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Old 10-07-2008, 11:00 PM   #1
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Default well im getting excited

Its really starting to smell quite good in my pantry, im not going to lie, when i first whipped up my beggining batch with the extract, it smelled more like cat food then beer!! well it has been 4 days now and it smells pretty damn good!

My question is, should i test my gravity (i got a wine thief with my kit) after 1 week, or should i wait longer?

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Old 10-08-2008, 02:27 AM   #2
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Did you grab a sample when you transferred it to the primary? If so, I would wait until you rack to secondary, usually after about 2 weeks, at least on my schedule.

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Old 10-08-2008, 02:27 AM   #3
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I'd let it sit for another week, and then take your sample. Bottle at that point if the FG looks right.

Of course, if you are anything like the rest of us you won't be able to sleep until you take that hydro sample, drink the castoff, and make a post about how it tastes green and is that normal... :-)

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Old 10-09-2008, 11:25 PM   #4
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lol ok ill give it some time, but im warning you now, its not going to be easy!

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Old 10-09-2008, 11:42 PM   #5
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lol ok ill give it some time, but im warning you now, its not going to be easy!
I've been brewing for a bit over a year and a half. I am still impatient. It is the hardest part of brewing.
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Old 10-10-2008, 12:17 AM   #6
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I just bottled after leaving my brew in primary for 3 weeks. That three weeks was a piece of cake; it's the next 4 in bottles that's the killer!

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Old 10-10-2008, 12:47 AM   #7
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I'm glad to hear there are people out there other than me that couldn't wait more than a week. I'm sitting here enjoying the fruits of my first labor and have a bit fat smile on my face!

I brewed the recipe from the John Palmer web book (Cincinnati Pale Ale)and I'm very happy after just one week. I'm going to be patient and wait another week for number 2.

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The one you open up next week will be even better. I think I drank my whole batch before 3 weeks in the bottle. Still tasty though!

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Old 10-10-2008, 02:00 AM   #9
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I am hopefully going to be ready to bottle my very first batch on Sunday. I took a gravity tonight and it's almost there. Since I screwed up and used amber malt extract instead of dark like the recipe called for, it's going to end up being a lighter beer than what I had originally anticipated. So I don't think it will take as long to condition into a drinkable state. I'm going to let it condition for 2 weeks before I even give it a try, but the sample I tried after taking the gravity actually tastes like real beer... sans the carbonation. I am as excited as the other new brewers here seem to be to taste my new beer. But patience is a virtue and good things come to those who wait, so wait I will.

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Do not touch the damn thing until at least 10 days. Be patient

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