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Old 06-24-2006, 06:59 PM   #1
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Default First brew next weekend.

Well I just ordered the rest of my brewing stuff. I will be doing my primary in a plastic fermenter and transferring into a 6 gallon carboy for my secondary. I also just bought "The joys of homebrewing" to help me out. I have 7 lbs of Amber LME, 2 oz of Domestic crystal hops, and brewers yeast. Should be a basic amber by the time I'm done(hopefully). Any tips for a first timer?

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Old 06-24-2006, 07:12 PM   #2
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Clean, sanitise, relax. Keep the carboy out of the sun.

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David kinda summed it up, but if you don't feel confident then try to find someone who's brewed before (to hold your hand and point out where you're about to go wrong). I did. He was a great help.

I was out-brewing him within 6 months. That was in '93. Now he comes over looking for HB (my son-in-law).

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Clean, sanitise, relax. Keep the carboy out of the sun.
I am doing all my fermenting in my garage where it is a steady temp of 65-68 and dark as night all the time. I figure this way if I do happen to have a blow off it isn't going to ruin my apartment Not sure about the winter but I would imagine it would get cold enough in there to try a Lager.
I imagine the book I ordered will probably tell me but I might as well ask. 7lbs of extract syrup 2 oz of hops is what I have. What's the ratio there? Should I use the whole 7 lbs? All 2 oz of the hops? or do I need more or different hops to mix in?
I also just discovered that I forgot some supplies. I need a bottle brush and carboy brush as well. If anyone has any ingredients that might make this better, let me know since I am placing an order anyway...

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There are some things you can do to make this a better beer...

First, read all you can BEFORE you brew:

here's a good place to start http://www.howtobrew.com/intro.html

If you want to start a little further along the Homebrew path, read section 2, Brewing Your First Extract and Specialty Grain Beer... that will give you some good tips on how to make this an even more wonderful American Amber Ale... however, what you have WILL make beer!!!

Look at the BJCP guidelines for Amber Ale for some info about this style... http://www.bjcp.org/styles04/Category10.html#style10B

I'd suggest maybe another 1.5 oz of the Crystal hops as they are lower in AAUs... 1.5 oz for 60 minutes, 1 oz for 20 minutes and 1 oz for 2 minutes should bring you up around 32 IBUs (it depends on the AAU% of your batch of hops)... the 7 lbs. LME should give you around 1.050 OG and that would be a nice balanced beer IMO

Also, check out ProMash http://www.promash.com/... this is a WONDERFUL program IMO and I use it for all my recipe formulation... use the free evaluation and see if you like it... there are other programs as well, so look around and chose the one you like best


Hope that helps, and Welcome to the wonderful world of Homebrewing!!!

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There are some things you can do to make this a better beer...

First, read all you can BEFORE you brew:

here's a good place to start http://www.howtobrew.com/intro.html

If you want to start a little further along the Homebrew path, read section 2, Brewing Your First Extract and Specialty Grain Beer... that will give you some good tips on how to make this an even more wonderful American Amber Ale... however, what you have WILL make beer!!!

Look at the BJCP guidelines for Amber Ale for some info about this style... http://www.bjcp.org/styles04/Category10.html#style10B

I'd suggest maybe another 1.5 oz of the Crystal hops as they are lower in AAUs... 1.5 oz for 60 minutes, 1 oz for 20 minutes and 1 oz for 2 minutes should bring you up around 32 IBUs (it depends on the AAU% of your batch of hops)... the 7 lbs. LME should give you around 1.050 OG and that would be a nice balanced beer IMO

Also, check out ProMash http://www.promash.com/... this is a WONDERFUL program IMO and I use it for all my recipe formulation... use the free evaluation and see if you like it... there are other programs as well, so look around and chose the one you like best


Hope that helps, and Welcome to the wonderful world of Homebrewing!!!

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That helps a ton. Thanks. I am trying to read as much as I can but learning some of the formula's and the Acronyms are a bit daunting. Hopefully it will come out good. I've always wanted to brew my own but never had the space. I'm really lookign forward to it. I'm inviting a couple friends over who have brewed in the past to help out.

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Grain, my friend, grain. Adds a bit of mouth feel to the batch. All extract beers tend to taste watery, IMHO. If you want to stick to the amber theme, steep about a pound (I'd do two pounds) of a medium Lov crystal (grain, not hop) malt at 155 degrees for about 30 mins. You'll thank me later....



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Grain, my friend, grain. Adds a bit of mouth feel to the batch. All extract beers tend to taste watery, IMHO. If you want to stick to the amber theme, steep about a pound (I'd do two pounds) of a medium Lov crystal (grain, not hop) malt at 155 degrees for about 30 mins. You'll thank me later....



I will do...thanks! This is why I love forums so much. You get a ton of experience without actually learning it trial by fire.

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It might sound corny but Im sure its happened before, that the night before my first brew (2 months ago) I couldnt get much sleep because I was so excited to get started. After having read so much and you feel you are overprepared, but since my first batch, I have read so much MORE that I know I wasnt.

My first batch I chilled the wort in a ice tub & poured into my carboy full of almost frozen water. This caused my temp to fall VERY quickly but almost too quickly as I wasnt all that ready with the yeast (and I wanted to pitch at the right temp). Next time I will do one or the other (ice bath / wort chiller) or pouring into icy cold water.

I also made sure to clean and sanitize after I used all the equipment. This might have been overcautious at the time, but it saved me time the next batch scraping out my carboy.

Other than that have FUN and get some sleep the night before

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I was planning on an ice bath to cool the wort. I don't have any more cash for a chiller just yet. Hopefully it will go well and I will definitely have to make sure and get some rest. I will be pretty psyched come next weekend. I am hoping this is the beginning to a beautiful friendship between me, my brewing equipment, and this board.


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