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Old 04-29-2008, 03:50 AM   #1
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Default 1st Batch - First Taste @ Bottle Week 2

So Here are some pics of my first ever homebrew and some notes on my tasting.
It's a Brewers Best English Brown Extract with Specialty Grains Kit.
I brewed on Easter Sunday, I'm in the process of the 1-2-3 method.
SG = 1.046, FG 1.012
These are photos and taste observations of Bottle Condition week 2.
Decent little puff of co2 upon opening, wow nice head. Smells a ltlle sweet/fruity still. Not very clear but no real floaties, just a bit couldy hazy. Next time I'll use gelatin or irish moss. Tastes good, not very good or excellent, yet. Possibly a little thin. Head stayed around and laced nicely thought. Beer gets better with each sip. My therory is that at week 3 it will be very good progressing through excellent in weeks 4, 5, 6, gone.

Thanks to all you HBT guys (EAC's and non EAC's a like), I'm not saying I couldn't have done it without you, but i'm sure it wouldn't have been as good, and probably would have been thrown away in a n00b panic. Thanks guys and gals.

carb-cloud.jpg   first-pour.jpg   little-hazy.jpg   lacing-half-through.jpg   final-lacing.jpg  

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Old 04-29-2008, 04:33 AM   #2
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What I've always noticed is that beer keeps getting better with every sip.

Don't drink it all before you've given it a chance to age some, at least a month or two. Then it'll be much better.

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Old 04-29-2008, 05:23 AM   #3
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That beer looks delicious man. Don't worry too much about the haziness. How did you cool down your wort? Did you secondary?

Congrats!

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Old 04-29-2008, 06:03 AM   #4
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Wow, the head looks very creamy!

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Old 04-29-2008, 11:39 AM   #5
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Wow, the head looks very creamy!
+1 on achieving some nice head
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Looks like it's already fulled carbonated--put that beer in the fridge for about 2 weeks and I'd bet you anything it's nice and clear (just leave the last 1" in the bottle).

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+1, it's probably hazy because you chilled it the same day you drank it. Even a few days in the cold will help precipitate the chill haze. 2 weeks will be better. Stash one in the back of the fridge for a month and you'll THINK you filtered it.

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I'm definately going to hide a 6-er from myself. That beer in the photo was chilled for 48hrs. I'm sure some additional chill time would definately help to clear it. I also only left 1/8 - 1/4" in the bottom so that also probably contributed to the haze.
Question though, will chilling it pause or stall the aging process. I felt like it needed another week or 2 to help tone down some lingering sweetness, and balance it all out.

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I'm definately going to hide a 6-er from myself. That beer in the photo was chilled for 48hrs. I'm sure some additional chill time would definately help to clear it. I also only left 1/8 - 1/4" in the bottom so that also probably contributed to the haze.
You will be amazed at the clarity difference between a couple days and a couple weeks (or months).

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Question though, will chilling it pause or stall the aging process. I felt like it needed another week or 2 to help tone down some lingering sweetness, and balance it all out.
If it's carbonated then put it in the fridge. Chilling will only help the aging process.
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I love good head...hehehe

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