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Old 11-07-2012, 05:34 PM   #1
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Hello All!
I've been wanting to get into HomeBrewing for quite some time, but took a while to scrape together the cash to buy my Deluxe Glass Brew Kit from Northern Brewer. I also got a Hydrometer Kit.

My first brew (which they included at my choice with the kit for free) is their Honey Brown Ale. It is rated as a 6 week brew process.

Brew day was on Sunday, Oct. 21st, and all went very well. I used a Turkey Fryer, which worked FANTASTIC for brewing in my mancave/shed. That shed was BEGGING to be brewed in.

Anyways, Yeast was pitched at proper temperature, everything was pre-sanitized using Star-San, and I had awesome yeast activity and Krausen, and my temp stayed nice and stable. I moved it to my Secondary Fermentor Carboy on Thursday, Nov. 1st (day 11 of fermentation, all yeast activity and bubbling appeared to have stopped)

So far it has been a very smooth process! I think that is partly because I did so much research before starting, and watched a bunch of instructional vidz from Northern Brewer. It also doesn't hurt that I had a buddy helping me, who has already done 3 smaller batches .

Can't wait to bottle! It's a 5 gallon kit, so I should hopefully come out with about 50 beers!
I'll post some pics here pretty soon.
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:35 PM   #2
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Oh and btw, my starting, aka Original Gravity was right on target: 1.051
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:35 PM   #3
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Did you test for a stable FG before racking to secondary?
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:05 PM   #4
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Did you test for a stable FG before racking to secondary?
It was sitting in the green area right at the "10" line. Can u tell me what that would be in gravity?

I had a brainfart, and forgot how my friend showed me how to translate the 10 to the actual gravity.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:07 PM   #5
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It was sitting in the green area right at the "10" line. Can u tell me what that would be in gravity?

I had a brainfart, and forgot how my friend showed me how to translate the 10 to the actual gravity.
If it was at the "10"line, it's probably 1.010.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:21 PM   #6
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Found a reliable chart that matches my hydrometer!
Yes that is correct. It is 1.010. which means i've dropped about 41 points.
So current ABV = about 5.4%
Not bad!
Do you think my ABV "strength" will increase anymore by the time I'm ready to bottle? or after?
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Priming to bottle carb does add a couple points. But nothing major.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:22 PM   #8
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I got my Honey Brown Ale all bottled on Sunday night! (11/24)
Do you guys think that I might be ready to put one in the fridge on Friday 11/30, and crack it open on Sunday? Or do you think it will need more time to carbonate?
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It's gunna need at least 2 more weeks. Bottle carb/conditioning at 70F+ doesn't go that fast.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:31 PM   #10
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Don't touch it!

Seriously, it's not ready yet. Do yourself a favor: go out to the local craft beer store and buy two six packs of good brews, maybe stuff you haven't tried yet. If you can get the mixed six-packs and get 12 different beers, even better. I know, it's expensive, but do it anyway.

Go home, and every night when you want to open one of your new beers, open one of these instead. Just one per night. By the time you've finished them (two weeks) your beer will be ready to try. Before that, you're just wasting your hard-earned product. Believe me, the longer you wait to try it the happier you'll be with it.

I know, it's advice that will probably go unheeded. But it's worth a try.

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