLOT easier to achieve when you have a big backstock of beers. That's what I've noticed. 4 months ago, I'd not have had the patience to "lager" (read: cold-condition @ 37f) my smoked porter for months on end. I'd have bottled that sucka after 2 weeks in secondary, and been popping test bottles within a week. Now...well, it's been in there for over 2 months, and I hardly think about it. I've got probably 14-16 cases of 12's, and 8 cases of miscellaneous large-format bottles...so I can afford to wait. Though, I'll be completely honest: I recently got a convection space heater, and I've got my guest bedroom at probably 75-80f right now, and my IPA and Spring Cherry Stout are in there carbonating. I tried a bottle of both of them this past weekend after less than a week in bottle...but, hey, when you've got two cases, I figure, why not?

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Old 01-09-2007, 03:11 PM   #14
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As a newbie here's my advice...Go to your beer store and keep buying micro brews that you haven't tried. Not only will you find some beer you didn't know you liked, you will also stock up on bottles for your HomeBrew....And leave your brew alone until it's ready!

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Old 01-09-2007, 03:16 PM   #15
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As a newbie here's my advice...Go to your beer store and keep buying micro brews that you haven't tried. Not only will you find some beer you didn't know you liked, you will also stock up on bottles for your HomeBrew....And leave your brew alone until it's ready!

Chalk it up to your "beer education" That's what I do.
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Old 01-09-2007, 03:30 PM   #16
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As a newbie here's my advice...Go to your beer store and keep buying micro brews that you haven't tried. Not only will you find some beer you didn't know you liked, you will also stock up on bottles for your HomeBrew....And leave your brew alone until it's ready!
ROTF - yep, that's what I started doing. And it keeps a steady resupply of required bottles coming in too! I wash and remove labels on maybe 6 bottles a week now, down from what, the 50 or so required in one batch when I first started 2 months ago.

But you can't just ask the newbs to WAIT. I couldn't do it, and I'm a patient person on most other matters.

Like "Lather. Rinse. Repeat." made famous at the OJ trial:
Brew. Drink. Repeat.
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Old 01-09-2007, 03:48 PM   #17
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I second the opinion to just brew more. If you get a couple extra carboys/buckets you can easily do a rapid fire consecutive brew. Of course, I'd piggy back brewing with racking and or bottling to make better use of setup/sanitation. I hardly ever "just" rack or bottle or brew anymore. I drank my first batch within 6 weeks of it being bottled. I still have half of my 2nd batch and now that I'm on batch 8, batches 3-7 have hardly been touched.

By the way, try not to gain 20 pounds and walk the line of alcoholism like I have as a result of the hobby.

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Old 01-09-2007, 04:18 PM   #18
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Newbies: Here's how to ensure that you will follow through with a new batch right away.
Buy 2 kits with that use the same yeast strain and brew them a week apart.
When you rack beer #1 off the primary, pour you new batch on the old yeast cake.

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Old 01-09-2007, 04:29 PM   #19
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As a newbie here's my advice...Go to your beer store and keep buying micro brews that you haven't tried. Not only will you find some beer you didn't know you liked, you will also stock up on bottles for your HomeBrew....And leave your brew alone until it's ready!
GREAT ADVICE.

Don't brew something you're not already sure that you love. It's hard to go through 2 cases of something you hate. (80/- anyone?
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Old 01-09-2007, 04:56 PM   #20
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Don't brew something you're not already sure that you love. It's hard to go through 2 cases of something you hate. (80/- anyone?

Hey cheese, that would be a great beer to use for making chili and other soups.
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