New Giveaway - Wort Monster Conical Fermenter!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Just bottled first batch




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-28-2008, 03:15 PM   #1
hooligansteve
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Columbia, MD
Posts: 17
Default Just bottled first batch

Brewed a Brewer's Best Micro-Style Pale Ale and bottled yesterday. Question, how much will the flavor improve in the bottle? I took a hygrometer sample and drank it afterwords, and the result was not particularly tasty.

And whoever it was on these boards who suggested bottling in the dishwasher, you're a genius. No mess, bottles were handily on the racks, an overall excellent idea.



__________________

Last edited by hooligansteve; 09-30-2008 at 01:43 AM.
hooligansteve is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-28-2008, 03:34 PM   #2
eddie
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Hermon, Maine
Posts: 1,084
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

Hygrometers measure humidity and moisture content. Hydrometers measure specific gravity. You want to use a hydrometer, not a hygrometer. I'm sure you used a hydrometer but there is a difference.

Flavor will improve in the bottle as the beer melds together with time. A very young beer often has a rather harsh acidic or grassy bite from the hops and a buttery note that is produced by the yeast. Aging allows these characteristics to mellow out as the compounds degrade or are consumed by the bottling yeast. This is no substitute for bulk aging or for a diacetyl rest though.



__________________
eddie is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-28-2008, 03:56 PM   #3
BigKahuna
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
BigKahuna's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Eastern Colorado
Posts: 5,942
Liked 46 Times on 40 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

Welcome to the obsession!
My Friend Revvy has done some great work on writing what seem to be nearly articles on bottle aging and conditioning.

The latest is my favorite: http://blogs.homebrewtalk.com/Revvy/Of_Patience_and_Bottle_Conditioning/
Give that a read, and go from there. Mostly, you'll never even be able to believe that your beer 6 weeks from now and your beer today are the same thing. It changes SO MUCH that until you've seen it....a few times...you'll never believe it.

__________________
Seriously. I'm here for BEER
It's Not The Size Of Your Rig That Counts....It's How Often You Use It.
BigKahuna is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-28-2008, 04:08 PM   #4
jpuf
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 287
Default

Don't be a beer pedophile....Well said bigK

__________________
On tap: Porter
In process: Mead, Apfelwein
On deck: Holiday something?
jpuf is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-28-2008, 05:33 PM   #5
Papinquack
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: pittsburgh pa.
Posts: 291
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hooligansteve View Post
Brewed a Brewer's Best Micro-Style Pale Ale and bottled yesterday. Question, how much will the flavor improve in the bottle? I took a hygrometer sample and drank it afterwords, and the result was particularly tasty.

And whoever it was on these boards who suggested bottling in the dishwasher, you're a genius. No mess, bottles were handily on the racks, an overall excellent idea.
Brewers Best micro style pale ale was my first batch also. I just cracked my first one last week,It turned out better than I anticipated. Excellent as a matter of fact. You will be very happy if you followed good sanitization and brewing practices. I saved a bottle of Serria nevada pale ale to compare and contrast. My batch was a little darker and a little more malty but over all excellent. You'll notice the serria nevada taste really quick. It has great head retention and excellent carbonation. If I had a digital camera I'd take a picture and post it, it would make for really good beer porn. I tried a dogfish head 60 minute IPA, the other day and I'll tell you what, if you havent tried one get going. It was my first IPA and It made me immediately go get the Brewers Best IPA kit, I hope it tastes just like the glass of "beautiful" as I called it. If you are interested to see what I think of the IPA kit let me know and I'll get back to you and let you know how it turned out. I just brewed it yesterday so it will be 5 weeks till I try first bottle.
__________________
Papinquack is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-29-2008, 02:04 PM   #6
hooligansteve
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Columbia, MD
Posts: 17
Default

Indeed I did use a hyDrometer and not a hyGrometer.

Papinquack, I'm pretty sure I followed good sanitation procedures. Was pretty careful with everything I used and touched. I also went and bought a Brewer's Best hopnog IPA kit. I'll let you know how it goes if you return the favor

And thanks to those on these boards who provide advice and assistance.

__________________
hooligansteve is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-29-2008, 02:21 PM   #7
MikeG
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 1,017
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

Default

Hey, gratz! I've recently brewed my second batch of this exact kit. The first was my 3rd overall batch and I was extremely impressed, especially after the first two just weren't that great.

Just one piece of advice, be patient and give it the full amount of time it needs to properly age. I know my first and last bottles were the best, the first because it was and the last having aged longer, and knowing I was out!

__________________
MikeG is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-29-2008, 08:11 PM   #8
Papinquack
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: pittsburgh pa.
Posts: 291
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hooligansteve View Post
Indeed I did use a hyDrometer and not a hyGrometer.

Papinquack, I'm pretty sure I followed good sanitation procedures. Was pretty careful with everything I used and touched. I also went and bought a Brewer's Best hopnog IPA kit. I'll let you know how it goes if you return the favor

And thanks to those on these boards who provide advice and assistance.
I'll let you know in 5 weeks.
__________________
Papinquack is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-29-2008, 11:22 PM   #9
SteveM
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Philadelphia area
Posts: 1,565
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 90

Default

Here's a bet I will make: I bet that it is SO freaking good that you will never want to drink anything but home brewed beer again.

I've been at this for a while (but I claim no special prowess), and I've finally found a beer that I thought I liked as much as my own - DFH 60. Last night, while watching the Eagles spit the bit against the Bears, we tried some of each and the three beer drinkers in the room all agreed that there was no comparison, even with a great beer like DFH.

Your first sip will blow you away if you can wait the full five weeks - and they will get better over time after that.

__________________
SteveM is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-05-2008, 05:45 PM   #10
Natron008
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Amish Country, PA
Posts: 230
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MikeG View Post
Hey, gratz! I've recently brewed my second batch of this exact kit. The first was my 3rd overall batch and I was extremely impressed, especially after the first two just weren't that great.

Just one piece of advice, be patient and give it the full amount of time it needs to properly age. I know my first and last bottles were the best, the first because it was and the last having aged longer, and knowing I was out!

Hey Mike G, How did that HopNog turn out? I've got a batch of it in the fermenter as I type. I'm curious as to just how hoppy it really is. I went the extra mile and dry-hopped as well, so I won't know exactly how the kit itself did.


__________________
Natron008 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Just Bottled First Batch...... DizzyPants Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 06-06-2009 10:23 PM
First bottled batch Ramsbottom_Brewer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 04-26-2009 07:33 PM
Just bottled my first batch Hefeweizengeliebter Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 12-21-2008 07:15 PM
Just bottled my first batch! RegionalChaos Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 03-05-2008 07:50 AM
first batch just bottled! chainsawbrewing Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 03-10-2007 01:31 AM