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Old 04-13-2013, 02:52 PM   #1
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Default Drinking my first beer!!

Is this what a proud Dad feels like?

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This website has by far been the greatest wealth of information into the beer brewing hobby. This beer has only been carbing for a week and a half, but I couldn't wait any longer. Put in the fridge for 3 days and that was the result. Tasted like a solid stout and had decent carbonation. There was a nice compacted yeast slurry in the bottom so I got most of the beer out of the bottle without leaving much behind.

Biggest things I learned from my first beer was airlock activity means nothing!! I fermented this for 4 weeks and only had activity on the second day for 12 hours. Sure enough it fermented. I wish I had a wort chiller and auto siphon for bottling but oh well. I also wish I had gotten all of the lme out of the container. Either way, I'm now addicted and have read through the forum for countless hours and have a starter decanting in the fridge for a hefeweizen to be brewed on Sunday!

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Old 04-13-2013, 03:16 PM   #2
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Congrats!!!! Looks tasty!!! Good luck on the next batch...

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Congrats... Looks great!
Just bottled my first beer last night. Arrogant Bastard clone.
Glass is cool... Besides the bud logo. Hahahahaha

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Welcome to the obsession!! And funny you say the proud father comment because my fiancee always refers to my full fermenters as "our kids" lol But it is pretty sweet popping your own beer isnt it?

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Welcome to the obsession!! And funny you say the proud father comment because my fiancee always refers to my full fermenters as "our kids" lol But it is pretty sweet popping your own beer isnt it?
Hearing the hiss when I popped the top was awesome. For anyone interested this was the basic Midwest Irish stout. OG was around 1.040-1.042 and FG was around 1.012, so not a very high abv beer, but can definitely taste hints of chocolate and coffee and it's still beer!

After the Hefeweizen I wanna try to make my own non "kit" beer, some sort of fruity summer beer around 5 or 6 abv. Any and all suggestion welcome! Only caveat is I am still on extract with steeping grains.
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Nahh - a new dad feels even more proud - and scared.

Congratulations, kebrugler. Just the first of many. There are great extract recipes right here on homebrewtalk including fruit beers. I start with recipes having many posts because they are probably the more successful ones. Watermelon wheat sounds perfect for a hot summer day.

If you find the perfect recipe expressed as all grain you can convert it to extract
1 pound 2-row grain malt is approximately
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.6 lb dry malt extract

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Congrats, just trade out the glass for something with a better logo on it

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Congrats, just trade out the glass for something with a better logo on it
Or better yet proper glassware to fit the style. It does make a difference!
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Or better yet proper glassware to fit the style. It does make a difference!
Partially right. Even if its proper glassware any Bud logo ruins it!
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Partially right. Even if its proper glassware any Bud logo ruins it!
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