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Old 11-28-2007, 04:40 AM   #1
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Hey everyone, Im sitting in front of my very first homebrew of my very first batch.
An ale which is supposed to replicate a dutch light lager. -heineken knockoff

~~~Timeline~~~
10/16 brewed
10/21 racked to secondary (oops- a little early, noob mistake)
-wait a month -
11/19 bottled (came out with fourty-three 12oz bottles)
11/27 taste day!

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PFFFFT!, sounded good.
SIGHT is phenominal,"I made that? " It had a fat head on top that seemed to come out of thin air as i slowly poured it, like an over pumped keg. Could it already be carbonating too much? the head slowly subsides as I type.
It is not too clear but thats expected as I forgot to add the irish moss and gypsum.
SMELL is where things are a little uh-oh. smells a lot like when I cracked the fermenter on a few of my previous brews and stuck my head inside. theres a sort of stinging in the back of my throat/septum if I take a deep wiff.
MOUTH FEEL is similar to other beers, a little on the flat/small bubbles side (despite a vigorous foam head?). I guess I need to wait a couple weeks for more carb, then toss them in the fridge.
TASTE is similar to smell. Its either an astringency, its too "green", or its damn good homebrew, my pallate lacks the experience to tell. If someone with some experience would help me pinpoint the taste that would be great.

Overall it tasted like beer but i wouldnt call it a mighty good beer. Im pretty damn proud of myself and pumped that I have 3 more batches following this one.
Thanks for listening! have a good one!


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Old 11-28-2007, 04:51 AM   #2
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yes yes yes- Its like ****ing crack isnt it!

Mine was a light pale ale and I cannot stop thinking about going home and drinking it!


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Old 11-28-2007, 05:23 AM   #3
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and it's only been bottled 8 days! don't drink them all and don't put them in the fridge yet, see how it tastes in 3 weeks!
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Old 11-28-2007, 02:32 PM   #4
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and it's only been bottled 8 days! don't drink them all and don't put them in the fridge yet, see how it tastes in 3 weeks!
+1 Letting them sit is the hardest part of this hobby
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Old 11-28-2007, 02:35 PM   #5
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Don't judge it after 8 days bottled. I never cracked bottles before 10 days. It won't be fully carbonated yet, which means residual sugars are throwing off the taste...
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Old 11-28-2007, 04:02 PM   #6
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Brewing is an excercise in patience from waiting for the boil to waiting for it to carb. Congrats on the first brew success.
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Old 11-28-2007, 04:31 PM   #7
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Yep, you probably have a little sugar and a whole lot of yeast messing around with the flavors and aromas of that beer. Give it a couple more weeks. If you like it now, you'll probably love it later!

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I'm so jealous of you, I just made my wort today and now have it in the primary. Hopefully by tomorrow morning, I will see some bubbles in my airlock. About the Irish moss. How many experienced hb's on here use it for clarity? I just can't wait a month and a half to taste what i made.
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I'm so jealous of you, I just made my wort today and now have it in the primary. Hopefully by tomorrow morning, I will see some bubbles in my airlock. About the Irish moss. How many experienced hb's on here use it for clarity? I just can't wait a month and a half to taste what i made.
I can't answer on the irish moss (yet) but I have a brewers best porter in secondary right now that I augmented a bit and it tasted AWESOME when I racked it and took the hydrometer reading.
You're gonna love it.

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1. how did you augment it

2. how would it taste good from the secondary?


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