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Old 02-08-2013, 05:35 PM   #21
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1st things first: don't worry. Be safe and have fun. If you take it too seriously in the beginning you'll have no fun and just okay beer. Make sure you enjoy the process. That way you want to do it again to improve your technique. Inhale the hops, watch the wort boil, play in the suds while you sanitize. It's far too easy to take for granted just how great of a process brewing is.

What's the worst that can happen? You waste $40 and wind up not liking this particular batch? That's no tragedy.
Most of us at some point have gone out to a bar with friends and spent $40 on yellow fizzy water. Now that's a tragedy.

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Old 02-13-2013, 05:11 AM   #22
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Finally got all of my ingredients and hardware and brewed my first batch today. It was a ton of fun! I used 3 gallons of water, Muntons Export Pilsner Connoisseurs (3.3lbs), and Briess Pilsen Light DME 2 Lb, and an ounce of Cascade hops with an alpha acid of 8.9%. The alpha acid seemed a bit high, so I used about half for the whole 60 minute brew, and then the other half from the 40 minute mark. Then I scooped out about 3/4 oz of the hops, at the 50 minute mark, as I didn't want it to be too bitter. It looks good. Did an ice bath as suggested then poured it into the 6.5 gallon carboy and added 2 gallons of water (and the yeast of course).

Looking good so far. I don't have a hose on the carboy, just a standard airlock right now. It's been about 6 hours and all seems to be going well, the air lock is bubbling every once in a while. Not to often, but I'm kind of glad about that because I don't want a blowout. Although I think I'll be fine in the 6.5 gallon carboy.

Made a few youtube videos for my friends that were thinking about getting into homebrewing. It was a lot easier than expected. After sanitizing everything, I wasn't as excited as I had hoped (and maybe a bit nervous), about boiling my wort. I figured taking half an hour to get the water boiling, then another hour for the actual boil might be boring. It definitely wasn't. Playing with the ingredients, smelling and feeling them, especially the hops, was a great experience and I had a lot of fun! I did get a very slight burn on the bottom, but nothing I'm to worried about. The electric stove I was using was not really made for 5 gallon stock pots. The burn was only right where the range touched the pot and was very light.

Thank you all for all of your help, and I will let you know how it turned out in about 3 weeks!

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Old 05-26-2013, 07:25 PM   #23
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You owe us an update! By now I assume you've gone from bottling to tasting?

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Old 06-12-2014, 01:35 AM   #24
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So I've owed you all an update for over a year now. Sorry about that. My first beer turned out well, tasted just a bit hoppier than a Newcastle ale. It was very good. I did make a big mistake (apparently) when adding the bottling sugar. I guess it was too cold as I had to do it in the garage on a cold day (out of my control) and did not heat the sugar in water. The brew was barely carbonated. But hey, it was my first brew and I still enjoyed it

I finally got around to brewing another beer which will be an American Pale Ale. Just popped it in the secondary fermenter today. Before you say "Don't use a secondary fermenter for ale!" I know that. But I like trying new things and I'll be the one drinking it so I can do what I want. Ha. Had to mention that because I was just reading some posts where other brewers were really jumping on a guy for using a secondary fermenter for an ale, and while help and advice is much appreciated, we all should brew as we please.

So, I wasn't getting bubbles from the airlock between 5 minutes so I decided to rack it. I popped the top of the primary and it had some krausen still on the tip, albeit a small amount. I racked it anyways though on my next batch (I'm thinking I may start another APA this weekend), O will wait longer. Especially if it comes close to the high 1.068 OG that this brew had. It's down to 1.015 today which is more alcohol than I wanted, but that's ok.

Thanks to all the supportive members of this forum. I'm learning a lot and enjoying it immensely!

Sincerely,
Johnny



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