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Old 01-08-2009, 09:43 PM   #1
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Default Help! The Dark Side is Tempting Me!

A fledgling needs your help, fellow brewers!

I began fermenting my English Brown Ale eight days ago, swearing to do everything John Palmer says to do in his book/site. Unable to resist a peek, I took a look/sniff through the airlock hole and it looks and smells amazing! Johnny Boy says to wait at least two weeks before bottling, but I can't get that smell out of my head. I feel like Austin Powers in front of a hot naked woman yelling to himself "Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day!!!" over and over.

I implore you, my peeps, to steer me back to the path of Right...



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Old 01-08-2009, 09:46 PM   #2
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take a hydrometer reading. drink the sample. that ought to tide you over for a bit, and give you an idea of where your sitting at the same time.



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Old 01-08-2009, 09:47 PM   #3
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Step away from the beer!!!!

Like when Iron Chef ends - just walk away...

You can do it!

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Time is your friend. I let all my ales stay in the primary for 3 weeks before I even think about kegging them.

So, sit back, drink some store bought beer, and wait for (at least) two weeks before you take your hydrometer sample and make sure that you're at your final gravity target before you even think about bottling this stuff. If you're not at your FG, sit back longer, drink more store bought beer, and wait.

I know, it sucks, but it'll be worth it!

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take a hydrometer reading. drink the sample. that ought to tide you over for a bit, and give you an idea of where your sitting at the same time.

that made it worse for me! after my first sample last night I'm wanting to offer some samples to other people...try it again to see if anything has changed in the past 24 hours...bottle the sucker so I can pop it open ASAP!!!!

the sample was just a tease!!
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They have these things called "stores". In these "stores", there are things for sale in exchange for money. One of the things some "stores" sell is beer. Some good beer, some not so good. You should find a "store" and buy some beer to take your mind off things.

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I know what you mean! My first batch is 10 days in the fermentor right now, and I can barely wait. I've taken a couple of hydro samples, and I have to keep telling myself that it is only going to get better with time! Patience... is an overrated virtue.

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I'd drink it all as fast as possible. Just stay close to the toilet.

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Don't do it! By the time it's aged correctly you'll only have a few bottles left and just regrets.

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See... this is the ideal time to start batch number two (welcome to the addiction)... because you'll be preoocupied with batch two... and planning batch three and then all of a sudden you'll remember, "HOLY CRAP!!! BATCH ONE IS READY!!!!"

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