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Old 12-22-2009, 04:32 AM   #1
Dec 2009
Portland, OR
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American Amber. After 9 days in the fermenter and 7 in in the bottle I threw one 12oz. in the fridge last night, cuz ya know, I just couldn't help myself.

Drinking it now, and it's good! Color and body are good, taste is good but slightly sweeter than I would like, and it's a little flat. I think with another week or two in the bottle for the yeast to finish eating that priming sugar and carbonate more, it'll be fantastic!

I'm very excited!

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Old 12-22-2009, 05:07 AM   #2
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Mar 2009
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Congrats, yes it will carb up more as you let it sit. When I used to bottle I tried to let it sit at least three weeks. Then let is sit in the fridge for another week at least. If you can wait, two to three weeks in the fermenter usually improves it as well.
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Old 12-22-2009, 05:15 AM   #3
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Congrats on your first beer being drinkable and enjoyable after such a short time. As you already know, with another few weeks in the bottle to condition and carb up you should only get better tasting beer as it goes on.

Like you, I was thrilled at how my first beer turned out. Sure, I wasn't winning any awards with it or anything, but it was amazing that I could make something so tasty!

Get started on that second brew now and get that pipeline going!

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Old 12-22-2009, 05:48 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by marubozo View Post
Get started on that second brew now and get that pipeline going!
Yup, already got some hard cider and an IIPA and ESB fermenting.

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Old 12-22-2009, 06:28 AM   #5
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Congrats on the first one and have fun making more!
Primary1: Strawberry Blonde
Primary2: Kiwi Blonde
Sanke Primary: Oxyclean
Bottled: Imperial Stout
Kegged: Centenial Pale Ale, Peat Malt Porter, Rye Pale Ale, Maibock
Near Future: Red Ale, Kolsch

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Old 12-22-2009, 02:54 PM   #6
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My beers improved markedly when I started leaving them in primary for 3-4 weeks. If you can wait that long, it will definitely make a difference. Also, 3 weeks to carb up in the bottles at 70 degrees is the norm. It will take longer with bigger beers or lower temperatures. Think of the waiting time as an opportunity to stock up on bottles that you'll use for later beers.

Primary 1: 4 Hop IPA

Primary 2: Apfelwein

Primary 3: Air

Bottled: Hammered Squirrel Nut Brown Ale (btl. 5/9/10), Jamil's Evil Twin (btl. 3/29/10), Crazy Ivan RIS (btl. 2/14/10), English Pale Ale (btl. 12/29/09), Apfelwein

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Old 12-22-2009, 08:05 PM   #7
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Sounds almost exactly like my first brew, an amber ale, its been in the bottle now for almost 5 weeks and its definitely getting drier.

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Old 12-22-2009, 08:09 PM   #8
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It is a great feeling drinking something you made and enjoy it, Congrats.
Next:Smoked Pilsner.
Primary:Belgian Red, American Stout w/Roeselare
On Tap:Pale Ale, English Bitter
Aging: Imperial Oatmeal Stout on Vanilla beans.

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