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dances 01-30-2009 03:06 PM

Should I Listen???
 
Help!!!

This is only my 6th post - still waiting for my first batch to finish fermentation and I am already addicted to this site.

You guys (oops...and girls) know far too much to take in this early in my addiction!

I cannot make my mind up whether to ferment for a looooong time or try just 2 weeks and then get it in a keg (it is a cheap lager kit - a present given as part of a kit) or to wait longer like most of you seem to suggest.

I am tempted to do the shorter so that I can do my next brew longer and see for myself what the difference is.

What do you think? Am I too impatient and approaching regret?

Orfy 01-30-2009 03:12 PM

  • You know the longer you leave it the better it'll be.
  • You also know you want to drink it as soon as you can
  • You also know you want to brew again as soon as you can.
I'd say that's two to one for 2 weeks then bottle or keg.

I would only do this if you realise it's not going to be the best beer it can be and that you will not be put off because of this.

If you are not that bothered about the latter to points then I'd say leave another week or go to secondary so you can start the next batch.

Laughing_Gnome_Invisible 01-30-2009 03:19 PM

+1 on what orfy said. The urge to do the next brew and taste your first is overpowering. As long as you can accept that it will not be at it's best, then have at it.

I am currently having a similar problem myself. Not enough fermenters, I have decided to do 2 and a half weeks fermenting so that I can get the next brew done next week. It's not Ideal, and it will still age in the bottle, but until I can spring for more equipment, I HAVE to do it!! Not brewing is not an option for me. :(

dances 01-30-2009 03:43 PM

Nice one guys - I am in total agreement that I can accept my first batch wont be the best ever so I think I will do just the two weeks as planned.

Only prob then is what to buy next (extract only for now as I am not experienced enough to do it from scratch with fresh grain).

Wow! Just noticed that Orfy is mega close to me and has 10,000+ posts!

Orfy 01-30-2009 03:46 PM

Don't let the post count dazzle you. It's the post content that is 1000 x more important.

Where are you?
It's good to update you're location.

dances 01-30-2009 03:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Orfy (Post 1101618)
Don't let the post count dazzle you. It's the post content that is 1000 x more important.

Where are you?
It's good to update you're location.

Have to say I have not recieved bad content yet!

I am very near to Congleton but a bit in the sticks. What about you?

Orfy 01-30-2009 03:58 PM

Warrington.

Work in Winsford / Heald Green

Where are you buying supplies, what type of ingredients are you using?
How long before you go All Grain. :)

Dennis1979 01-30-2009 04:05 PM

Brits?

You know I never look at locations but I should. It is interesting to see where everyone is from.

I agree with Gnome in that the urge to be done on the first batch is overpowering so I'm not going into launch a long post about why you should wait. I am on batch #5 and my patience has improved tremendously. But then I also have cold homebrews in the fridge so the pressure is off.

You said you were doing extract brewing from a kit so I assume its only extract or hopped extarct and no grain? For your next batch consider a recipe using extract, steeped grains and hops. It will taste way better than a kit and it's really, really easy.

Good luck,
Dennis

Joos 01-30-2009 04:27 PM

Everyones been there Dances.I still new to this and am just getting to the point of opening the first beer at 3-4 weeks instead of the last.It's just so hard to pay for beer when you already have a ****load of green ones.(that still taste better than most commercial)

Laughing_Gnome_Invisible 01-30-2009 06:53 PM

Bloody Brits! I hate 'em! ;)


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