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Old 01-01-2009, 11:12 PM   #1
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So I boiled my first wort a couple weeks ago, then transferred it to the fermentor and left it alone. But a week later, fairly spoiling for a little action -- ANY action -- I racked to secondary . . . and have been doing my utmost to totally disregard it ever since. It's just been sitting there in the dark pantry, not doing anything . . . anything at all. :::yawnnn::: Be ready to bottle in a week or two, I reckon. :::ZZZzzz::: Can't recall such action-packed adventure. :::crickets chirping:::

I'm afraid I'm going to become accustomed to the pace of this new hobby of mine, then take up vegetable gardening in the spring and get my eye put out by a sprouting green bean plant.

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Old 01-01-2009, 11:19 PM   #2
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Actually it's only like this in the beginning, as you brew more than your first batch, you will have beers at various stages of the process, needing to be brewed, in primary, in secondary (if you use it) needing to be bottled, and bottle conditioning...there will come a time where you never will be without something of yours that is drinkable.

I have one I brewed yesterday, one I will bottle this weekend, another one that I will leave in primary for at least another week, I'm drinking one now (nearly finished with it), another two JUST came online to be drinkable, another 1 or 2 should be ready to drink in another week, and I'm pulling another half case out of long term storage, because it had an off flavor and I ignored it for 6 months, I just tasted one and it is gone...

And I plan on one more 2.5 gallon batch before I go back to work on monday...

Get the idea?

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Yeah, I get the idea, thank you. In fact, this was just the sort of thing I was looking for, and even got a bonus: the off-taste that went away thing. Very cool!

Y' gotta understand, I'm all wound up over a new hobby/passion and feel a need to DO something, but I know better than to even think about rushing what I got. So abusing my bandwidth priviliges sprang to mind instead. I believe I'll go buy a kit and start a second brew tomorrow, and get the ol' pipeline one step closer to truly being a going concern.

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I get the idea. Revvy needs to have a party!
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Yeah, I get the idea, thank you. In fact, this was just the sort of thing I was looking for, and even got a bonus: the off-taste that went away thing. Very cool!

Y' gotta understand, I'm all wound up over a new hobby/passion and feel a need to DO something, but I know better than to even think about rushing what I got. So abusing my bandwidth priviliges sprang to mind instead. I believe I'll go buy a kit and start a second brew tomorrow, and get the ol' pipeline one step closer to truly being a going concern.
The easiest answer is buy another bucket and brew again...that's how you get to that point...

As to the time improving with age, read this thread of mine...http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/neve...en-beer-73254/

My philosophy is that if a beer isn't "right" then set it aside for a couple more months and taste it again...

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I get the idea. Revvy needs to have a party!
Although it is hard to get us all together, it would be fun to have a Michigan masher's tasting party sometime in the next couple months...
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Old 01-01-2009, 11:43 PM   #6
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You want excitement, take up sky diving. You want to craft pure beauty with your own hands and mind, brew.

I actually do find brewing quite exciting. But I'm old and sort of boring.

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As a matter of fact, I've been a good little boy and read all those threads we n00bs are admonished to read before posting. And I understand how forums like this work well enough to know why posting a new thread with "Question..." as a header is . . . dumb. Now, that's good for y'all, but bad for me. I have to scrape for excuses to post stuff and participate, as you see, since I'm too new to be of help, and too informed from doing my homework to ask questions.

So I abuse my bandwidth privileges...

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As a matter of fact, I've been a good little boy and read all those threads we n00bs are admonished to read before posting. And I understand how forums like this work well enough to know why posting a new thread with "Question..." as a header is . . . dumb. Now, that's good for y'all, but bad for me. I have to scrape for excuses to post stuff and participate, as you see, since I'm too new to be of help, and too informed from doing my homework to ask questions.

So I abuse my bandwidth privileges...
I suggest you check out a history of my posts. I've abused bandwidth privileges to the point that they are a bloodied mess, barely breathing in the gutter as frigid temperatures descend.
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brewing is great.

it cannot be my only hobby though. It's just something that takes up time between my other hobbies.

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Old 01-01-2009, 11:55 PM   #10
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IMO, you are never too new to help. I have brewed 3 batches in total. But, each batch has taught me valuable information. That information I learned can be useful to others.

Also, IMO, if you haven't learned anything valuable while brewing (even your first batch), you aren't paying attention.

Just my .02

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