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Old 08-30-2014, 01:37 AM   #11
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Just brewed my first batch too! Congrats!

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Old 08-30-2014, 01:45 AM   #12
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Glad it worked out for you now lets hear about your plans for your next brew day---you know its coming!!!

Drink up!!!

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Old 08-30-2014, 02:55 AM   #13
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I'm looking forward to bottling day. Congrats to you too mumume.
I'm planning on two more brews in a couple of weeks. So far I've brewed a India black ale (1st brew) and a Robust Porter (2nd brew). Any suggestions on my 3rd & 4th brews?

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Old 08-30-2014, 03:00 AM   #14
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I just took the first SG reading of the India Black Ale. I sanitized (starsan) my siphon, hydrometer, around the airlock, and my hands. Drew out a test sample. The SG reading is 1.016. The ABV is now at 5.25%. Then i tasted the sample.
If you can imagine a HUGE RONALD McDONALD SMILE OR A KID IN A CANDY STORE FOR THE 1st TIME ....THAT IS ME RIGHT NOW!!! I made beer, and it's good (a 1st brew kinda good). It tasted very similar to a India Black Ale. So, after i got control of my excitement, i added the aroma hops (for dry hopping).
I'll take another SG reading on Wednesday, then another next Saturday. If the readings are the same, I'll bottle next Saturday.

If i wasn't hooked like a fish before, I'm definitely hooked now. I look forward to test tasting the Robust Porter in a couple of weeks.
Congrates, dude! It only gets better and the fun keeps rockin'. best of luck..
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Old 08-30-2014, 03:05 AM   #15
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I'm looking forward to bottling day. Congrats to you too mumume.
I'm planning on two more brews in a couple of weeks. So far I've brewed a India black ale (1st brew) and a Robust Porter (2nd brew). Any suggestions on my 3rd & 4th brews?
Try something a bit lighter, maybe an irish red ale (one of my faves!) Or maybe an amber ale.
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Old 08-31-2014, 02:23 PM   #16
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Michael, that is awesome! I'm ordering my first starter kit today and your post has me more excited than I was!! Hopefully I'll have the same great first batch!

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Old 08-31-2014, 08:33 PM   #17
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Started my first batch a few days ago and it's fermenting nicely now.... How do you guys stop yourselves from opening that bad boy up and taking readings every day!?!? Haha

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Old 08-31-2014, 11:22 PM   #18
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Congrats on your batch. Yes, it is very difficult not to open the lid. I admit, I did look at the airlock 20 times a day, lol.
I'm having more patience with my 2nd batch.

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