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Old 01-02-2008, 11:27 PM   #1
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Bottled my first _real_ batch today. My first red ale!

Here's the beer and the brewery it sprang from (otherwise known as 'newbie beer kit'):


You couldn't really see the color or clarity in the first pic, so I took another:



Sorry about the iffy quality; they're camera phone pictures.

I'm pretty pleased with the way it's turned out so far; after bottling, there was about a glass-worth at the bottom of the bucket, so I racked myself a sample. It's pretty darn tasty.
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Old 01-02-2008, 11:29 PM   #2
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Way to go man. That looks great ! It will come together during bottle conditioning. How did it taste did you hop it highly?
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Old 01-02-2008, 11:29 PM   #3
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Congratulations The color looks good. Now, get busy brewing more so you never run out of HB
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Old 01-02-2008, 11:57 PM   #4
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Excellent!
Congrats on a job well done.

 
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Old 01-03-2008, 12:19 AM   #5
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Congrats and welcome to the addiction. Start planning your next recipe and get brewin.
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Old 01-03-2008, 12:44 AM   #6
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Thanks to all.

Dr Vorlauf: It tasted quite good, actually; it's obviously not done (needs carbing time and some aging under its belt), but it reminds me of red ales I've had in the past even now. As for highly hopped, not really. This ale was a Brewer's Best extract kit with steeping grains...I posted the recipe here. One ounce of Willamette bittering hops and one ounce of Willamette for finishing. It smells _amazing_.

As for the next batch, it's coming soon. Irish Stout, again a Brewer's Best kit. I'm still debating whether I'm going to alter the recipe slightly (add home-roasted coffee) or make it straight the first time to get a 'baseline'.
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  • Better Bottle: Empty. Going to be Cheesefood's Caramel Cream Ale.
  • Carboy:empty.
  • Secondary:Brewferm Frambois
  • Piggie: Irish Stout
  • Bottled: Red Ale, Irish Stout

 
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Old 01-03-2008, 01:13 AM   #7
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If there is one thing I like about bottling day is the sampling. I always start with a sample and end with a couple of more.

 
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Old 01-03-2008, 01:56 AM   #8
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(add home-roasted coffee)
If this is your plan don't add the coffee to the boil. Check into the cold toddy method.
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Old 01-03-2008, 02:40 AM   #9
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Nice job SK! Now you just have to wait and wait and wait for it to age and carb. Of course, I'm pretty sure you are going to give it a try in a week or so.
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Old 01-03-2008, 04:06 AM   #10
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I'm gonna try to hold out. Good thing is, I just started a new job and apparently am going to be out of town for a couple of weeks this month. That'll force me to leave 'em alone at least that long.

My goal is to not open my first 'test bottle' until three weeks from today. We'll see how long that lasts. *grin*
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  • Primary: [2 mr beer lil keg things] Apfelwein. One with sucrose and molasses, the other with fructose and honey.
  • Better Bottle: Empty. Going to be Cheesefood's Caramel Cream Ale.
  • Carboy:empty.
  • Secondary:Brewferm Frambois
  • Piggie: Irish Stout
  • Bottled: Red Ale, Irish Stout

 
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