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Old 04-25-2012, 02:01 AM   #1
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It (only) took 5 batches, but, I made a beer that I REALLY want to drink - an IPA w/ Challenger Hops finished w/ Amarillo for dryhopping.

The reasons (thanks to HBT.com) it all came together are as follows:
*Sufficiently Sanitized Everything (Spray Bottle full of Starsan is a must)
*Maintained steady steeping temp
*Chilled the wort quickly to the proper pitching temp
*Good aeration (shake the sh!t out of the fermentor)
*Maintained ideal temps fermention temps.

Mostly, I'd like to share this with other fellow-newbs who, like me, are struggling.
I put my brew-tools together on a shoestring - wife bought my basic kit and I found my turkey frier, pot and freezer on Craigslist (all for >$100). I honestly feel like I can make beer that rivals what I can buy in the store. Obviously, I have an enormous amount to learn and many mistakes to make, but, I can rest assured tonight knowing that the beer in my brew closet (that I made) is damn good.


 
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:18 AM   #2
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Looks and sounds great. Well done.
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:24 AM   #3
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Great looking brew!

 
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:41 AM   #4
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Always rad to hear success stories from new brewers!

 
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:02 PM   #5
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Very nice, congratulations.

Also, Go Gators!

 
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:05 PM   #6
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Congrats on you success.

 
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:06 PM   #7
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Congrats! I had this same realization with the beers I have chilling right now. My first brew was ok, but the last three I made are amazing. color, head, flavor, all of them amazing. It's a really great feeling. Good luck on the next batch!

 
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:17 PM   #8
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Very nice, congratulations.

Also, Go Gators!
I can forgive a Gator fan who brews.

 
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:18 PM   #9
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Congrats! I had this same realization with the beers I have chilling right now. My first brew was ok, but the last three I made are amazing. color, head, flavor, all of them amazing. It's a really great feeling. Good luck on the next batch!
Yeah, my first and second were pretty bad. The third and fourth were much improved. This one just tastes like damn good beer. No off-flavors, no apologies.

 
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