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Old 10-30-2006, 12:12 PM   #11
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I brewed my first two batches. Liberty Cream Ale, and Happy Holiday Ale, both from Midwest. It was a long day. Started cleaning and sanitizing at 9am, finished about 5pm. Takes a while to get things boiling on the ol' electric stove, and the ice baths took longer (and more ice) than I expected. Other than that, it went pretty well. Forgot to take an OG on the Liberty Ale. I took a taste of the Happy Holiday (the OG sample) and it already taste pretty good!
So far this morning the Liberty is bubbling, but not the Holiday, yet.

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Old 10-30-2006, 12:49 PM   #12
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Kegged a brown ale yesterday and brewed up an Orange-Cranberry Ale and 5 gallons of Apfelwein. Finished them both later yesterday afternoon and am not seeing any airlock activity yet. Used Dry Montrachet yeast for the Apfelwein and WLP011 European Ale Yeast for the Orange-Cranberry Ale. Hopefully, they'll be bubbling away when I return from work tonight.

Next up: Cheesefood's Caramel Cream Ale. It looked too good to pass up!

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Old 10-30-2006, 05:19 PM   #13
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Brew a Bridgeport IPA Clone (my second brew) on Saturday. Was a good day, hit my OG target right on (1.056), but I forgot to reduce the bittering hops from the recipe for a full boil.

Should still be good, guess I'll have to see what Bridgeport at 62 IBUs tastes like. =)

I need more fermenters, more bottles, and more time now. =)

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Old 10-31-2006, 01:03 AM   #14
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Brewed up the "Holiday Cheer Ale" from the Papazian 'bible' with a little modification. Some light malt extract and some amber, as opposed to all light. This was my first real (1-2 hour over the stove for steeping and boiling) 5 gallon brew and everything is looking up after a day and a half.

Pitched Safale US-56 American Ale yeast directly into wort and stirred for 5 minutes as opposed to making a starter...
OG was 1.050, which seemed reasonable.
Brew sits at 68-70 degrees.
I got about 20 bubbles per minute coming through the airlock.
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Old 10-31-2006, 02:32 AM   #15
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Yup - brewed my first AG yesterday. Efficiency sucked, but what could I expect with so many untested gadgets? Next time...

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