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Old 03-07-2013, 11:45 PM   #1
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Default First brew success!

I just wanted to thank everyone who has helped me in my threads, or whose threads I've read in order to make this brew a success. I cracked into it a little early (5 days after bottling), but I couldn't wait anymore. I brewed Midwest's Autumn Amber Ale and it is fantastic! The hops definitely need to mellow (they were present in primary fermentation), but it is a tasty brew indeed!

Thanks again! I can't wait for round 2.


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Old 03-07-2013, 11:57 PM   #2
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Congrats! I just bottled my first brew (Northern Brewers Black IPA) and am anxiously waiting for the bottles to carb up.


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Old 03-08-2013, 02:20 AM   #3
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I couldn't wait either, just bottled my first batch (Belgian White beer) a few days ago. It tastes great!

I ordered a 5-gallon keg and CO2 setup. Does that mean I can skip the waiting period on bottles? Or should I let the beer "rest" before kegging and drinking? (Talking about wheat beer)
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:46 AM   #4
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I have no clue, I was actually wondering this myself. That is going to be my next big investment probably.
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:02 AM   #5
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Congrats to all first-batchers, it's a great feeling.
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:21 AM   #6
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Congrats to all first-batchers, it's a great feeling.
Thanks. I've always had a negative opinion of home brew; I don't like hoppy flavor, and learned to like beer by drinking Bavarian wheat beers in Germany. A pretty high bar, and few home brewers could match that. Mostly it was sour, hoppy, beer, that I couldn't even drink, really.

I'm still in shock, since my Belgian White beer is really good, even by my snobby European standards

Life is good.
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:48 AM   #7
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Kegging will get beer carbonated faster, but not conditioned. It will still have that "green beer" taste - often described as apple-y.
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:53 AM   #8
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Now you're hooked...welcome to the addiction.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:35 PM   #9
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So I have been drinking my black ipa. Here is my newbie advice: the beer after two weeks vs 3 weeks in the bottle is night and day. The 3 week beer is way better and has better carb and head. Listen to the people, patience! Give it time in the bottle. It is worth the wait!
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:40 PM   #10
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Congrats! You'll be looking to do your second in no time!


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