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Old 03-17-2012, 03:56 PM   #11
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I remember the first kit me and my buddy brewed. We brewed and were drinking in 4 days later.

Waiting is hard. Brew often to keep your pipeline full and also keep trying out commercial examples



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Old 03-17-2012, 09:18 PM   #12
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2 fermentors isnt enough... you need like... 5, atleast 5, or 6. MORE BEERS



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Old 03-17-2012, 09:30 PM   #13
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You'll get used to it - once you get a pipeline up and running you'll forget about the beer in the fermenter and then be waiting on the beer bottle conditioning, and soon enough you'll have a pipeline where you won't "wait" for beer to drink. I did two batches on the same weekend, and then didn't keep my pipeline going.

What a mistake! Keep that pipeline going, atleast brew a batch once a month, if not two. I'm shooting for one every other week.

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Old 03-17-2012, 09:49 PM   #14
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A pipeline is nice because you will have beers in all stages. It seems easier to wait two weeks when the next fv was just filled. But in the gaps, go out and buy some "research" beer.

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Old 03-17-2012, 09:54 PM   #15
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If you want something productive to do while it's fermenting, work on keeping the wort fermentation temperature at the optimum. I find that a swamp cooler does a good job, but it takes a lot of attention, depending on the time of year/ambient temperature.

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Old 03-17-2012, 09:58 PM   #16
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Being a newbie, I find the hardest part of brewin is the waiting. The day after I brew I find myself checking on the beer more often than I probably should. I've brewed 4 batches of beer and found myself either; 1. Transferring from primary to secondary to soon, or 2. Bottling to soon. Should I brew MORE so something is always going on? How much brew on hand is too much? Is this turning into an addiction? Good or Bad?
Yes it is turning into an addiction. And it is good and bad ha. I think patience just comes with getting some more under your belt. When I first started brewing I was a psycho about checking things. I have slowly just learned to relax and let the beer do its things. Yes getting a nice pipeline going will help feed the addiction ha. Is that a real question ? There is never too much beer on hand. Jk. Reading on here and just checking out what other people are doing and different methods is fun, but also dangerous. I see things people get or make and then I get jealous. Next thing you know I'm spending money because I had to have whatever they had ha. Well good luck to you bud. You doing AG or extract by the way?
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:22 PM   #17
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A pipeline is nice because you will have beers in all stages. It seems easier to wait two weeks when the next fv was just filled. But in the gaps, go out and buy some "research" beer.
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Turns out that the "research" is one of my favorite parts of the hobby! I've also learned a lot more about beer than I would have otherwise. I had no idea what a "Dortmunder Export" was until I went and bought six different varieties to see if I wanted to make one of my own (I don't, but it was fun (and buzz-inducing) to figure that out). I think I can tell the difference between an English Pale Ale, an English Bitter, and an Extra Special Bitter just by taste after the "research" I did on that front.
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:48 PM   #18
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The more beer you have the easier it is to be patient, 3 primaries, 2 secondaries and 14 cases of beer in cold storage along with a full fridge, yup I like being patient!

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Agreed with all of the above. I've been at it for precisely three weeks today. I have one beer that I am going to keg soon, another that is 2 weeks in and will be kegged in about 2 weeks, and yet another that is going to secondary next weekend (porter to rack over vanilla beans). This is the first weekend that I haven't brewed since I started!

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Old 03-18-2012, 06:52 PM   #20
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Thanks everyone. Will definitely be building a pipeline. Brewed a chimay last week and doing a hefeweizen next weekend.

Does anyone know where I can get lid for the 6 gal plastic bucket?



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