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Old 02-16-2012, 09:29 PM   #1
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Default My patience has run out

I feel that I have been really, really patient (for a newbie, at least) with this brewing process. My first brew - Yorkshire square brown ale, an extract kit with specialty grains from AHS - spent fifteen days in primary, followed by fifteen more in secondary. On Saturday, it will have been in bottles for three weeks.

I cannot take it any more. I've placed one bottle in the fridge; on Saturday, I'll crack it open and see how it is.

It may not be quite there yet, since my closet is typically 65-68 degrees. I guess I'm cheating a bit on the three weeks @ 70 degrees guideline... but I figure the worst I'll get is very slightly green beer.

Of course, with my luck, this batch will want to bottle condition for six weeks or somesuch. We'll just have to see.

My second batch - an imperial nut brown ale - is almost at week four in primary. I'm looking at at least four weeks in secondary, followed by a looong time in bottles (the recipe tells me that it becomes barely ready at three months from brew date, is good at six, and amazing at a year). Darn it, I want some good beer NOW! Is that so wrong???

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Old 02-16-2012, 09:32 PM   #3
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I'm a few days away from being at 3 weeks in the bottle with my first brew (American Amber). I counted seven empty bottles on the counter. To be fair, 2 of those were from giving a pair of friends a sample.

The one I drank at week 1 had a lot of room to improve upon, but the taste matured and the carbonation increased in the second week. Now I'm ready to throw the rest of the batch into the fridge this Sunday (the 3 week point). Overall, i'm extremely pleased.

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Old 02-16-2012, 09:32 PM   #4
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Personally, I would subtract the time spent in the secondary and you could have been enjoying them now!

Drink them up!!!

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Old 02-16-2012, 09:40 PM   #5
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I have a problem?

Yeah, I have a problem.

Ah, well.

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It really is amazing how the patience can pay off... I rushed batch #1 and drank almost all of it too green. 6 weeks after bottling it is starting to taste really good, at week 3 it was pretty bad and I didn't expect my 1st extract kit to improve much over time... I am kicking myself about it now, but at least I have empty bottles that I can fill with something new!

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If you have waited three weeks after bottling, and have yet to try one - then you are a better man than I am.

I always try a bottle at one week, and another at 2, before I start stocking the fridge at 3.

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If you have waited three weeks after bottling, and have yet to try one - then you are a better man than I am.
For what it's worth, it is absolutely KILLING me.
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Yeah are you kidding??? You have been EXCELLENT at this patience thing. Waiting darn near 2 months to try your brew is longer that I have ever gone before the first sip and this is your FIRST BREW!

Good on you man, those are more than likely all ready for you to drink em up and with your patience you definitely deserve it. Take solace in the fact that your very first beer you have made should be fully attenuated, carbonated, and conditioned. That is more than a lot of people can say for the first 6 pack from their first brew.

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You guys are fantastic. Thanks for the positive feedback.

One more day and a half, then I can stop fondling bottles while staring longingly at them...

Hmmm. That didn't come out quite right.

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