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Old 12-01-2012, 07:41 PM   #91
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I learned that no matter what, there will always be something I forgot to buy when it's time to brew. This time: an adequately-sized grain bag.

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Old 12-02-2012, 12:49 AM   #92
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A couple weeks ago, I tasted my first wheat beer on the very first possible "serve date".

It was decent, but harsh.

Today, I opened the second bottle in that batch. OMG, what a difference.

It was amazing.

Note to self... Patience is a virtue. Wait at least 3 weeks, preferably more, and the beer will be much better.

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Old 12-02-2012, 09:30 PM   #93
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Last night I learned that I need to dial in my KAB6 before brewing on it. Had the tank and regulator freeze up on me and restrict flow down halfway through my boil. It should still be a damn fine beer though.

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I learned today to not forget that if you use a stir plate for a starter that the stir bar pitches right in with the yeast.

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Old 12-03-2012, 02:54 AM   #95
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I learned last week to not forget about the stir bar when you pitch your yeast. Guess I will order a few extra.

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Learned that just because you've got a higher gravity beer doesn't mean that it will explode through the blow off. The krausen is comfortably resting a good half gallon from the top of the carboy. A little disappointed... :-/ it looks so cool when others have a full carboy and blow off tube

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I've learned that after brewing for 2 yrs and 30+ batches that I'm still learning. Like home grown hops don't always taste or smell like store bought hops and that I need to add a crap ton more of them.

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Learned that just because you've got a higher gravity beer doesn't mean that it will explode through the blow off. The krausen is comfortably resting a good half gallon from the top of the carboy. A little disappointed... :-/ it looks so cool when others have a full carboy and blow off tube
i get that "cool" effect because i use a small carboy.

if you have a gallon, or more, headroom in your carboy then the blow-off tube is insurance.

if you are using a 5 gallon carboy (or in my case a 1 gallon carboy) the blow-off tube is an absolute requirement.
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I learned that I CAN brew beer! REAL beer and not just in my Mr. Beer Kit. Just brewed a Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout and it is in the LBK fermenting right now.

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I learned that I CAN brew beer! REAL beer and not just in my Mr. Beer Kit. Just brewed a Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout and it is in the LBK fermenting right now.
that is very cool

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