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Old 10-05-2013, 03:39 PM   #1
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Default What was your first "perfect" beer?

After 1 year of brewing and about 20 batches I finally made my first perfect beer (aka I personally wouldn't change anything about it) it was an IPA I brewed using the DFH continually hopped method like 60min but with different malts and hops. What was your first "perfect" brew?

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Old 10-05-2013, 03:43 PM   #2
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"Perfect" is always a work in progress. "Repeatable" is my benchmark for perfection, in which that great beer you brewed can be re-brewed consistently and repeatedly.

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Ok fine then what was your first repeatable recipe?

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Old 10-05-2013, 03:48 PM   #4
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My first "wow this is way better than anything I've bought in a store" moment was my Lake Walk Pale ale (recipe by HBT's one and only "Dude"). I can only hope that it's as good the next time or ten that I make it.

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Old 10-05-2013, 03:49 PM   #5
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I have been brewing for 2 years 3 months and have made some truly great beers. I would not say any were "perfect". Even the best I made could be changed a little and I would have another best.

My favorites so far were a brown ale, a Scottish Wee Heavy and my version of John Palmer's Elevenses.

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Old 10-05-2013, 03:53 PM   #6
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My first "wow this is way better than anything I've bought in a store" moment was my Lake Walk Pale ale (recipe by HBT's one and only "Dude"). I can only hope that it's as good the next time or ten that I make it.
I was just going to say this one as well. This was easily my favorite beer. It helps that my favorite style to drink and brew are pale ales. I have since brewed a couple other great pale ales but this was my first.
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Old 10-05-2013, 04:03 PM   #7
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also been brewing for a little over a year, 12 batches.

#12 is first pilsner, first lager, first co-brew, first decoction. still lagering, so don't know how it has turned out yet

#11 is my best so far. it started as a Devil's Backbone 8 Point IPA clone, have brewed it twice, having come nowhere close to an actual clone, it is a very tasty brew.

First time it wasn't hoppy at all, but had an awesome malty character, so called it an OK American amber. 2nd time, I kept the grain bill exactly the same, added another hop one of the DB brewers said I was missing, & moved the rest of the hops more towards the end. I also kept better temperature control on the fermentation and it turned out great. again not an IPA, not a clone, so call it a really good American pale.

next time I brew it, end of November, same grain bill, push hops further towards the end, we'll see how it turns out

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The next one.
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Everyone thinks they make "perfect" or at least "great" beer. Kind of goes with that territory. The eye of the beholder thing.

For me, heaven in a glass was an IPA with garden hops four years ago. The judges agreed and gave me a 48. I probably will never score that high again, "only" 44 two years ago with a barleywine, and 43 last year with an american stout.

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I've brewed relentlessly this past year. Got started brewing on new year's day this year, and to say the least, it is my love, my profession, and my obsession. Averaging a batch a week at home, I also work for a micro brewery, making about 100bbls a week on average there.

My first perfect beer I brewed back in april. It was this off the cuff idea of brewing a sangria inspired pale ale. Something with a wealth of wide ranging fruity qualities. I originally thought of adding a bunch of different fruit zest to the beer, but I went with a more traditional recipe. The grist was 2-row, munich, crystal 40, hopped with sorachi ace, motueka, citra, nelson sauvin, and mosaic. I shared it with many people at a big party we had at the brewery, and it was really fun hearing everyone describe the beer. It was a total success, so many people came up with such different fruit descriptors. It was a serious confidence boost for me as a brewer.

In contrast to that which recipe, which was the pilot batch (!), I've been slowly tweaking an esb recipe since february, and I think I just finally nailed it 6 batches later.

My biggest problem is getting a beer to clear, I really need to invest in a fridge/freezer to use for crashing beers before they hit the keg. At least pretty soon I'll have the near freezing temperatures in my garage to provide the free option for crashing beers.

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