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Old 06-27-2013, 03:41 PM   #1
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Started out about 2 years ago with a Mr. Beer kit for Christmas and wanted to go bigger ever since. Didn't really have the space to go bigger until I recently bought my new house. Now I have plenty of space and I plan to brew 5 gal full volume extract batches for a while to hone my skills. I have a progression plan to get to all grain eventually but no rush. I've been reading these forums since the beginning and just wanted to thank everyone here for great advice and a wealth of knowledge.

Oh yeah first batch was NB Caribou Slobber. Hydro samples tasted really good can't wait until it's carbed and chilled.
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:43 PM   #2
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And this is where it all starts. A piece from here,a piece from there...it just sorta happens,ya know?!
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:39 PM   #3
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congrats! pics when its done..
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:56 PM   #4
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Congratulations! HBT rules!! Just got my 3rd five gallon batch in the fermenter on Saturday after a five month long hiatus. Did my first yeast starter and used my DIY wort chiller for the first time. Let us know how the beer turns out. I've been looking at that same kit.
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:41 AM   #5
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Tanks I will certainly post pics when it's finished. I will add though for anyone who is thinking of brewing you may want to add a blow off tube from the start. The Danstar Notingham yeast was pretty wicked. This was the airlock about 11 hours after pitching.
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:17 AM   #6
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Tanks I will certainly post pics when it's finished. I will add though for anyone who is thinking of brewing you may want to add a blow off tube from the start. The Danstar Notingham yeast was pretty wicked. This was the airlock about 11 hours after pitching.
Blow off tube is a must during initial fermentation. I learned the hard way. Look forward to see your finished product
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:42 AM   #7
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Nice! I started out the same way and just finished my 4th gallon batch after making 3 batches of Mr. Beer. All in less than a year! It's addicting

 
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:49 PM   #8
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Cleared up quite nicely after a little less than a month. The taste is quite nice as well. This is by far the best beer I've brewed so far. I think I have some real winners on their way right behind this one.
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Cleared up quite nicely after a little less than a month. The taste is quite nice as well. This is by far the best beer I've brewed so far. I think I have some real winners on their way right behind this one.
Congrats man. Looks real nice.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:55 PM   #10
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Congratulations! Looks very tasty. I might have to give that kit a try. Used a blowoff tube for the first time on the Honey Weizen that's almost ready to bottle and glad I did. I used a starter with Wyeast 3068 and within 3 hours the blowoff tube was bubbling. I found that my bottling hose fit perfectly in the grommet for the airlock. It's a little narrower than ideal but it did the job. Cheers!
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