Using the instructions in John Palmers excellent book "How to Brew" I made my very first beer. It is pretty close to his Cincinnati Pale Ale recipe. I used WLP028 for the yeast.
It tasted AWESOME when I bottled it on Sunday (04/01). Most of it was bottled in Erdinger 22 ounce bottles but I filled eight 12 ounce clear Newcastle bottles so I could watch what happens as the beer ages. In just a little over 48 hours it has started to clear beautifully and looks really nice. I am very excited! I think I will have to open one this Sunday after only a week to see if it is starting to carbonate and if I did everything correctly. I know clear bottles are not the first choice in beer bottling but it just looks so darn pretty in them!
When I pulled this one out of the closet today to take a peek it looked so nice I had to put it out in the sun and take a picture.
Since the recipe is a little different from the one in the book I am calling this Tall Pines Pale Ale after all the beautiful and enormous pine trees we have here on our property.
Thanks to everyone who makes this such a great forum and wealth of homebrewing information.
I use the newie ale bottles for the same thing. I do a couple so I can sample after each week passes. I keep them in the dark and bring em out to "candle" them (hold up to a light) so I can check progress.
The beer in the photo looks as proud as you. Welcome to our world. You will be impressed with what you make, but you will also become your harshest critic. Just remember why you are doing this. Enjoy your craft.