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Old 03-15-2008, 08:16 PM   #1
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Default Tried hard to ruin my first brew

So my first home brew is 12 days from extract. (8 in primary and 4 in secondary)

It was an AHS amber ale (on special for $20). I did just about everything wrong while making this beer.

I pitched the yeast at about 95F, fermented for the first 24 hours at about 86F, and started the siphon during racking with my mouth (w/o vodka).

During racking, my fiancee came in from the other room to see "what's that banana smell?" Obviously from the high ferm temps.

So I thought I'd take a sample today to see just how bad it was, and expected a banana fusel cocktail.

I have to say though.....it was actually pretty damn good for flat, warm beer!

I tried everything I could to ruin this batch and so far its been pretty good. I can't wait until its had another couple weeks in the secondary and then some in the keg.

I especially can't wait for my second brew (Texas Blonde Ale), in which I applied my lessons learned, and hope to produce a much better beer.

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Old 03-15-2008, 08:28 PM   #2
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Sometimes its amazing how they turn out when we try to ruin them! Then again, sometimes they don't turn out well even when we do everything right. My second brew was supposed to be a Mendocino "Red Tail Ale" clone but it taste like I imagine the underside of the toilet seat taste like.

My later efforts have been much better thankfully.

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Old 03-16-2008, 03:16 PM   #3
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My wife claims my first brew is my best ever. The list of things I did wrong are too numerous to mention, but they have provided fuel for RDWHAHB attitude when brewing for the rest of my batches.

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Old 03-16-2008, 03:36 PM   #5
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Thanks for the support. I've learned volumes since I've found this site.

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Old 03-17-2008, 04:58 PM   #6
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Congrats to you for kegging your FIRST brew!

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Glad it turned out ok.

For siphoning, I have never used anything but one of these

Relatively inexpensive and so easy to use. And you don't have to worry as much about contamination.

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Old 03-19-2008, 05:26 AM   #8
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Glad it turned out ok.

For siphoning, I have never used anything but one of these

Relatively inexpensive and so easy to use. And you don't have to worry as much about contamination.
I wish they made these for the aquarium hobby! I woulda bought one of these when i first started. It sure as hell beats a mouth full of fish water!

that's all I've ever used too.
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Old 03-24-2008, 09:31 PM   #9
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I just bottled my first brew last night and did siphon with my mouth. Am I screwed or what? I didnt know what else I was supposed to do.

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Old 03-24-2008, 09:40 PM   #10
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Congrats on your first brew! Welcome to the addiction....

I just switched over to AG, but remember my first batch well...I too posted probably half my meager post-count I have during that time...the guys on HBT are the best...

You might get some good-natured ribbing occasionally, but no question ever goes un-answered...

cheers and good luck with future batches...

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