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Old 01-11-2013, 05:57 AM   #21
Jan 2013
Yelm, Washington
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My first beer was good until i figured out how to implement controls like temperature, yeast, and time. Compared to the beers I make now I believe it was borderline yukky. My pallet has matured.

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Old 01-11-2013, 06:08 AM   #22
Feb 2012
Pittsburgh, Pa
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My first beer was amazing in taste.. if only I didn't have issues with trub and raspberry chunks in some of them. It was an Irish stout kit for mr beer that I turned into a raspberry stout. Even family members that hate dark beer loved it.
Primary: cabernet sauvignon, El dorado pale
Seconday: Golding abbey, Flanders Red, Cocoa IPA, S.C.A. IPA
Bottled: Golding kolsch, Raspberry Mead, Berlinner Weisse, Caliente Pale ale, Amarillo/Citra wheat
Kegged empty

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Old 01-11-2013, 06:09 AM   #23
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Western Arkansas
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Ha Ha... My first batch (1976) tasted like Shreck barfed in the bottle...

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Old 01-11-2013, 06:16 AM   #24
Jun 2012
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My first home brew wasn't great to me, but I learned from it. I won't brew the same recipe again, it was too sweet.

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Old 01-11-2013, 06:41 AM   #25
Jan 2013
Beloit, Wisconsin
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My first was a Midwest Supplies extract kit, brewed in my tiny dorm on a hotplate. Throughout the process friends (and floormates investigating the smell) poked in. I did my best to try and control temp but it was pretty futile on a $10 hotplate. It's a miracle it turned out. Somebody sampling my beer (not a snob, but familiar with good beer) a few weeks later stated that I should start selling it. I'd call that a success.

Hope your next batch is turns out better, and don't be too hard on yourself.

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Old 01-11-2013, 06:46 AM   #26
Sep 2012
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I thought this would be some random thread where you fill in the blank of "how many of you enjoyed your first...

pirate raid
time firing a home made automatic weapon
ham and cheese sandwich made with turkey and bacon
shoes made of meat
toothbrush shaped like a spoon
leather flavored salsa

But instead, it's was normal.

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Old 01-11-2013, 12:53 PM   #27
Oct 2012
Amherst, MA
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If you don't brew a bad batch, how will you learn what not to do?

Do not be discouraged. Some people seem to turn out wonderful AG from the time of Adam. Yippee for them. Just keep practicing, maybe with half batches.

Mt first 3 with Mr Beer kits were meh. First all grain was great. Next two AG were meh but much better than the MB kits. For me it's the mash temp control and learning the equipment.
Whether beer is made in waders or in a toilet tank, as long as it is fun and the brewer likes how it tastes, who cares how it is brewed?
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:59 PM   #28
Oct 2012
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Mine turned out OK, certainly drinkable and enjoyably so. It stuck at 1.020 so the ABV was like only 3% vs. projected 4-something therefore a touch sweeter than it should have been too but otherwise not bad at all.
Drinking: Store Bought
Kegged: Cream Ale

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Old 01-11-2013, 01:25 PM   #29
Apr 2012
Omaha, NE
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My first homebrew was a coconut cascadian ale, and after all the other beers I have brewed is still one of my favorites. I even won our local homebrew monthly comp with it.

Then again, I had been around brewing for quite some time, some never created a recipe and went for it until then.
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:35 PM   #30
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Readfield, Maine
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My first was a Mr. Beer recipe as my wife purchased me the kit for Christmas. It was the recipe that came with the kit, West Coast Pale Ale. I followed the instructions exactly and the outcome was okay, it had a sweet off-taste to it that I had read about in forums because it used table sugar and what they called a booster pack--more sugar. It wasn't good but it wasn't bad. It sparked my interest enough to brew 1 more Mr. Beer batch before buying a setup to brew 5 gallon batches and move on from cans of extract and yeast with no name.

My first non-Mr.Beer was an Austin Homebrew extract kit, Texas Blonde Ale. That turned out to be a fantastic batch and really started my love for the hobby.

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