*Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway - Enter Now!*

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > First time tasting
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-03-2006, 05:33 PM   #1
emerty
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 32
Default First time tasting

Hi,

I'm hooked. I've made my first brew from a bitter kit and that's it. Hooked I tell you.

The trouble is that I'm a bit impatient...

I started a brew 3 weeks ago. It spent 2 weeks in the fermenting bin and I siphoned it into a keg last weekend. I've been sneaking little tastes and it's not bad considering I followed the kit instructions.. should I wait some more?

The kit instructions said ferment for 5 days and then bottle for 2 weeks... but I fermented for 2 weeks and kegged for 5 days... and now I can't stop drinking the stuff.. it tastes nice, but will it get any better?? Am I damaging the secondary fermentation by drawing off the odd couple of pints? (I'm not opening the top of the keg, just using the CO2 to push it out..)

I've now gone out and bought Charlie Papazian's book, read it from cover to cover and just been to my local HB store to get loads of quality ingredients.. can't wait to taste the next one!!

Thanks for any responses

__________________
emerty is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-03-2006, 05:34 PM   #2
Igorstien
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Igorstien's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Fredericton, NB
Posts: 185
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

AHHHH...Grasshopper....

The longer beer sit...the better beer taste!!!

IGOR

__________________
Igor Stien

Fermenting: MT
Secondary #1: MT Secondary #2: MT
Conditioning: Nothing Drinking: Store bought
On Deck: Festa Brew Red Ale....As soon as I get my bucket back from storage.

All bottles are Guinness bottles, Plus Five Kegs!!!
Igorstien is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-03-2006, 05:36 PM   #3
homebrewer_99
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
homebrewer_99's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Atkinson (near the Quad Cities), IL
Posts: 17,951
Liked 85 Times on 75 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Plus there's tons of FREE info on the net........

__________________
HB Bill
homebrewer_99 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-03-2006, 05:45 PM   #4
todd_k
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
todd_k's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: RVA
Posts: 2,577
Liked 15 Times on 14 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Simmer down now! Make sure there's some left to sample in a few weeks.

__________________

Primary:
Secondary:
Conditioning:
Kegged: Smoked Porter

todd_k is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-03-2006, 06:04 PM   #5
Ol' Grog
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Chickasha, OK.
Posts: 1,037
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Start brewing your ass off. That's the only way. I went at it the other way around. Got 4 cases of bottles and then got two kegs. Find that it gives a nice balance between the two and times. You know, you can force carb in as little as 4 or so hours, you got to over pressurize and shake the bejesus out of it.

__________________
Ol' Grog is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-04-2006, 12:45 AM   #6
brewmister
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 35
Default

I would drink some now, take some notes, and then let the rest sit for a couple of weeks. Now you can compare the current beer to your notes. I find that my beers tend to mellow a bit with some cold conditioning. (all the flavors mingle) Just my 2 cents

__________________
brewmister is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-05-2006, 09:04 PM   #7
emerty
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 32
Default

yep, definitely better now it's sat for a while. more fizz less of the slightly unpleasant taste, I'm guessing that's the "green" beer that's referred to above.

many thanks for the responses.

Why does brewing invoke such feelings of panic?

__________________
emerty is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-05-2006, 10:24 PM   #8
Igorstien
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Igorstien's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Fredericton, NB
Posts: 185
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by emerty
Why does brewing invoke such feelings of panic?
Women have babies.................Men have BEER!!!!

IGOR
__________________
Igor Stien

Fermenting: MT
Secondary #1: MT Secondary #2: MT
Conditioning: Nothing Drinking: Store bought
On Deck: Festa Brew Red Ale....As soon as I get my bucket back from storage.

All bottles are Guinness bottles, Plus Five Kegs!!!
Igorstien is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What am I tasting? McCall St. Brewer General Beer Discussion 4 01-09-2008 12:22 PM
tasting roofman70 Cider Forum 3 11-30-2007 02:25 AM
1st time kegger, long time drinker (oh and 1st time poster as well) believeinsteve Bottling/Kegging 5 06-29-2007 03:54 AM
Now that my first tasting when ok... ChrisS Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 05-31-2007 02:45 AM
Tasting time arrived last weekend. Blackbyrd2 Mead Forum 2 04-26-2006 04:20 AM