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Old 01-31-2012, 12:33 AM   #1
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I just started my first batch of homebrew! It's the porter extract kit from Midwest. My specialty grains have been steeping for about 10 minutes, and I think I'm hooked for good...this smell is incredible.


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Old 01-31-2012, 12:46 AM   #2
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Hope to be starting my second batch this weekend, so I know what you're saying. Yes, I'm hooked, and already planning for the rest of my equipment.

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Old 01-31-2012, 01:21 AM   #3
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I know where you're at, drinking my first. Plan to bottle second batch on Thursday or Saturday depending on gravity readings. Planning 3rd batch (all grain) as soon as the primary fermenter is empty. I am soooo hooked!

 
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:31 AM   #4
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Just wait until the ferment is over and you get a whiff of the beer. Just don't stick your nose in the bucket to do it as the bucket will have a layer of CO2 that will burn your nose good.

 
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:32 AM   #5
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Just wait until the ferment is over and you get a whiff of the beer. Just don't stick your nose in the bucket to do it as the bucket will have a layer of CO2 that will burn your nose good.
Haha I'll try to remember that.

I took a whiff of the Willamette after opening the packet...so yummy
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:33 AM   #6
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I know where you're at, drinking my first. Plan to bottle second batch on Thursday or Saturday depending on gravity readings. Planning 3rd batch (all grain) as soon as the primary fermenter is empty. I am soooo hooked!
Pssst, my homebrew shop sells plastic fermenter buckets for only about $15 with lid and airlock. You could have more batches going at once if you had more fermenters. I have 3 now and sometimes I wish I had 4.

 
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:52 AM   #7
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Welcome to the obsession! A piece of advice I wish I heeded 30 batches ago: if u are planning for equip upgrades and have the space/dough, make fermentation temp control a HIGH priority. Craig's list chest freezer and temp controller at a minimum, and on up.

 
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Old 01-31-2012, 02:41 AM   #8
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I just started my first batch of homebrew! It's the porter extract kit from Midwest. My specialty grains have been steeping for about 10 minutes, and I think I'm hooked for good...this smell is incredible.
If you think the smell of those specialty grains is nice, just wait until you step into all grain. The smell of the full, hot mash tun is heavenly!

Good luck with the brew!
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:12 AM   #9
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Pssst, my homebrew shop sells plastic fermenter buckets for only about $15 with lid and airlock. You could have more batches going at once if you had more fermenters. I have 3 now and sometimes I wish I had 4.
Yes, more primary buckets are on the list... Just need more funds, 2 days till payday. Priority is getting all needed items for all grain and controlled fermentation temps. Think I have the all grain pretty well covered at this point, so on to temp controls.

 
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:55 AM   #10
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Well the first batch is in primary...but not without some serious noobery.


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