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Old 07-01-2006, 02:53 AM   #1
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I just started my first brew yesterday. It a kit beer from brewers best.

It's their German Oktoberfest, brewing day went well, it was easier than I expected.

I took many notes on time and temperature, hopefully it will provide useful information in the future.

OG reading was 1.055

I have it in my primary bucket right now, its been bubbling for a solid 24 hours so far.
It will be moving over to a secondary 5G carboy next.

Thanks for all the information on this forum, it certainly made my first brewing experience very easy so far.

Now I just have to finish off a few cases of Sam Adams so I have some bottles for bottling day




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Old 07-01-2006, 10:08 AM   #2
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Hey congrats on the first brew and welcome to the hobby that just keeps getting bigger and badder!

One question- are those Sam Adams bottles twist-offs? If so, I'm not sure I would use them for your brew. They could break.

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Old 07-01-2006, 02:29 PM   #3
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Thanks

Thoses Sammys are pop tops so they should be alright.

I'm looking forward to getting it to the secondary so I can get my first look at color, but I have to wait a while. Waiting seems like the hardest step :-)

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Old 07-01-2006, 03:15 PM   #4
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Got that right! I think the winner has to be the guy that started drinking his ale out of the fermenter. And complaining about the taste.

The only long-term solution is to brew enough so you always have some ready. Doesn't help on the first batch.

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Old 07-02-2006, 03:29 PM   #5
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Well after 51 hours in the primary, the airlock action slowed way down to 3 bubbles per minute. Its an ale yeast, I had it ferementing at 68 degrees.

I took a gravity reading, 1.021 which is about where i expected it to be after primary (about 80% to the FG goal)

Now I have it in the secondary for the next two weeks till its time to bottle


This is fun

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Old 07-02-2006, 04:04 PM   #6
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Just an observation. Your brew looks a fews points high to me for secondary racking. I think that can be attributed to the coolish ale fermenting temperature you are using.

Fermenting cooler if fine of course, it usually just slows down the process a bit. Also, you might want to think about getting that carboy off that cement slab. If your air temperature in the basement is 68 degrees, then I guarantee your slab is a few degrees cooler, putting you at the bottom range for ales; possibly stopping your fermentation altogether.


Hope this helps!

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Normally you want to leave it in the primary for about a week maybe more if you are over 1.045... I usually try to wait till the bubles are down to like 1 every few minutes. The one time I racked it after only 4 days I got a stuck fermentation and had to toss it. It's the one and only time I've ever had a bad batch... For your next batches use the 1-2-3 method.
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Thanks for the feedback!

I got the carboy off the ground right after I took that picture.

I will try the 1-2-3 method next time, thanks for the advice!

~Andy

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Welcome aboard! I'm pretty much still a n00b myself, but gaining confidence and more curiosity with each successful batch. After getting a whiff of the freshly boiled wort of my first batch (and about a dozen other missteps, including a broken hydrometer), I was convinced I was headed to a complete disaster. Of course, it came out fantastic and I still have people asking me months later when I'm going to brew another batch of that stuff. Well put: this is fun!

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