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Old 10-05-2007, 03:58 AM   #1
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So I've been lurking on the site since I converted my old fridge into a kegerator and have had an itching to do my own. I had one of those nasty DIY kits with the little cube that made a 6-pack, but I really wanted something that I could enjoy, so I went to www.cwinemakers.com 's retail location and picked up a two-stage homebrew kit. The guy there was knowledgeable and helped me pick up ingredients that would make a nice first brew. I used:

1 lb 20L Crystal Malt
3 lb 5 oz Munton's Canadian Style Ale ME
6.5 oz Light DME from the Lakeview Valley Kit
1 lb 10 oz Briess DME
.75 oz Hops that came with the Lakeview Valley kit
1 pkg Burton Water Salts

I also did a nice yeast starter for about 2 hours while I was prepping and boiling that included

Fermentis Safale s-04 Dry Yeast

2/3 c Briess DME
1 Tsp Dextrose
1/4 tsp Dried Yeast that came with the Muntons
1 pkg Yeast starter nutrients

It's now in the basement where its cooler and the airlock is chugging away.

I haven't decided whether or not force carbonate the beer or not.

My question is: Can I bottle about 2 gal first and then put the rest (3 gal) into a 5 gal corny keg and force carbonate that? They had some decent prices for refurbished ones so I'm going to go back when its time to bottle.



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Old 10-05-2007, 04:08 AM   #2
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Welcome!
Congrats on the fist brew! As for the question, yes, you can bottle 2 gal and keg 3 gal. I bet you'll get tired of bottling after a couple of batches and switch to kegging exclusively.



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Old 10-05-2007, 04:18 AM   #3
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Thanks, its really much darker than what I thought it would be.

There are two reasons why I'm considering bottling.

1. I want to be able to share it with other people. Birthday? Here's a six pack. Got laid off work? Here's a six pack. I'm into sharing.

2. I want to see the difference in the flavors.

Edit: Here's a pic of the krausen after six hours:

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Old 10-05-2007, 04:25 AM   #4
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Looks good!
Sharing is a big part of homebrew, I just hope your friends like your beer more than mine! (They're into commercial brews, don't even think they know what real beer tastes like)

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Old 10-05-2007, 04:27 AM   #5
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fine lookin' brew, congrats!

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Did I count right? Over 11 lbs of extract?

What was your OG?

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I had to look 3 times, but it says 6.5ozs of Light DME. instead of lbs. Would have been a burly first brew though! Welcome to the obsession
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Old 10-05-2007, 12:55 PM   #8
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Cant go wrong with Canadian Style beer

I find sometimes it looks a little darker in the carboy then it actually is - when it is done and you are pouring it into a class to drink it will look a little lighter i think. Although from what I can see your right on track for what a Canadian ale should look like

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Old 10-05-2007, 01:01 PM   #9
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Welcome!
Congrats on the fist brew! As for the question, yes, you can bottle 2 gal and keg 3 gal. I bet you'll get tired of bottling after a couple of batches and switch to kegging exclusively.
Yeah I agree... in fact I just bottled my second batch and I am already tired of cleaning bottles!
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I do both bottle and keg. So it's not a problem. Once in the keg I find it harder to wait for the carb process. to finish.



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