First beer was an Irish red. I had not discovered HBT, so I went by directions. Bottled after a week and a half. It's been in bottles for about 4 weeks, and it's still getting there.
Shortly after I found HBT, I brewed a nut brown. Left it in primary for 2.5 weeks and bottled last Monday. Took the obligatory first beer this past Monday, and it was phenomenal. I'm super stoked. Brought some over to my parents house (along with an American cream ale that was bottled on the same day...was good, but still needs to carb more) last night, and they both loved it. My mom is not a beer drinker, but when she is, it's got to have a lime, an orange, or be an ultra. So for her to love this darker brew that I made was awesome!
I think this is going to be one of those beers I always have to keep on hand. I've got a case, a 6 pack, a bomber, and a TAD of it, and imagine it's going to go quickly.
So even though my first brew is getting better and better, I'm calling this beer my first success! The American cream was delicious, just not carbed all the way which is to be expected at only a week.