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Jan 12, 2009
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Last night I cracked open my third homebrew, since finding this site. My first post on HBT was about an Oatmeal Stout. I did everything wrong! Pulled out of the primary too soon, pitched the yeast too hot, etc. I found HBT a day after pitching the yeast. To be honest, this beer still sucks, 2 months after bottling. As stated on HBT, I will put it to the side, and check it now and again. If it still sucks in 6 months, I willd dump it!

I learned a lot about the process from this first batch. Several items don't come with brewing kits. I built a wort chliller out of copper refrigerator tubing ($30), I got a long thermometer, I started using paint filters to get the hops/trub out of my boiling bucket, etc.

Second beer was a Kolsch. I left it in the primary for 3 weeks, and a secondary for 2 weeks (cold floor in garage). 3 weeks in a bottle.

This beer is awsome! It was even better at 4 weeks in the bottle. I compared it to a Kolsch on Tap at a Tavern, and mine was as good or better (Thanks for the tips YooperBrew).

Third beer was a English Brown Ale. Again...I took my time. This one was in the Primary for 27 days - no secondary.

This beer, after 3 weeks in the bottle, is a beauty. Taste, color, carbonation.....I am a happy beer drinker.

Moral of the story is, if you first batch sucks, ask questions, and try again. I have learned a ton of ways to make my beer better, make the process easier (Revvy's bottling tips), and got a lot of laughs along the way.

Don't be afraid to ask questions, but try the SEARCH first! People here are quick to respond to questions.

Thanks HBT! You guys ROCK!



Ale's What Cures You!
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It's great to hear that your beer is turning out so well. That's awesome.

Well, maybe not- because making wonderful beer only feeds the brewing addiction! It makes you want to brew more, buy more refrigerators (yes, I have 5- but I did give one away and now I wish I had it back), buy more gear, start kegging, and next thing you know you'll be moderating a homebrew forum on the internet!

And it all starts with that first good batch out of extract. :rockin: