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Old 07-18-2011, 05:32 AM   #1
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Default Batch #1 in the pint glass!

After 5 long weeks I popped open batch #1, a pale ale kit from the LHBS. Its quite nice.

It could afford another week or so to carb out so I'll be patient on the rest. It also has no head at all. None! I'll work on that in the future.

I thought I had screwed it all up but I'm glad I read enough here to know not to worry about it because it did turn out afterall!

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Old 07-18-2011, 01:31 PM   #2
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Nice job, congrats !!

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Default Congrats!

It is a nice feeling!!!! I just poured a pint yesterday from my first home brew. A little knowledge from these forums goes a long way. PROST!

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Congrats both it is a great feeling indeed!

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Just remember that you'll see carbonation before great head sometimes. Other times,like my last couple batches,you'll get crazy head,& the much sought after "upside down snow storm" under that. So be patient.
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Make sure you chill the beer for about a day before popping the cap. It takes time at low temp for the CO2 to move from the headspace and be absorbed into the beer.

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Make sure you chill the beer for about a day before popping the cap. It takes time at low temp for the CO2 to move from the headspace and be absorbed into the beer.
Now that I didn't do... Doooh!
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After 5 long weeks I popped open batch #1, a pale ale kit from the LHBS. Its quite nice.

It could afford another week or so to carb out so I'll be patient on the rest. It also has no head at all. None! I'll work on that in the future.

I thought I had screwed it all up but I'm glad I read enough here to know not to worry about it because it did turn out afterall!
After your required conditioning time, make sure your glasses are very clean. Head retention is affected by a number of things, but one you can control is how clean your glasses are. I've notice a signifcant head retention uptick once i started hand washing my glasses.
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