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Old 01-19-2007, 01:18 AM   #1
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I couldn't wait any longer to try my first beer I made. Put 1 in the fridge at noon to have after work. I was surprised at the carbonation and taste after only 5 days in the bottle. This is a German Altbier with a dark amber color with a mild hop taste. Wife described it as a bit of molassas flavor but said she likes it.
Don't know if I can wait the 3+ weeks for it to get better cause it's GOOD now.


 
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Old 01-19-2007, 01:22 AM   #2
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It's ok to sample before 3 weeks! Almost everyone does it, it's nice to see how it improves. Just don't panic if you open one from a different batch after 5 days and it's not all that great.

 
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Old 01-19-2007, 01:23 AM   #3
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as a novice myself - i say, "drink up." but save a couple for later to see if the beer does markedly improve.
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Old 01-19-2007, 05:12 AM   #4
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It's hard to wait isn't it?
I predict that when you drink the last bottle you will say " Oh man this has really gotten good. I wish there were more left"
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Old 01-19-2007, 05:15 AM   #5
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I always test a bottle or 2 out early just for the hell of it.


 
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Old 01-19-2007, 06:50 AM   #6
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Intersting choice of a first beer to brew. Altbier. Good on 'ya Slowspoke.

Funny how that beer can taste early. Good. Then it gets better. Delicious. And then...darn it's gone. Would have tasted great in 3 months no doubt but who has the the time. Or beer.

 
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Old 01-19-2007, 04:49 PM   #7
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My first beer will be 3 weeks in bottles this saturday, I've already drank half of it...

I'll be saving a few bottles for my friends and family who come out here to ski in the spring, I guess I'll find out what is should taste like then...oh well.

 
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Old 01-21-2007, 05:35 AM   #8
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I brewed my 7 or 8th session first week in dec. I tried the first chance that would be normally allowed and it was ok, but of course a month and a half later wow, it is so darn good, wish i had three times as much, have about 30 16 oz glasses of it left in my keg. i keg i don't bottle. Amazing how sitting in a keg or bottle and the stuff gets better with age

 
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Old 01-21-2007, 06:29 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RichBrewer
It's hard to wait isn't it?
I predict that when you drink the last bottle you will say " Oh man this has really gotten good. I wish there were more left"
I've only got 12 of my first brew left, and every time I have one, it's better than the one before! My second brew was good, but not AS good as the first, after 3 weeks. I'm about to order a kit for my 3rd, right after I pay some bills. But congrats to Slowpoke on a first brew success!
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Old 01-21-2007, 11:03 PM   #10
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life is too short, trying your beer earlier is great, plus it lets you appreciate your creation that much better is a few weeks.
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