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Old 07-23-2013, 09:22 AM   #21
Mar 2012
Pyeongtaek, South Korea
Posts: 61
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Congrats on your first brew! Everyone else has already said it, but I'll throw my recommendations in as well:

Buy another fermenter. I have 3 buckets and typically have 1 recipe in the mail or on the counter, 1 batch in primary or secondary, 2 batches in kegs, and at least 1 in my 16oz flip-tops.

Buy commercial stuff. Seeing something new in the local full-size cooler will give you ideas of what to brew for yourself. It'll also help you judge your own. Just because you brew your own doesn't mean you never drink someone else's ever again; it just means you can better appreciate what they've done. Local microbrews/brewpubs are also a good place to "do research".

Relax and enjoy it. Don't sweat the special language or the expensive equipment. If you enjoy it but it violates every conceivable "rule" of brewing, who cares? Anything you brew will be better than any BMC fizzy-yellow-water, so just "RDWHAHB"!

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Old 07-24-2013, 12:20 AM   #22
Jun 2013
East Valley, Arizona
Posts: 53
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Fish On!
You're hooked now and it only gets better. Now you know what to spend all your extra $$ on..
Haboob Pale Ale
Monsoon IPA

Kegged/on tap:

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Old 07-24-2013, 04:52 AM   #23
May 2012
Calgary, Alberta
Posts: 27

Congrats and enjoy the fruits of your labor! Just don't get cocky and blow your second brew like I did

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Old 07-24-2013, 05:00 PM   #24
Jan 2008
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That is great! congratulations. My first beer tasted like cat piss

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Old 07-24-2013, 05:07 PM   #25
Apr 2012
Kittery, Maine
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Congrats and welcome to the addiction.
Subscribe to our youtube channel where we review your beer, dicuss brewing tips, and share your recipe. Cheers

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Old 07-24-2013, 07:44 PM   #26
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Jan 2012
Bayport, NY
Posts: 39
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Originally Posted by Jobe5217 View Post
Thanks, it was a tough wait! I am thinking of brewing the Dead Ringer IPA from NB next but I have yet to order it. I had planned on doing another as soon as my primary was available but you know how that goes.
If you are looking for a good extract IPA kit from NB, I know someone that just did cascade mountains, it came out amazing, probably one of the best extract beers i've ever tasted. He made one modification though, he substituted out 2oz of cascade for 2oz of simcoe in the dry hopping bill.

I would highly recommended to try this one out.

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Old 07-24-2013, 09:29 PM   #27
Dec 2012
Acworth, Georgia
Posts: 228
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Welcome to the "hobby". My first beer was completely forgettable, but what do I expect from a ready-made beer kit in a box? Another +1 to another fermenter.

I just got my third 5 gallon carboy to go with my three 6 gallon and my five three gallon, I have a keg that doesn't hold pressure that I use for lagering, and two buckets.

What? I do a lot of sours and wood-aged beers. I usually have a cider going too.

Get the pipeline going as soon as you have enough bottles to have two batches in there at once. It will also stop you from trying to hurry your next batch along, and free you to experiment with aging beers. And you will probably never actually stop buying beer.
Primary: Too many sours to mention.
Aging: Mead, Flanders Red, Belgian Dark.
Serving: Too many to mention. Dry Cider, East Coast IPA and Old Ale are my current standards.
BJCP ID: F0785, Certified Judge

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Old 08-05-2013, 02:03 PM   #28
Mar 2012
Bergenfield, New Jersey
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I also brewed Caribou Slobber for my first beer. That's a really tasty kit!

As if you haven't heard it enough, pick up another primary fermenter. Once you get bit by the home brew bug, you really feel it when supplies are dwindling. I'm at four right now, but just dedicated one primary and one secondary to souring, so I need to pick up a couple more myself.

Cheers to the brew!!
The Alementary Home Brewery

Planning: RIS
Primary: dark saison holiday beer
Secondary/aging: Fruited lambic, two test American sours
On tap: Dortmunder Export, Cider
Recently Kicked: English mild

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Old 08-05-2013, 02:14 PM   #29
Jul 2013
Harrisonville, MO
Posts: 8

Congrats, brother! Just finished my first over the weekend.

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Old 08-05-2013, 02:16 PM   #30
Jan 2013
York, Pennsylvania
Posts: 409
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"First Batch" threads are my favorite to read. Glad to hear it turned out well, and welcome!
I probably drove the friend who got me into brewing insane with all my questions when I started up. This is definitely a great place to turn! Also, check this video out for a good chuckle:
Planning: Heady Topper Clone,
Primary: Nutella Stout
Secondary 1:
Secondary 2:

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