Well it finally happened, I sampled my first bottle of my first-ever batch of home brew today, my Barn-Dog Red Ale. Not bad at all, especially for my first. I made it from the Brewers Best Red Ale kit with White Labs Irish Ale Yeast. 5-day primary, 2-week secondary and 9 days in the bottle. Carbonated just fine, slightly hoppy, nice beer. I sampled it before I bottled it and it was amazing how much carbonation changed the flavor of the beer. It came out a little hoppier than I expected, but that's just fine. Clarity could use some improvement, maybe it will clear up a bit more in a couple of weeks. I'm going to put it aside and go fishing for a week.