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Old 11-14-2012, 12:34 AM   #1
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Default Broke down and popped a bottle...

Well its been 3 weeks since I brewed and 1 week since I bottled... I broke down and opened a bottle... carbonation wasn't bad actually... very little head... still young tasting and a bit yeasty smelling. But all in all not bad for my first try.

I did the Irish Car Bomb so there is definintely a taste of whisky and vanilla there.

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Old 11-14-2012, 02:36 AM   #2
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I know the feeling. With my first beer, it was so hard to not pop a bottle open before at least three weeks. I got to two weeks and then tried one. It was awesome. And it only gets better!

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Old 11-14-2012, 02:41 AM   #3
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Oh man, I was notorious for doing this when I bottled. Sometimes I'd pop it two or three days in. Always a bad idea. A week though, that's acceptable.

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Old 11-14-2012, 02:47 AM   #4
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I almost always try 1 at a week. I tell myself it is a carbonation test but that is just a justification.

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Old 11-14-2012, 06:46 AM   #5
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LOL, the gravity samples of my last couple of batches, two different ESBs, have tasted so good that I had to pull another "sample" or two from both before even bottling!!!!!!!!!!! The one that I bottled last Sunday will probably have a bottle or two in the fridge tomorrow night so that they can be opened at a party on Saturday night.

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Old 11-14-2012, 07:56 AM   #6
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I always kick myself for it later when I run out of the beer, but I like to think it's a test to confirm Revvy's 'On the patience of bottle conditioning' thread, confirmed! but I still pop one here and there

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Old 11-14-2012, 08:54 AM   #7
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Although if was hard to do I made it two weeks before I opened my first, this Saturday I will bottle batch number 2 after three weeks fermenting. This makes three weeks In the bottle for number one so. I'll probably out one or two in the fridge for comparison purposes of course!

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Old 11-14-2012, 10:45 AM   #8
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I usually sample a bottle at 3 weeks. But there is usually a big difference for the better when week 4 hits and even a few more weeks is good with bigger beers. But I wouldnt have known this for myself unless I tried the stuff earlier!

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Early tastes/samples are the brewer's privilege.

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Old 11-14-2012, 07:00 PM   #10
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Yeah it was much better than I thought it would be... although just didn't feel as "full" as I wanted it to. Should have added the malto like I was planning on.

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