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Old 08-29-2008, 02:06 AM   #1
alex_wilkosz
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Well hello all, I decided to join the brewing world and have found this site now. I must clue all my future mentors into my trials and tribulations so far:

It starts in January, I got a beginners kit from Northern Brewer, and a few other things. February 14 was my first brew, a Belgian White Ale. It ended up a bit darker than i had planned, but was quite good, ended up with an alcohol content of about 12%.

Since then I have not brewed again, sadly, summer was terrible working full time to save money for graduate school.

But alas! I have now purchased another carboy to have 2, and I have ordered 2 more kits. An English Brown Ale and an American Ale and will likely brew both in the next few weeks to get my carboys filled up and bubbling!

I look forward to my teacher's (you all) advise and leadership!

 
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Old 08-29-2008, 03:28 AM   #2
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You must be a natural! It's really hard to brew a good beer with that high an ABV beer. I have brewed over 30 batches and only tried it a couple batches ago. Congrats man!!!!

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Old 08-29-2008, 03:57 AM   #3
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Holy F$@!, 12%?! What was the recipe like? You must've had some serious yeast there.
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Old 08-29-2008, 04:08 AM   #4
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ill be honest, i do not remember the exact yeast, but it was a different one than the recipe called for

 
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Old 08-29-2008, 04:12 AM   #5
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Welcome to the obsession. Don't worry, you'll still brew in grad school, I've done over 50 batches while working on my PhD.
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Old 08-29-2008, 04:09 PM   #6
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bump bump bump

 
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Old 09-02-2008, 01:03 AM   #7
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you did do a glorious job hitting 12% on your first brew... i think i will have to share teh captins daughter recepie with you.... nothing like trying for 22% and i know you like it

 
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Old 09-02-2008, 01:08 AM   #8
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Congrats on the beer!!!! What are you studying at U of I? I've got quite a few friends in the college of music over there.
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Old 09-02-2008, 01:15 AM   #9
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Architecture dude

 
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