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Old 02-17-2010, 10:52 PM   #11
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It is an obsession. Soon you will have two or three glass carboys, a gigantic cooler for mashing, a twisted, coiled copper tube for cooling your wort, an enormous brewpot, and a 230,000 btu propane burner...

Then, there is that Blichmann equipment...
I'm not ready for all grain yet, but my first carboy showed up in the mail today, along with some other goodies.

I got a 5 gal. better bottle carboy, a vinator, a wine thief, a hydrometer test tube, a super long spoon, and Austin Home Brew's Dry Stout Exract Kit.


So I can brew batch two before I taste batch one.
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Old 02-19-2010, 12:02 AM   #12
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Really, what you have in the picture is all you need. I brewed about 7 batches before I expanded. I'm on batch 11 now (dry stout), and I'm doing partial-mashes. In April I am going to buy an 8 gallon pot and move to all-grain. When is that first one ready?

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Old 02-22-2010, 11:37 PM   #13
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I sampled one after a week of being in the bottle, like any impatient new brewer. It was well carbonated, and it tasted pretty good, but not very smooth. I'm looking forward to seeing how it changes over time. In the mean time, I started my second batch.



I learned a few more things, like stir the wort with the top off water, before taking the SG reading. I was off by 12 points until I realized I was getting a bad reading.

And today I had a little trouble with my airlock, but fermentation is very active. I ended up using my racking cane as a blow off tube, because that was all I had.

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Old 02-23-2010, 01:31 AM   #14
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Yeah, that looks yummy. I bottled my stout yesterday. It is going to be good.

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Old 02-23-2010, 02:42 AM   #15
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I haven't even bottled my first batch yet (secondary), my second batch is gurgling away merrily, and Wednesday I'm buying yet another carboy and brewing my third batch, all before even tasting a single drop of homebrew.

I'm also geeking out, reading everything I can about anything that has to do with brewing, and seriously considering pursuing an actual education and career in this.

This is not a hobby, it's a freakin' lifestyle!

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Old 02-23-2010, 03:09 AM   #16
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46, nice! It took me 3 batches to figure out the lines on my ale pale were off and get a full 5 gallon harvest. Enjoy!

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Old 02-23-2010, 04:46 AM   #17
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I also just bottled my first batch and brewed another... congrats to all of us who have stuck with it and hopefully we all get to enjoy our beer to the fullest. My red ale will be ready just in time for st patricks day. I hope I can hold off until then.

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Old 02-27-2010, 02:57 PM   #18
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Two weeks in the bottle and I just had to have another taste. It is pretty darn good. I'll have to hide some of it from myself, so it doesn't disappear too quickly.

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Old 06-14-2010, 12:21 AM   #19
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Just a little update. After 5 months of homebrewing, I've got 8 brews and one apfelwein under my belt. I've got ingredients for two more batches to keep the pipelines full. I've learned to wash the yeast and batch #8 is using the same Wyeast 1056 that I used on batch #5. I've also got some Wyeast 1010 that I washed for future batches. Luckily I snatched up a spare fridge from a friend that was upgrading his kitchen.

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Old 06-14-2010, 01:04 AM   #20
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I'm six days from cracking open my first brew, and about to explode waiting. I've also spent about 20 hours here planning my next batch. Thinking about Bee Cave IPA.

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