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Old 01-11-2013, 12:43 PM   #31
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mine wasn't bad, but it wasn't super tasty either, it tasted pretty much like a bland brown ale (which is good since it was a brown ale).

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Old 01-11-2013, 12:54 PM   #32
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My first batch: scortched, oxidized, pitched too hot, fermented warm, fermentation too short ........
Second batch: crowd favorite.

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Old 01-11-2013, 02:11 PM   #33
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My first was a partial mash pale ale, a recipe from this forum. I was happy with it. Friends really enjoyed it. I want to brew it again, now that I know what I'm doing (sort of).

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Old 01-11-2013, 02:21 PM   #34
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My first extract was a DIPA. It was great. My first All Grain was a SNPA clone. It was great too. I got lulled into a false sense of security. The 2-3 batches that came after were pretty bad. It eventually got better though.

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Old 01-11-2013, 02:35 PM   #35
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My first brew turned out good even after I made a bunch of mistakes like repitching and opening the lid everyday to see what was happening inside. It was a little rough at first but then I let it condition in the bottles for a few more weeks and it got better with time. I guess Mr Beer kits are hard to screw up. I'm sampling my second batch, it's a Mr Beer Winter Dark Ale, this Saturday. I can't wait and I expect it will be fine. This Sunday I'm doing my first partial mash. I'm very excited but slightly worried that I'll screw it up as it's slightly more complicated than the Mr Beer kits I'm used to.

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Old 01-11-2013, 02:46 PM   #36
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I think it's easy to be super-critical of the first batch, and I was not overly pleased with mine. However, my friend and I were able to rattle off numerous commercial beers that tasted worse, so overall it was a great experience. Knowing that I BREWED IT made it enjoyable, and identifying where I needed to improve my process made it very educational.

I boiled off too much liquid and it was really dark and cloudy (extract added at beginning of boil, did not cold crash). It was at least 7.5% alcohol...more than I like (I use the hydrometer more now to manage OG). However, I learned so much on that batch that I truly enjoyed the experience. I realized the areas of my brewing that needed improvement and it helped steer my research online and in books to improve my processes.

Brew #1: (Red Ale, 5 Gallon Extract with steeping grains, Irish Moss used, overly aggressive 60 minute boil, wort chiller used, no cold crash, no secondary, poor OG monitoring and adjustments)

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Old 01-11-2013, 03:09 PM   #37
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I was glad it tasted like beer...but it wasn't great. It also wasn't a style that I generally like.

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Old 01-11-2013, 04:09 PM   #38
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My first batch had an terrible tannin taste due to boiling my grains...I did end of drinking all 5 gals of it though. 2nd batch was meh..not great I picked a wheat which I am not a huge fan of the style. 3rd and 4th = amazing. I'm doing my 5th this weekend which is going to be my first all grain so itll prob turn out bad too haha

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Old 01-11-2013, 04:28 PM   #39
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Not an either/or.
My Continental Light Lager was enjoyably quaffable with lot's of problems. While it tasted good enough to be commercial, it was a fizzy, hazy mess.
Only two brews seemed problem free. Every brew has been enjoyable.

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Old 01-11-2013, 04:37 PM   #40
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I think if your first batch was drinkable you should consider it a success.

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