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    Holiday Honey Ale

    Hey all, new brewer looking for some feed back, For my first brew I steeped some Crystal malt grain, added 7.5 lbs of LME, boiled, added one pound of honey at end of boil. Also added hops for an IBU 0f 25. Anyway, long story short, it turned out to be a great beer with an ABV of 8.5. Popular...
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    First brewday, cross your fingers!!!

    MMMmmmm.... Beer, nice taste with a bit of honey aroma. Very slight sour/bitter ending. Will surly get better with age. Now to check on that Irish red in the fermenter....
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    First brewday, cross your fingers!!!

    Beer is bottled, will chill one bottle this weekend and taste test. One batch down, many, many more to go.....
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    Your recomendations for second batch

    OK, sorry to be vague before. How about a nice Amber, slightly bitter. Got all day to prepare it but would like to be drinking it in 4 to 6 weeks. Thanks
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    Your recomendations for second batch

    Well, first batch is doing well, and I am going to start my second batch this Sunday. My first batch is a LME, honey ale (Bare Honey Ale):mug:. "My Home Brew" store in Colorado Springs helped with recipe. What are your suggestions for my next brew? Recipes would be great. Extracts only. I...
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    Best way to remove label glue?

    I have been salvaging bottles at work (I work at a bar) and have just let them soak in Dawn and hot water for about 30min, then use a s/s scrubber. Couple of swipes and label and glue are removed.
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    First brewday, cross your fingers!!!

    OK, took gravity reading, 1.010, OG was 1.050. Tasted.....not bad!! Slight honey aroma but no honey taste, could be a little more bitter though. Will test gravity again tonight, may be bottling on Sunday, also starting new batch on Saturday.
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    First brewday, cross your fingers!!!

    After one week, smells malty... help a nOOb relax and tell me its OK.
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    First brewday, cross your fingers!!!

    I work at a bar and have collected and cleaned about 80 bottles that used to hold Fat Tire, Laughing Lab, and Sam Adams. Just need to get some caps before bottling. And thanks for the idea about the spray bottle.:mug:
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    Are you a Beer snob or connaisseur???

    True, and there is Hams, the Hot Pocket of beer.:eek:
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    Are you a Beer snob or connaisseur???

    I explained to my son last night that beer is like steak, there are so many things to add to it to add or enhance flavor, and so many ways to prepare it. But when you get down to it, it is steak, and steak is good.
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    First time brewing

    Love the "Star Wars" reference combined with "Stranger in a Strange Land" Will have to steal that. New bumper sticker " I Grok Beer" And I agree, I may be on my first brew, but the more I know about what it is doing, the better I can understand why it will turn out the way it does, and how...
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    First brewday, cross your fingers!!!

    Funny, my six year old asked me last night to pick him up to smell the airlock. Because it is the first thing I do when I get home. (After giving SWMBO a kiss of course)
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    First brewday, cross your fingers!!!

    Thanks for the input and encouragement. got a great beer alcohol scent coming from the airlock. Will start another brew next weekend. (Got a craft brew tasting event I am running this weekend at our bar)
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    First brewday, cross your fingers!!!

    Been so busy since I got my equipment. But finally had our brew day on 8/24/08. So here is how it went... Started 2.5 gal of water heating on stove in 3.5 gal pot. Steeped in 1lb roasted grains, removed just before boil. Added 7lbs light malt syrup at boil. Added 1oz bittering hop...
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    Mr Beer - Read all about it and ask questions

    My brewing partner started with Mr Beer, then gave it up for four years. Now he is using his brief experience to help with our first batch in a 5 gal carboy.
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    Brewery names--what's your story?

    -Topless Brewery- "Don't forget to take your top off!" (Top meaning bottle cap of course) Reason for name? After many beers and a game or two of pool, someone suggested, "Hey, lets play strip pool!, Only got to tops removed before girls chickened out. That same night we planned on...
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