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Old 02-12-2007, 01:38 AM   #1
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I made it through the endless two weeks waiting to bottle my first batch. I have read in numerous threads and topics that patience and time is almost always a positive in the home brewing arena. So today I bottled 5 gallons of wheat from a Cooper's hopped extract kit with another KG of wheat extract added in place of the prescribed sugar - another good tidbit picked up in the forums. I let it set undisturbed for two weeks - today I racked and bottled. 5 gallons yielded 30 - 12 oz. bottles and 16 - 16 oz. bottles. The color is a beautiful deep gold - slightly cloudy which I expected in a wheat. Now two weeks (minimum, I know) bottle conditioning to see how it is. Of course I tasted it today and as I also expected, it tasted like very flat beer, but beer none the less. Kinda blah tasting - not much flavor but no bad flavors either (that part is encouraging).
On to batch #2. I boiled up an American Amber Ale - used a generic recipe I found web browsing. It had a pound of specialty grains (steeped), 6.5 lbs of amber LME, and a pound of light DME. Also 3 types of hops at various intervals and irish moss for clarifying. Looked and smelled awesome. I purchased a 5 gallon glass carboy for use as a secondary for this batch and going forward. (My first batch that I bottled today was in the primary the entire two weeks). Couple of questions - assuming that my yeast takes and I get good fermentation this week, at what point should I rack to the secondary, and how long should it stay there? I'm thinking that a week in primary and two weeks in secondary is about right. Any input from y'all is much appreciated.
Just as a side note - what an incredibly satisfying feeling it was bottling today. My wife probably thinks I'm nuts but I was grinning all day long. :}

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Old 02-12-2007, 01:43 AM   #2
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Just as a side note - what an incredibly satisfying feeling it was bottling today. My wife probably thinks I'm nuts but I was grinning all day long. :}
Yeup, a lot of brewing is about patience. now you have to let it sit and carbonate. ...testing is mandatory throughout this process though.

I also love the feeling of putting the caps on the bottles. Like getting to the finish line, except 50 times!
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Old 02-12-2007, 03:40 PM   #3
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congrats. good beer takes time to develop so follow 1-2-3 schedule. 1 wk in primary-2 wk in secondary-3 wk in bottle

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You guys make me all excited to bottle my first batch! I have less then a week to wait. It will be this Saturday or Sunday (whenever I have the time).

I had it in the primary for one week & it will have been in the secondary for two weeks.

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Trick is to get in a schedule where you are either brewing, racking, or bottling every weekend. This both gives you something to do each weekend and also keeps fresh homebrew coming every week or two.

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