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Old 09-25-2007, 10:25 PM   #1
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Default I made BEER!!!

I feel like Tom Hanks in Cast Away upon making fire...


My fist batch is officially beer! Started the SNPA clone last Sat. night, had a blast and ended up with a wort with an O.G. of 1.052. My bucket has been keeping me company in my office in a water tub and bubbled away for about a week. Checked the F.G. today and am at 1.013 which is pretty much where I need to be.

I'm in Arizona, so I'm still a bit worried about the temp, but I kept the bucket covered with a wet towel with my ceiling fan on the entire time, and the water in the tub held at a constant 72 degrees. Dropped the thermometer in the brew today and it read 74, so I think I'll be fine.

I am indebted to you all (lurked for a few weeks before starting my batch) and to the great info on howtobrew.com. Here's to looking forward to the next batch!

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Old 09-25-2007, 10:29 PM   #2
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Congratulations.

Now...get ready to set that beer aside in bottles and forget about them for about 3-4 weeks.

Then, go get the ingredients for your next batch.

If you keep yourself busy with your next batch of brew, you'll be less tempted to mess with, sample, drink up you current batch before it's ready.

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Old 09-25-2007, 10:57 PM   #3
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Congrats! And brew season is getting closer; another month and that whole temp thing will be easier to manage. There's "stuff" out there to brew in summer as well to manage your temps. Fermentation Chiller, temp controlled freezers but for now, like BM stated, get the train rolling. That 1st batch goes really quick once ready

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Old 09-25-2007, 11:05 PM   #4
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now you in BIG trouble!!!! once the "bug" grabs hold,, theres no turning back!!!!
congrats my friend, enjoy your new found hobby!

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Old 09-25-2007, 11:14 PM   #5
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Jesus BM, 3-4 weeks!!! I'm bottling my first batch tomorrow. I was planning 2 weeks to sample. Your killing me...

I'm starting a new batch on thursday. Maybe the Kolsch i'm doing will take my mind off it...

Cheers...

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Congrats! May your water have the proper ph, your burner sufficient strength, and any family members give you the requisite storage space!

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Old 09-25-2007, 11:43 PM   #7
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Jesus BM, 3-4 weeks!!! I'm bottling my first batch tomorrow. I was planning 2 weeks to sample. Your killing me...
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Two weeks to "sample" is fine. So long as a sampling doesn't turn in to polishing off a luke warm 12 pack.
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Old 09-26-2007, 12:18 AM   #8
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its a great feeling isnt it. Now with the temps cooling off its time to kick it into first gear so you and your friends & family cant stay nice and buzzed all fall and winter

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its a great feeling isnt it. Now with the temps cooling off its time to kick it into first gear so you and your friends & family cant stay nice and buzzed all fall and winter
Indeed it is... and while I'm in the Phoenix area now, I grew up in Sierra Vista...
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"polishing off a luke warm 12 pack"

haha guilty

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