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Old 10-21-2007, 12:55 AM   #1
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I am posting this update to tell all about my All Grain experiences so far. I have brewed 3 batches, all ag oatmeal stouts. My first, about 3 weeks ago, is gone. It was sub-par (for my tastes) until it was aged a little (I cant age long, ive only got 1 keg). It was very sweet, too sweet, probably under fermented. The tastes were to simple and boring, and it was heavy in the stomach. It sure got you drunk though!

Batch 2 went into the keg today. Wow, it tasted like actual quality micro brewed beer. I am SOOOOOO excited to open the keg, on my birthday in 3 days. It is sitting in the garage force carbing at 30psi right now. I was amazed. It was by long and far the BEST beer I have ever made. It was complex, malty and balanced. Wow, wow wow I am so happy...

Enought ranting, thought I would let all know how AG is going for me!

Batch 3 is still in primary, will rack possibly tomorrow. Thought it was infected, but its not! Go starsan! I need that batch to be ready to be drank by Oct 27... I am sick of only getting to drink young beer, I need more kegs!

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Old 10-21-2007, 02:09 AM   #2
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Glad to hear that it's going well for you so far. It certainly sounds like to need to invest in some more kegs!

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Old 10-21-2007, 05:49 AM   #3
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You can bottle some of it. Use larger bottles so you don't have to clean so many. Beer should be aged to be good. You have no idea how good it get's unless you put some bottles away to drink in 28 days or longer. You will see a big difference.

Get out there and scrounge up some cornys. I have 10 right now and it is barely enough.

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Old 10-21-2007, 04:03 PM   #4
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My first, about 3 weeks ago, is gone.
Wow, three weeks and your beer's gone!?! I've still got a week or more left in the secondary at three weeks. I don't know about everybody else here, but most of my ales don't really start to taste good until at least six weeks out, and even longer than that for an Oameal Stout!
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Old 10-21-2007, 04:08 PM   #5
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I am not so worried for now. Once I start brewing beers of choice, 3 weeks will not be nearly long enough. I just needed to get a grasp of all grain. I needed to figure out some numbers, and learn how to do it. For these 3 oatmeal stouts, I am not worried about them being around long.

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Old 10-21-2007, 05:00 PM   #6
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I hear you on the learning part. I drank green beer for the first year I was brewing, lol. Now, my palate can't take it. I hate tasting the beer at transfer now just because of the yeasty flavor, but do so anyway to see past the yeast flavor and get a heads up on the brew. Fastest beer I have ever tasted that was ready to go was 3 weeks from pitch to glass, and that was at the brewery I interned at (thanks Marks and Ritchie by the way). It was a light ale, but was mostly water anyways and a staple of young Texas Tech women, lol. I guess their wheat was only a little bit longer than that, but always tasted better when the serving tank was almost empty a week or more later (at least to me, these kids all drank it green).

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The only beers I can palate in the 1st couple of weeks after the kegging is a wheat beer. Other than that I give them 3-6 months at room temp before I tap it. The aging is really something that does not get enough talk around here. Don't let your friends drink green beer or they may make fun of your beer when they leave.

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Truer words can't be spoken!!!!!!! Age is everything!!!!!!!! I'm a minimal 1 month ager at least for most ales anyway. Haven't done any lagers on the home brewing scale yet, but those will come when I get another couple of kegs.

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Well, once I have multiple kegs, aging wont be such a problem. I want to age, I just dont have the resources. I hate bottling, so thats out of the option for me. I will put up with green beer until I get a few more kegs.

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Well, once I have multiple kegs, aging wont be such a problem.
wanna bet It dosent matter how many cornies you have you still wont let it set... Or at least I cant.. I just cant wait to taste it. I have 20+ cornies and I brew 12 gal batches @ a time and for some strange reason I just cant keep them FULL
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