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Old 09-21-2012, 02:48 PM   #1
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So I bottled my first batch of home brewed beer (English Brown Ale) this past Sunday (9/16) and I am excited about finally enjoying it. Since I new to this I am anxious to taste it. How long should I wait before opening one? Should I try one each week to see how the tastes change of just wait 2 weeks or so?

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Old 09-21-2012, 02:52 PM   #2
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I would wait two weeks, chill one..try it......if its not to your carb level, wait another week and repeat.

I keg, however typically from brewing to drinking I wait 5 weeks to get the greenness out.

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Old 09-21-2012, 02:56 PM   #3
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Beeing your first beer I will try one at a week, one at 10 days, another at 14 days and so on until the 3 weeks @70 that are usually requiered, this will give you the chance to try for yourself the changes that beer experiments while conditioning in bottles. After your first couple of batches just wait the usual period.

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Old 09-21-2012, 03:08 PM   #4
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Waiting for you first batch sucks, doesn't it.

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Old 09-21-2012, 09:29 PM   #5
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Waiting for you first batch sucks, doesn't it.
here here, I'll drink to that
I might sneak a taste of the beer I bottled a week ago just to see how it's getting along. Scientific experimentation I'll call it
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:59 PM   #6
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I can't help but to take a taste at about 12 days or so. If it's a half batch then I force myself to wait. I usually clean bottles or brew another batch to help ease the pain of waiting. It's the hardest part of the hobby!

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Old 09-21-2012, 10:35 PM   #7
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So I bottled my first batch of home brewed beer (English Brown Ale) this past Sunday (9/16) and I am excited about finally enjoying it. Since I new to this I am anxious to taste it. How long should I wait before opening one? Should I try one each week to see how the tastes change of just wait 2 weeks or so?
The best part abut this hobby is you brewed it, it's your beer so do whatever you feel compelled to do with it! If you want to try one in a week, go for it and enjoy it but most likely two weeks it will be better, 3 even better and so on.

Personally I sample one bottle of every beer I brew at one week for initial evaluation and note taking. Depending upon that sample I will determine when to drink some more. As I take copious notes of everything I do and usually brew most of my beers several times this gives me a baseline for the future so I know the second time around if a beer is even worth touching before a certain time. For example, I just finished bottling Revvy's Belgian Blonde for the second time and based on my first experience I won;t even sample this batch for at least 3-4 weeks
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:39 PM   #8
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+1 on trying one now. I'm 15 batches into my brewing experience and I have tried every one at 1 week in the bottle (and every week after that until "ready"). No harm in it and I haven't regretted a single one.

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Old 09-21-2012, 10:40 PM   #9
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Have one today. It might not be carbed but it'll let your mind rest a bit. And if it doesn't taste good, don't worry.

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Old 09-21-2012, 10:42 PM   #10
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Waiting for you first batch sucks, doesn't it.
It sure does. Although, being myself as usual, as I'm drinking mine, I keep thinking, "Wow, this probably would have been really good if I actually gave it time to get some age." I kegged my first one at 3 weeks, and have been pulling sips off just about every night. Even the daily changes it goes through is kind of cool. It's sad that it probably won't last until it would taste the best.

I knew this going in though, that's why I brewed 3 in 3 weeks. This one will hopefully allow me to take the time with the others. Then start building a pipeline. It's kind of the sacrificial lamb of my homebrewing.
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