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Old 11-10-2005, 06:24 AM   #1
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My part grain "Oktoberfest" has now been in bottles for about a month now. I did a side by side taste test with some Paulaner. I have to say I was impressed. Mine is darker colored than the brewery stuff, but the tastes of the two brews is almost identical. I'm sure I'm biased, but I felt that mine tasted a bit fresher (I guess it should, since who knows when the German stuff was bottled). This was the second batch I have brewed. My first was an amber ale. It doesn't have much of a head, although as it has aged that seems to have improved a little. It tastes a bit on the sweet side, so I think maybe the fermentation didn't last long enough.

I am surprised and pleased at how well I was able to do with my second batch. Maybe someday I will have a lagering setup so that I can brew mine in March just like the "real" Oktoberfests!

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Old 11-10-2005, 02:53 PM   #2
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It's gratifying how well a homebrew can turn out. And puzzling how odd a "good idea" can taste!

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Congrats from me also! Keep up the good work!

Oh, yeah, .... WHERE'S OURS!!!

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Congrats on your conquest man!!!!

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death to the infadels.... wait i mean, congrats on a beer well drank.

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Oh, yeah, .... WHERE'S OURS!!!
Do we homebrewers not hear that all the time? It's crazy. I've become a bit more stingy, but it's amazing how that by the time you give a homebrew to the people you feel like you ought to give one to, you're down to a case or case and a half? Did I say it's amazing? I meant that it sucks!

Great job on the good batch, mm, you did better than I did. My first two batches were practically undrinkable. My third and fourth were pretty good, but had an off flavor. I bottled my fifth a couple of weeks ago and preliminary testing says it rocks!

You know what you've got to do now...figure out what you did to make it taste better.
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...and share your recipe and notes...
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Good job!

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congrats! the guy's are right. becareful who you share with, they may leave you dry!
better yet, teach them how to brew then you'll have somebody elses homebrew to drink!!! :~)

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...and share your recipe and notes...
...and a few bottles while you're at it
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