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Old 03-10-2009, 06:59 PM   #1
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I just started to get into my first batch (IPA) and I am just amazed at how much the beer improved from week 2 to week 3 in a bottle. After 2 weeks it had a noticeable sweetish burning. Not sure how to describe it but it's the same flavor I have noticed a lot in New Belgiums Trippel. Anyway, fast forward a week and that taste is all but gone. I plan to every few days drink a bottle or two just to learn the progression of flavors but so far, damn. What can I say, you guys are right yet again, waiting is worth it!

Side note, brewin batch 2 tonight or tomorrow. The irish red ale from morebeer, anyone had any experience with this one?

 
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Old 03-10-2009, 07:05 PM   #2
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It just gets better. I have been letting mine sit 6 weeks in the bottle before tasting. Yes, its hard to do but I have found, well worth the wait. But what's interesting is that it just gets better and better. I'm down to the last few bottles of a couple of batches I bottled right before Christmas and they are at their absolute best. If I could stand to wait 3 months before tasting I would but I definitely can't wait that long.

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Old 03-10-2009, 08:31 PM   #3
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It just gets better. I have been letting mine sit 6 weeks in the bottle before tasting. Yes, its hard to do but I have found, well worth the wait. But what's interesting is that it just gets better and better. I'm down to the last few bottles of a couple of batches I bottled right before Christmas and they are at their absolute best. If I could stand to wait 3 months before tasting I would but I definitely can't wait that long.

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Well I figure if I get on the right brewing schedule I can have a batch fermenting, a batch aging, and a batch getting drank at any given time. Basically the circle of life.

 
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Old 03-10-2009, 08:33 PM   #4
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Side note, brewin batch 2 tonight or tomorrow. The irish red ale from morebeer, anyone had any experience with this one?
I wish I would have had the ability to make even 20 gallons of the B3 Irish Red. My sister who has never had a homebrew took home 6 bottles. My mother, who never drinks beer took 3. Finally, my stepdad, who, so far as I know, only drinks yellow fizzy beer also took 3. Needless to say, that kit went fast.
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Old 03-10-2009, 08:43 PM   #5
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Aging is good and an IPA was originally intended to spend some time in the bottle before consuming, but now we like it full of hops.

I tasted tested my hydrometer reading of my RIS after 4 weeks and it definitely has some more refining time to go. I am going to try and hold off another month and then bottle and wait until it cools down next November before I crack one.

 
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