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Old 11-29-2012, 01:46 AM   #1
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Hey gang, just wanted to say hello to community! Just did my first brew on Sunday.. I picked up a True Brew Basic starter equipment kit and a True Brew Red Ale ingredient kit from my LHBS this weekend and got it fired up on Sunday. good times! I've got a batch of Sam Adams bottles soaking to degunk and delabel them and hoping to be bottling the weekend after next(2 weeks primary) then I'll let them sit for 2 weeks before I break into them.

Anyways, just wanted to say hello and thanks for the great info on these boards! I've found answers to almost every questions I've had so far on these forums. What a great resource!

 
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:47 AM   #2
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:53 AM   #3
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Welcome and congrats on your first brew.

 
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:07 PM   #4
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Welcome to the addiction and the best site for information on making your beer better. You've picked out a nice beer for your first and I'm sure you are anxious to taste it but to make the next one better here are a couple tips.

When you add your yeast, make sure that the wort is cooled enough. I like mine to be lower than 72 and the low 60's are preferred. Try to keep the fermenter near the cold end of the yeast's preferred temperature range. Most of my beers now ferment for a week at 62 to 66 degrees. That keeps the yeast from running away and making off flavors. Once the week is over I bring the temperature up to the low 70's for another week to 3 weeks depending on the OG and the darkness of the beer with the higher OG and darker color beers going the longest.

Second tip is don't be in too much of a hurry to drink them up. Home brewed beers take some time to mature and as they mature the flavor improves.

Third tip is to spend a little (little!!) cash and get another fermenter. I like the plastic buckets because they have handles, are shatterproof, and have a large opening to pour the wort into and to get my hands into to clean them out. By being careful with them they will be good for years. Having another fermeter will allow you to make beer more often and take away some of the desire to drink it before it matures. I have 3 fermenters and sometimes have them all full at once.

 
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:45 PM   #5
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This is the best home brewing site for good folks & info.
I leave the beer in primary till it hits FG. Then give it another 3-7 days to clean up by products & settle out clear or slightly misty. Then rack to bottling bucket & bulk prime,bottle away.
Let the bottles sit in covered boxes or other dark place for 3-4 weeks on average at 70F+. Then at least a week fridge time to settle any chill haze,get co2 into solution,& compact the yeast trub on the bottom of the bottles for a cleaner,more complete pour.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:59 PM   #6
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let the bottles sit in covered boxes or other dark place for 3-4 weeks on average at 70f+. Then at least a week fridge time to settle any chill haze,get co2 into solution,& compact the yeast trub on the bottom of the bottles for a cleaner,more complete pour.

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Old 11-30-2012, 02:42 PM   #7
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Hey all, thanks for some great advice! Couple of questions that maybe you guys could give me your opinions on.

1)for my first brew (red ale), would I be ok to ferment for 2 weeks then condition for 2 weeks? My future brews I plan to ferment for min. 3 weeks and condition for min. 3 weeks(due to advice on this forum), but for my first brew I'm just a bit excited to get to it! I'll leave probably half of the batch to sit for 3+ weeks in bottles but I'm curious if 2/2 is to early to start cracking some of them them open. Guess I can try a few and find out!

2)I'd like to expand my setup (asking for items for Xmas), and would like to brew some 1 gallon batches so I can try out some beers I normally wouldn't want to brew a full batch of(and have several beers going at once). I'll do this while still making 5 gal batches. Should I get the 1 gal small batch growler kit on Northern Brewers website, or just get a couple 2 gal buckets with lids/airlocks? I'm kinda leaning towards the 2 gal buckets as they seem more versatile..

3)if I get the 2 gal buckets should I get a 3rd and use as a bottling bucket? Seems that would be easier for bottling smaller batches instead of siphoning or using the 6.5 gal bucket.

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I like to give a beer all the time it needs to finish & settle out clear or slightly misty. Less trub in the bottles that way,& the beer is further along condition-wise.
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:58 PM   #9
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When you try the beer after bottled for 2 weeks, I suggest you try just one. I have had a couple batches carbonate in that time but most take 3 weeks or longer. All of them tasted better after 3 weeks.

 
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:12 PM   #10
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Is it possible to split bottling times? For instance can I siphon maybe 2 gallons out of the fermenter after 2 weeks (into the bottling bucket) and leave the remaining 3 gallons to ferment an additional week before bottling? I'm thinking of this as an experiment to see how the beer is at each stage. I'd love to see how the timing changes all aspects of the beer and keep records of it for future learning. I would have to be real careful to keep everything sanitized but it seems like it might work.
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