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Old 07-28-2012, 02:37 AM   #1
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Default WOOHOO!!!! First time brewer #Winning



Forgive me for tooting my own horn. I know I can't win every time.
until about 4 weeks ago I had never made beer. jumped in with both feet and went all grain for a first batch. first batch was an oatmeal stout.

Larrys Oatmeal stout (LHBS)
10LB 2row
1/2LB black malt
1LB roasted bareley
1/2LB chocolate malt
3/4LB
80L crystal
1/2C molasses
1LB flaked oats
2oz Erroica 45min
2oz cascade 15mi
1 Tsp Irish moss
1 Irish ale yeast
4T ground coffee

H20 at 153 into mash tun with grain and coffee 60min
oatmeal in a pot with a gal of 160 H2O 20min then sparge oats
Sparge with 170H2O
aprox 6.25G wart add molasses

A few weeks have gone by and the wife and I had a blind taste test with Homebrew vs Ninkasi OATIS and Samuel Smith Oatmeal stout. We were able to pick our's from a blind test but
Ours was very very close to Ninkasi our neighbor thought our Homebrew was the commercial beer

One Happy Homebrewer!!
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:00 AM   #2
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Congratulations! It's always nice to get those types of compliments when people try your beer. Get used to it because it's gonna keep happening! Welcome to the addiction. Cheers.

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Old 07-28-2012, 07:45 AM   #3
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Welcome to the dark side... Congrats

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Old 07-28-2012, 02:44 PM   #4
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I am already planning a batch for next weekend. 5g or 10g? And ohhhh what to make??

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I am already planning a batch for next weekend. 5g or 10g? And ohhhh what to make??
10 gallons for a 2nd batch ever? Sir, I admire your tenacity. If you got the kettle for it, why not?
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Old 07-29-2012, 12:05 AM   #6
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As far as a recipe goes I'd say make the type of beer you like to drink. I always say you can't go wrong with a nice brown ale or a hoppy IPA. Follow your heart.

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Old 07-29-2012, 01:48 AM   #7
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I can still remember how GOOD my first batch tasted to me. mainly cause it was only about 8 months ago LOL. But still.

When you get a small but devoted fanbase (I personally have about five who demand to be served with a four-pack of every batch I make), it kicks that satisfaction up even more. A stout was a pretty ballsy first brew to make, I must admit.

Having said that, hell, the world's your oyster. I personally have developed about four recipes I like doing, and have done multiple times. I've got an APA I do that's moving up the list of my favorites, an ESB that admittedly, is moving down, an IPA that will become KILLA when I introduce dry-hopping, and now that I have my fridge, I shall be making some amber lagers.

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lol, yeah I've come to realize drunks aren't hard to please ;p

Seriously, you did good, congratulations!

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Yeah way to go on your first batch, love me a good oatmeal stout!

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lol, yeah I've come to realize drunks aren't hard to please ;p
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