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Old 08-05-2013, 02:26 PM   #31
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Well done. A good and gracious example for all of us newbies that have yet to reach that first batch.

Soon. Soon.

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Awesome! I just tried my first 5 gallon batch a couple days ago. It was pretty good for ~10 days in the bottle. I know it will get better. I have the Caribou Slobber in primary right now. I just picked up a 6 gallon bucket to use as a secondary. I'll rack the CS in about a week and start another batch. This is a great hobby!
not to get too off subject but i wanted to give some advice. Try to use a 5 gallon vessel when doing secondary. You want as little head space as possible
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Forget buying another fermenter (for the moment). If you have the space, look at getting a used chest freezer or fridge and get a external temperature controller. Since you have your fermenter covered up, this would be the good time to look around the local ads for a used fridge/freezer.

EDIT: Oh, and congrats on that first batch and welcome to the hobby.

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not to get too off subject but i wanted to give some advice. Try to use a 5 gallon vessel when doing secondary. You want as little head space as possible
I have a very limited amount to spend on my addiction (home brewing), so I try to go on the cheap, Home De pot, has food grade 5 gallon buckets and lids; both for $5.00 as i remember. As has happened to me, after racking to my secondary, a 5 gallon bucket has plenty of room to rest. I have also gone to the bakery at Wally world, and gotten both 2 and 3-1/2 gallon covered buckets that once contained frosting, and I paid $1.00 per. Just an idea.1 dollar for a bucket, and 3 dollars for a valve, and vio'la half batch fermenters.
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Old 08-05-2013, 07:41 PM   #35
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Yes! I'll drink to that!

If you look up now you might catch a glimpse of the sky disappearing as you descend down the rabbit hole that is homebrewing.

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Old 08-06-2013, 02:35 AM   #36
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A good first batch? Good job. I brewed a whole lot of bad before I got good beer - happy to hear you're off to a good start.

Next stop ... A keg system!

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They're so cute at this age!

Just kidding, bud. Congrats on the first brew. What's next? You gotta get the pipeline filled to help with patience. (Although it sounds like you did better than average if you waited two weeks from bottling - congrats on THAT!)
The pipeline is real important, never run out of beer. Also, share with friends and spread the word
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The pipeline is real important, never run out of beer. Also, share with friends and spread the word
I've been letting my pipeline get a little thin but the next one is coming soon!
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Just tasted my first home brew! Brewed NB Caribou Slobber and it turned out pretty well after 3-weeks-primary and 2-weeks-bottled. Thanks to everyone who has left comments/answers on my previous posts, it was nice to have a place to turn to.

It tastes good, there is nothing "off" in the flavor that I can tell. The first bottle seemed a little strong, but the second bottle a day later tasted much better. I am pretty pleased with myself if I must say! I was pretty worried after reading about how little things can go wrong adding different unwanted flavors.

Woo-hoo for home brewing!
Congrats. I'm on my third and I STILL don't want to talk about it YET because I HAVE been getting off flavors, but who knows with this third one. Glad I found this forum because it's loaded with information like crazy.
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