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Old 09-03-2012, 08:16 AM   #1
tosteen
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Hey guys, so I bought a kit today and started a brew of Honey Brown Ale. I sanitized everything and followed the timetables and directions as best I could. It's 3 AM and we just put the lid on the fermenter and our temp is near the max for Ales, but cooling down. There were some hiccups along the way, but nothing too bad, I think. Still, I feel like I'm having a child or something, and worried as hell that all the time and money spent will be for naught! Should I be? Also, has anyone else felt this way on their first brew?



 
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:20 AM   #2
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We were all in the samp position as you with the first brew.I used to check my fermenter twice a hour,keep your fermenter in range of your yeast and dont bottle till steady gravity.
Awise man once said Relax Don't Worry Have A Home Brew....or local craft brew.



 
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:22 AM   #3
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Someone will be right by to tell you to relax and dont worry and have a homebrew (RDWHAB). Having a temperature in the upper ranges of recommended is not a problem when it's right after pitching. The yeast needs to get started (lag time) and as long as it's still cooling you will probably end up with a primary fermentation at a correct temperature. Lag times can range from 4-72 hours, so just put your worries aside.

Edit: Looks like I was beaten to the post.

 
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:32 AM   #4
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I've been brewing for 11 years, and I still check my fermenter atleast once a day.....RDWHAB!!!

 
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:34 AM   #5
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Thanks guys, I like the saying. I'll let you know how it turns out!

 
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:37 AM   #6
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Welcome to the addiction!!!!!

 
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:42 AM   #7
tosteen
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Quote:
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Welcome to the addiction!!!!!
Haha it feels like one! I just hope that yeast is doing its share of the work, for all the stress that went into it!

 
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:54 AM   #8
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I was a wreck after my first brew and the yeast didn't kick in for 48 hours. I thought I screwed up bad. With hind sight I learned more patience and that brew turned out pretty good. Welcome to your new lifestyle. Just make sure after you bottle it you let it age a few weeks before drinking it. Green beer is bad. Im sure it will work out fine and I sil check my fermentor twice a day.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:40 AM   #9
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'don't worry relax and have a home brew' is not just a saying, it's a quote from a book called the joy of home brewing. When I read it I swear I was going to choke him if he said it one more time! Haha.

Welcome to home brewing. My one piece of advice would be patience, you're looking at about a two month process here, at least, try your best not to rush it or skip any steps!

Good luck!

 
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Old 09-03-2012, 02:01 PM   #10
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Welcome! I'm sure everything will be fine and your brew will be delicious!


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