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miketobias01 01-12-2013 11:40 AM

My First Brew!
 
Well after reading The Complete joy of Home Brewing by Charlie Papazian, watch brewing TV all 71 ep. twice! and some other people on You tube! I ordered my starter kit from Northern Brewer. My first brew was an American Wheat Beer extract kit! Before brew day I did a dry run of what I was going to do. Talking and mentally picturing each step! On brew day, From start to finish took me four and half hours. Boil over on the hot break was the only thing that almost got away from me! I loved it! It was so much fun,I think I am going to like this beer making thing. Bottling day was a little harder,to me I really needed another person to help.Today I get to open a beer to see how they are coming along! My last OG test before bottling the beer tasted good! A little hoppy! But I know that will mellow out with time. I took good notes and I"m keeping records of temperatures everyday where my bottled beer is resting. I hit my SG @ 1.044 and my FG @ 1.010 for three day in a row before I bottled!

Posit!

jethro55 01-12-2013 11:49 AM

Welcome to the forums ! :mug:

Let us know how it tastes.

Glynn 01-12-2013 12:21 PM

:mug:

unionrdr 01-12-2013 12:28 PM

Welocome! How long has it been bottled?

RM-MN 01-12-2013 01:11 PM

With practice bottling will become easier. It usually takes me a little over an hour from getting the equipment out to having everything cleaned up and put away but I have bottled well over a thousand bottles now.

unionrdr 01-12-2013 01:18 PM

It takes my middle aged self about 2.5 hours to set up do it & clean up. Gotta do that today. Darn nit picky cleaning takes too long when you put off the little things.

jflongo 01-12-2013 01:22 PM

Congrats and welcome to the world of home brewing. Be very careful though, it's addicting!!!! :D

BTW, did you use a bottle filling wand?

miketobias01 01-13-2013 10:29 AM

WOW! the beer taste awesome!!! Head retention was almost none! I like the taste! you can taste more of the wheat now! The hoppiness is starting a mellow a little! I was going to take a picture but forgot until the beer was all gone! Ooopps! I bottle it on the Jan. 7th,and opened it yesterday the 12th!
jflongo~ yes I used a filling wand. that worked great! I just need to find a way to hold the wand when I cap what I filled, I filled 6 bottles at a time,just need to figure how to hold the filling wand while I put the caps on. Any ideas out there? Having two people at that time would of made a good assembly line. I just might put one more in the frig get cool down and take some pictures.:mug:

Posit!

Marauder 01-13-2013 10:50 AM

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Originally Posted by miketobias01
WOW! the beer taste awesome!!! Head retention was almost none! I like the taste! you can taste more of the wheat now! The hoppiness is starting a mellow a little! I was going to take a picture but forgot until the beer was all gone! Ooopps! I bottle it on the Jan. 7th,and opened it yesterday the 12th!
jflongo~ yes I used a filling wand. that worked great! I just need to find a way to hold the wand when I cap what I filled, I filled 6 bottles at a time,just need to figure how to hold the filling wand while I put the caps on. Any ideas out there? Having two people at that time would of made a good assembly line. I just might put one more in the frig get cool down and take some pictures.:mug:

Posit!

If I am understanding you, your saying less than one week in bottles? That is most likely not enough time. It usually takes about 2 weeks to properly bottle condition, and at lower temps it can take up to 3. I still struggle with being patient my self but we must be strong haha

Good luck and welcome to the addiction.

Brewcrew02 01-13-2013 11:07 AM

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Originally Posted by miketobias01 (Post 4779841)
WOW! the beer taste awesome!!! Head retention was almost none! I like the taste! you can taste more of the wheat now! The hoppiness is starting a mellow a little! I was going to take a picture but forgot until the beer was all gone! Ooopps! I bottle it on the Jan. 7th,and opened it yesterday the 12th!
jflongo~ yes I used a filling wand. that worked great! I just need to find a way to hold the wand when I cap what I filled, I filled 6 bottles at a time,just need to figure how to hold the filling wand while I put the caps on. Any ideas out there? Having two people at that time would of made a good assembly line. I just might put one more in the frig get cool down and take some pictures.:mug:

Posit!

SO EXCITED YOU ARE!

Just look at all those exclamation points.
Can't blame you. I'm damn near just as excited after drinking my 4th bottle (not all tonight) of my first SMaSH beer. Summit/vienna IPA. :rockin:
KISS at it's finest.


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