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Old 07-29-2010, 03:33 PM   #1
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I just couldn't wait any longer. I brewer a red ale brewers best kit the last week of june, ferement 12 days in primary a week in secondary with gelatin and it has been 2.5 weeks in the bottles. I dropped one in the fridge at lunch and just couldnt help my self last night.

It was really good, better than I thought I could make. I was carbed fairly well, I think another week would help it, but if thats all it carbed I would be happy. I was real carefull pouring it, as I didnt want to stir up any of the sediment. I poured really slow so I didnt get much of a head on it. The next one Ill pour a bit faster and see what I get. It cleared really well I used Irish moss and gelatin. The color was a nice amber, nice aroma, and a clean red beer taste, no off flavors at all ( for my first I was really surprized).

I poured the beer, took a picture (which I wll post later), then took my first sip. The family asked how it was and I think I was too exited to taste it, so I had to take another sip. It was really good.

I let my wife try it next. Shes not a beer drinker, if she does have a beer its a mic ultra and thats maybe once or twice a year. She smelled it and says "well it smell like beer", takes a cautious sip, then says " its actually pretty good, then takes a few more swigs. She has supportive of this hobby and actually bought me the kit when I asked for it, but I think she was leary of how it would turn out.

The conversation quickly turned to what was next as I dont think this one is going to last long. I think we decided on a vinilla cream ale.

I have some edworts ready to be bottled next weekend also.

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Old 07-29-2010, 04:04 PM   #2
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And the addiction begins...

Congrats on the old "Hey, this stuff is actually pretty good!"

 
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Old 07-29-2010, 04:50 PM   #3
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I didnt expect her to like it just because it was a red beer, so it was a double compliment.

 
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Old 07-29-2010, 04:52 PM   #4
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Congrats! Welcome to the addiction...
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Old 07-29-2010, 05:12 PM   #5
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The conversation quickly turned to what was next as I dont think this one is going to last long.
My first batch (long ago) didn't even last two days after it carbed up.
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Old 07-29-2010, 05:16 PM   #6
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Yeah Im thinking its a good idea I didnt load the fridge up with them yet. I only put a few in.

 
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Old 07-29-2010, 05:19 PM   #7
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I didnt expect her to like it just because it was a red beer, so it was a double compliment.
A key lesson here, you cannot judge a beer by its color.
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Old 07-29-2010, 05:25 PM   #8
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I may turn her around yet. She had a taste of the "Great Lakes Brewing - Edmund Fitzgerald" i was drinking last week and said that was pretty good too. I highly recomend that beer.

 
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Old 07-29-2010, 05:31 PM   #9
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That is great. I still a couple of weeks before I can crack a bottle.
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Old 07-29-2010, 05:35 PM   #10
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You are lucky. My first batch was an amber ale made from a kit that come with the equipment. It had only one little bag of hops to add at the beginning. The weather turned cooler right after I made it, so I had a stuck fermentation for a while. It turned into ale that is starting to be just ok after four weeks in bottles. My second batch, however, a Sierra Nevada-style pale ale made with ingredients I got at my LHBS, is quite nice after only two weeks in bottles. I actually like it better than Sierra Nevada. Better ingredients and better brewing process make a better brew. If the second one had turned out like the first, I might have given up. As it is, I have a Belgian Pale Ale and a Saison in fermenters now.

Congratulations on a good first attempt!

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