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Old 11-05-2007, 08:46 PM   #1
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My wife and I brewed a batch of NB's British Bitter today, our first. It's in the basement patiently awaiting yeast activity. Looking forward to drinking the fruits of our labor in a few weeks. Thanks to all of the folks here whose expertise helped make today as relaxing a first brewday as a guy could want.

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Old 11-05-2007, 08:56 PM   #2
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Congrats on the first brew! A bitter is a fantastic first brew in my opinion, lots of great flavours, nice and easy to make and a classic style to boot.

Better get started on #2 right away, that first one disappears quick!

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Old 11-06-2007, 12:58 AM   #3
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Thanks! I've just ordered the ingredients for batch number two- a "strong ale" from AHS. After reading here a bit, I've decided to give dry yeast a shot on that one, as the OG will be high enough to require a starter if I used liquid. Looking forward to more brewing and learning, and maybe a little drinking beer too.

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Old 11-12-2007, 02:49 PM   #5
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Just racked my first batch over to secondary- had a FG of 1.009, which I'm pleased with. Tasted the hydrometer sample, and I'm excited about this brew. The hop bitterness was pretty pronounced, but I expect that to mellow in the weeks to come. Otherwise, it was the tastiest flat warm green beer I can remember. I think I've made some good beer here.

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Congrats!

There's nothing like that first taste of your first batch! Just remember to be patient! If you think it's good now, wait until it's been 2 weeks in secondary and 3 weeks in the bottle.

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So have you started on batch #2 yet?

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So have you started on batch #2 yet?
Brewing it tonight!
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J Otherwise, it was the tastiest flat warm green beer I can remember. I think I've made some good beer here.
And it'll only get better with carbing and some time in the bottle. Congrats!
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Just to bring closure to this thread- my wife and I popped the cap on our Ordinary Bitter last night, and it's a success. After reading this forum for months before starting brewing and then waiting for it to be ready, it was really nice to watch a basketball game while enjoying a couple of the beers we made. Another batch gets bottled on Saturday, and the ingredients for 2 more are on their way...

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