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Old 08-02-2010, 12:49 PM   #1
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Default Woot! I have beer...

That's right, I said woot!

I finally made the time for my first brew day, yesterday, and I woke up to this. I beautiful carboy full of fermenting beer. It makes some serious glubs from the blow-off tube going into the jug of sanitizer. It's Norther Brewers Three Hearted kit.



Like I said, it was my first brew day and it went pretty smooth and I learned a thing or two.

First, and foremost, I bent the SWMBO over for a quickie. Not sure how long I will be able to maintain this step on brew day, but I intend to for as many brew days possible.

I had three minor hiccups. First, I forgot to get ice for the ice bath until I had already started steeping the specialty grains. No biggie, I went to the store after my boil started and my wife minded the pot.

Next, after the ice bath, I didn't get that great of a whirlpool. Lots of stuff still floating. The auto-siphon stopped siphoning. I thought I just had too much stuff floating around. It was actually clogged. Next time my siphon stops, I will check that, instead of dumping the wort into the fermenter. There was quite a bit of trub left in the pot, but not as much as I would like to have left.

The last little thing I did not like was how I pitched my yeast. After topping off and aerating the wort, there was a nice foamy head. I sprinkled the yeast on top of that. After the head settled, I had a huge clump of yeast. Perhaps, next time, I will give the wort some time to settle before pitching the yeast.

Aside from those three things, I thought the brew day went great. And those are some minor details, anyway...

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Old 08-02-2010, 12:55 PM   #2
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Congrats dude! I can only imagine that that is as close to the feeling of child birth that we'll actually come. Without the pain of shooting something the size of a watermelon out of our bottom.

Cheers man.

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Old 08-02-2010, 02:00 PM   #3
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I'm going to have to that SWMBO thing on my next brew day. It may not help the beer but it couldn't hurt.

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Its a great feeling. Wait till you drink the beer, another great feeling.

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Congrats

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If the yeast is just hanging out on top, maybe next time try rehydrating it. While you don't have to it could help with the problem you are seeing.

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By the following morning, it was fine. Very active and has gone glub glub every couple seconds for two days, so far. It's pretty amazing to watch...

But I do think next time I will rehydrate it, first. My next beer is the NB Bourbon Porter

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Congrats dude! I can only imagine that that is as close to the feeling of child birth that we'll actually come. Without the pain of shooting something the size of a watermelon out of our bottom.

Cheers man.
I know what you mean. This is like sitting with your buddy while his kid take his first step.

Dont forget to tell us how it comes out Xtant.
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Down to a glub every 30 seconds or so. After over two days of giving it hell, the yeasties are slowing down...

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The krausen dropped. The glubs are pretty far apart. Far enough apart that I am not gonna stand around timing them. lol....

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