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TAGfan

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Just getting started here in NJ. Picked up a partial mash kit from local shop and all equipment needed. Went with an oatmeal stout first - and that one was so much fun that after it started fermenting I went out and got another bucket and a red ale kit as well.

Things went much smoother the second time around, but both are bubbling away at the moment. Can't wait to try em out in a few weeks.

I'm guessing the stout will take longer to condition in the bottle than the ale will, given the higher gravity and darker flavors, but I guess I'll find out :mug:
 

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Just getting started with PM is pretty good! Welcome to what you must already know is an addicition! I went from kit-n-kilo to partial boil,partial mash brew in a bag. Def like making my own flavor complexities.
 

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Welcome! And every time you do a kit it seems to be easier, more things you dont even think about. The only thing you cant get complacent about is sanitation. I know the first time around I was checking, oh what do i do next, do i do this, that, wondering if i skipped a step etc. But now its just ok time for mash, time for extract, time for yeast and away it goes.
 
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Bottled the stout on Saturday with an FG of around .019

Took a sample and was surprised how mild it was, compared to a milk stout I was drinking at the time. I suppose the flavors will change over time in the bottle, but there wasn't much hoppiness at all
 
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