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Old 01-12-2013, 11:40 AM   #1
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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!

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Old 01-12-2013, 11:49 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums !

Let us know how it tastes.

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Welocome! How long has it been bottled?
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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.

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

BTW, did you use a bottle filling wand?

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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