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BrewN00b

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Howdy all. So, my name is quite appropriate, as I have my first beer in the fermenter right now. I put it in last Saturday, diligently followed all rules of sanitation, pitched my yeast after rehydrating it, and it started bubbling within a few short hours. Well, today I took a FG sample and it ended up being EXACTLY where it should be! Of course, ever silver lining must have a gray cloud as my beer had a metallic taste to it. Now I understand why you don't use an enameled pot even if it has the smallest chip in it. :(

Oh well, I'm hoping some conditioning will square that away. Anyways, n00bitis kicked in, and I wanted to make sure the yeasty-beasties were kept busy and eating up any remaining sugars so I gave them a little swirl knowing they would have at least a few more days to clear up before I rack into a secondary. I probably should have left it alone, I know.

Now, the meat of the story. I am fighting temptation to gaze upon my first creation, play with it, celebrate it. I know it's not perfect, and if the metallic taste doesn't clear up it may not even be any good, but damn it, it's mine! I created it, and I am proud of that! I am staying strong, so I wrapped it tight in its loving cocoon of insulating blankets and will leave it alone. Thank God I still have some military discipline left in me!

So, I am the proud daddy of my first batch, a Brewers Best Pale Ale kit. Its OG was 1.044, FG being 1.010. Its brown, and beautiful, if hot still a little hazy. I loving call it Fail Pale Ale. Kinda catchy, don't ya think?

Well, its a great hobby, and I foresee me spending a lot more money on it. Next purchase, a used refrigerator for temp controlled fermentation and/or conditioning, a couple corny kegs, and some fat stainless steel for all my brewing pleasure to replace the aluminum one I just purchased and oxidized today.

That was way too long.
 

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Umm, congrats, I guess. Sucks that you got that metallic taste, but at least you already know what caused it and hopefully have a plan to prevent that from happening again.

I hope your brew turns out great! :mug:
 
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I know there is a fining that is the opposite charge of iron oxide but I can't remember which.

Anyway, that taste should mellow over time. Seriously though, some people find a young beers yeast bite to taste metallically. Could just be that.

Gratz on the brew. So.. you buying a new pot?
 
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Llazy llama, I fixed the problem by buying a new Aluminum stock pot and than promptly oxidized it. I will do so again before I brew my next batch just to be safe.

I hope the slight metallic taste fades with bottle conditioning.

Damn this is an expensive hobby, I just dropped another $30 on getting buying a starter kit from Midwest supplies, as well as $70 on various doodads and ingredients from highgravity, and $30 on a stock pot from Target! If Austin home brew had the economy SS stock pots in stock I would have bought that instead.

Damn, throw some good beer in me, get me riled on an awesome new hobby and I can't seem to shut up!
 

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That taste should subside with some aging (If any beer lasts that long).

In the meantime, learn, and refine your process. Fifteen years ago, I screwed up my first batch so bad, I shoulda quit. I didn't, and I've made some rather good beers.

You will too

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That taste should subside with some aging (If any beer lasts that long).

In the meantime, learn, and refine your process. Fifteen years ago, I screwed up my first batch so bad, I shoulda quit. I didn't, and I've made some rather good beers.

You will too

Joe
Ever screwup I make I will learn from. I am enjoying the research as much as the creation, so I am reading everything I can. I finished Charlie Papazian's book, and will be downloading and reading John Palmer next. Thankfully, I also have you fine folks, and that is awesome. I just wish I had tackled college with as much enthusiasm, and passion I have with home brewing. I know I have a long way to go, but I WILL get there. I just may need a little help along the way. :mug:
 
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Llazy llama, I fixed the problem by buying a new Aluminum stock pot and than promptly oxidized it. I will do so again before I brew my next batch just to be safe.

I hope the slight metallic taste fades with bottle conditioning.

Damn this is an expensive hobby, I just dropped another $30 on getting buying a starter kit from Midwest supplies, as well as $70 on various doodads and ingredients from highgravity, and $30 on a stock pot from Target! If Austin home brew had the economy SS stock pots in stock I would have bought that instead.

Damn, throw some good beer in me, get me riled on an awesome new hobby and I can't seem to shut up!
Heh, I just spent $350 on a pump, fittings, QD's and tubing.
 

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When you make your next beer and it comes out right you will be happy you stuck with the hobby. I screwed up my first beer (it tasted like sour rhino butt and it was due to improper sanitation) and I was kind of disappointed, but then I made a second beer and it came out great. Reading these forums also helps a lot, because you get to see how people screw up and then make sure not to make the same mistake.
 
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