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Old 12-25-2012, 05:21 AM   #1
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Default First taste of first brew.

So I'm new to homebrewing, I'm going away for the next 3 days so I had to take a hydro reading on my 2 first brews before I go. My first brew is 11 days in primary. My second brew is 9 days in primary. I want to retake the hydro reading when I get back.

My first brew is a Irish ale extract. OG 1.042, my test as of now 1.012 after 11 days and still bubbling. Wow it was good. Warm and flat but ouuwee. Tasted great. When I get back, it's going in the secondary for 2 more weeks, then bottle for 2 weeks but wow it was gooooood!!!!

My second brew is a couple days after my 1st. It's a raspberry wheat ale. It's not done fermenting but boy was it good and it still has days left to ferment. It's not done yet. OG was 1.052 and as of now is 1.018 and still bubbling. A little sweet but real good flavor and it's not done yet.

Both air locks are still bubbling after removing them and taking a reading. I'm gonna let them ferment out before going to secondary. I have fresh frozen raspberries for my 2ndary.

I'm happy as of tasting theese beers for the first time since I brewed them and they did not taste good then. As soon as I move theese to 2ndary, I have a pumpkin ale next and my first shot at my owne recipe for a double IPA. I want something strong haha.

Thanks for all the help and info bc wow that Irish red was good and only after 11 days. In 4 more weeks it's gonna be incredible!!!

PS both batches were done with full boil method and extract kits.


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Old 12-25-2012, 07:02 AM   #2
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You can skip the secondary on the Irish if you want, no real need for it. With the fruit addition, the secondary is a good way to go...happy brewing


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The only reason I don't want to skip it is bc I want to brew again. If I can rack to secondary it will free up my primary :-)

Thanks though.
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What helibrewer is meaning is you if FG is stable go ahead and bottle the Irish red,then you could still use the primary and have bottles conditioning.
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For about $15 and a stop at the LHBS you can have an empty fermenter.

You shouldn't ever move your beer to secondary until your gravity stops changing and if it has stopped you can simply bottle unless you want to add something like fruit. Then it is better to secondary but even fruit in the primary wouldn't be bad.
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Secondary? We dont need no stinkin secondary! They are ALL Primaries!
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Thanks guys for the info.

Its not gonna hurt anything to rack the amber ale to secondary right? I know to be careful and sanitary and keep the beer from oxigenating. But as long as I'm care full won't it be a good thing to sit in there for a week or so b4 bottling?
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well, it just opens you up for contamination and infection. Why not just leave it in the primary and start your new batch in your "secondary"? Really, they are both primaries. The only time you will really need a secondary is if you are racking on top of fruit or something. You will find around here that the consensus is to leave it be and rack it only to your bottling bucket and bottle. But...it's your beer. Secondary wont hurt you unless it gets infected.
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Secondary? We dont need no stinkin secondary! They are ALL Primaries!
Yeah we don't neeeeeeeeed no secondary!!
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well, it just opens you up for contamination and infection. Why not just leave it in the primary and start your new batch in your "secondary"? Really, they are both primaries
Well I have 2 hom brew starter kits and they come with a 6 gal PRI and 5 gal sec so I can't ferment in my secondary.


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