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Old 06-22-2009, 09:06 PM   #1
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I bottled my first brew back at the end of May. I definitely made some n00b mistakes...forgot to sanitize the stirring spoon once or twice, couldn't quite acheive a rolling boil, had a little trouble with the siphon.

I bottled only after having it in primary for a little over a week. I was gonna wait a full 3 weeks before even trying it, but I decided to try one at 2 weeks in the bottle.

I was disappointed...I knew it wasn't fully carbonated yet, but it just tasted cheap, dull, malty, a bit watery.

I tried another at 3 weeks...holy crap! A little more carbonation, nice citrusy hop notes, a bit of a developed malt backbone. Its like, where did these flavors come from!? I'm glad I tried one prematurely just for comparisons sake. I can't believe something I made actually tastes that good!

Can't wait to try my wheat ale that's in primary. Gonna leave that one for 2-3weeks before bottling. Many more to come. This hobby is really about patience.

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Old 06-22-2009, 09:11 PM   #2
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... and from here it is a slipperly slope into a deep... sick... obsession.

Congrats on taking your first steps into the obsession!!

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Congrats!!

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way to go! that's awesome!

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