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Old 02-25-2010, 10:42 PM   #1
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Default My first brew!

It's a brown ale. Got the recipe as a good first brew from Corvallis Brewing supply (www.brewbeer.cc).

Boiled the wort and got it into the primary last night by about 10 o clock. Just as I expected it took me about 3 1/2 hours (working by myself). Everything went really smooth aside from the fact that I tried to sanitize our plastic strainer and turned it blue. Woops! Anyway, once it was in the primary I pitched the vial of yeast and aerated it for a good 5 mins. Put it in the living room with a blanket around it to shield the light and went to bed.

Today I got home from class at about 3:15 and found my airlock bubbling away! I was encouraged to see that steady fermentation was underway after 17 hours. I'm loving this so far!

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Old 02-25-2010, 10:51 PM   #2
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Congrats on the first brew!!!

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Old 02-25-2010, 10:57 PM   #3
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welcome to the obsession...err I mean hobby

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Old 02-26-2010, 12:15 AM   #4
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Congrats, now go out and get another primary and some more ingredients, STAT!

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Old 02-26-2010, 12:18 AM   #5
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Congrats, now go out and get another primary and some more ingredients, STAT!
I second this suggestion!!
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Old 02-26-2010, 12:23 AM   #6
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I know that feeling. I am not a new brewer, but one that hasn't done it in a long time. I had to put pictures of my krausen blow-off up on my Facebook page. I was so proud, but most of my friends have no idea of what I am talking about.
Enjoy the hobby, it's very rewarding and tasty.

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Old 02-26-2010, 01:46 AM   #7
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LOL @DaveO

I did the same thing... I took video of my yeast swirling around and the airlock bubbling and put it on facebook as well.

Whitmorr... Best thing I ever invested in as a new brewer was a secondary fermenter and another primary. This has allowed me to put myself on a 2 week rotation of brewing. Every weekend I'm either bottling, racking, or brewing. In a few weeks I'll have a super steady stream of homebrew coming in.

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Old 02-26-2010, 03:00 AM   #8
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I know that feeling. I am not a new brewer, but one that hasn't done it in a long time. I had to put pictures of my krausen blow-off up on my Facebook page. I was so proud, but most of my friends have no idea of what I am talking about.
Enjoy the hobby, it's very rewarding and tasty.

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That is so funny man because not only did I post pictures of the wort creation on Facebook, but I even posted a video today of the airlock bubbling. I was giddy to see that I had successfully gotten the fermenting started.

It's pretty active right now. We've got it on the other side of the living room and it's really fun to listen to and watch the airlock bubbling away. I keep peeking under the blanket that I'm using to shield it from light to watch the yeast swirl around.

Right now I've got a 5 gallon glass carboy to use as a secondary. I'm hesitant to get a second batch going too soon because we're going to Vegas March 22-25th. My plan is to get this batch bottled and have another one ready to rack to the secondary right before we leave.
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Congrats on the new brew man. Like another said, welcome to the obsession!

You may not do it right away, but accumulate 4 more fermenting buckets, and do one a week. That way you can let em sit for a month and still brew every week! If you dont get out of sync with your brewing schedule, you'll have tasty brew every week after awhile!

Think about it.....

Anyways, enjoy. Your first homebrew will be one of the best!

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Congrats, now go out and get another primary and some more ingredients, STAT!
Yup, that's the next step. Get to it!
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