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Old 01-14-2011, 06:47 PM   #1
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What's up everyone.. I have been doing some research and really want to get into this hobby. Just ordered my kit and it came but they forgot my ingredients kit. I think it should be here this weekend. Anyways its aTrue Brew Amber Ale kit. I am really hoping to get a good first batch and do a couple more extract kit before upgrading to grain. I am also in the process of reading "How To Brew". All advice is welcome..

I Have just added some pics of the progress I have made in my 1st week. Feed back will greatly be appreciated.

Here she is.... A week later and I start... with HBT on the back!!!



On the stove top. This electric stove took way too long. will have to deal with it for the next couple batches but I will deff be upgrading to a Propane Burner.







On the Ice bath, This actually worked really well and cooled quicker than I thought. At one point the temp went to the mid 70s right b4 i pitched i brought it back to 90 (is this ok???)




As you can see I made a little mess!!





FV!!






Trying to maintain upper 60s to lower 70s temp. Started with a fishtank heater which worked ok until I removed it from the water and broke it. Now I am using heat wire which is used to keep pipes from freazing. I got the parts which is sealed inside the water container (not pictured) and its actually working really well.

Also giving my bottles a nice bath to make it easier for de labeling.. I have them in their for close to a week ( since i have to wait anyways) and its working Great






While I wait, I try some diff Beers.. This was a good one









Thank You all for looking...

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Old 01-14-2011, 07:39 PM   #2
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Welcome to your new hobby/obsession!!

If you don't get your kit, how far away from Monroe, CT are you? You could swing up to Maltose Express and pick up another kit. www.maltose.com
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:33 PM   #3
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I called you guys weds because i was snowed in and wanted to go get a kit and guess you guys were closed due to the storm, but I was there this past saturday and did the mistake of not picking anything up. I will deff be there these next weeks to get my second kit and a 6.5 carboy. Would love to go tomorrow but it's my lil girls bday and I will be super busy.

 
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:55 PM   #4
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Read a few threads here for some rules of thumb. Sanitize. Boil. Primary for 3 to 4 weeks at not too high a temp. Don't fiddle with the brew while it ferments. Bottle/keg when ready, and leave it condition another few weeks. In the meantime, get another few brews in the pipeline so you don;t have so long to wait as your progress in the hobby.

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Old 01-15-2011, 03:52 PM   #5
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welcome.. that was my first brew too... (sure plenty of folks) It was an ok beer.. It would have been better if I had the advice that is pushed here... let it sit in the fermentation bucket for at least 2 weeks instead of the.. I think 1 the instructions say... and after you bottle don't even think about trying one for 3 weeks.

 
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Old 01-15-2011, 05:14 PM   #6
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What's up everyone.. I have been doing some research and really want to get into this hobby. Just ordered my kit and it came but they forgot my ingredients kit. I think it should be here this weekend. Anyways its aTrue Brew Amber Ale kit. I am really hoping to get a good first batch and do a couple more extract kit before upgrading to grain. I am also in the process of reading "How To Brew". All advice is welcome..


I just orderd my kit also. Will come nexed week. I am going to my home Brew store today and get an ingredients kit.

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Old 01-15-2011, 08:01 PM   #7
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Thanx for the advices everyone.. the advice and threads on this site is great.. How To Brew is kid of making me somewhat nervous because its so critical about everything... I will deff have to read the book once or twice more..lol..

 
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:15 PM   #8
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Hope everything turns out great. Did my first about two months ago... The obsession WILL start. All i have in my fridge is homebrew. I will NEVER buy another beer from the big three!

 
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:14 AM   #9
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I am also new to the hobbie and just starting to learn the basics. Im using several mr beer kegs and kits. All have come out awsome. Its going to be hard for be to brew bigger batches beacuse im the only beer drinker in the house and 5gallons might be to big of batches for me. So far im having a lot of fun with this hobbie. im also learnig more then ever about beer

 
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:46 AM   #10
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I wanted to start with a Mr. Beer but knew that I would want to upgrade to 5 gO Nd future all grain.. so I just bought the 5 gal kit from the start.. I am also the only beer drinker and on top of that I am big into the gym so the 5 gal will last me a while. I plan on sharing with friends so that's the reason I am hoping I get good at it so I can be like "look at what I did"

 
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