Popped my first brew today.

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Woodland

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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.

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Congrats!!!!!

I really like the Brewers Best Red Ale...one of my favorite ones....and my buddies'

Do yourself a favor and put a bunch in the fridge for a week....and the chill haze will settle out and when you pour one a week later.....as long as you are careful in your pour...it will be a nice clear red color.

Not that there is anything wrong with the haze....
 

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Looks delicious! I wouldn't worry too much about clarity. I consider it a sales gimmick anymore... ;)
 

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My first brew was a Brewers Best red ale as well. I made quite a few noob mistakes but the beer came out pretty good. As others have said, time will clear it up nicely. The hoppiness will fade with time too.
 

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Many of the places we go fishing (peers on Lake Erie mostly) don't allow alcohol. But,I've found that red ale is great with bbq'd ribs. Give it a little more time,& it'll settle out more.:mug:
 

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unionrdr said:
Many of the places we go fishing (peers on Lake Erie mostly) don't allow alcohol. But,I've found that red ale is great with bbq'd ribs. Give it a little more time,& it'll settle out more.:mug:
Wow... there's a lot you can't do here in california, but im pretty sure you can drink everywhere but in a school and maybe inside the grocery store. Nice job on there brew! +1 to leaving some in the fridge will clear it
 

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Well,like we've said here for years,if you don't like the weather,wait 5 minutes! Not to mention,all the smoking & drinking bans/laws...:drunk::mad:
 
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For the record I'll be fly fishing in Colorado within 1 hour of the New Belgium Brewery, shouldn't be any shortage of quality draft products around. I just hope my house sitter doesn't drink all my beer.
 

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Yeah, that looks good.. and like someone else said.. screw clarity. If it tastes kick-ass, then who cares? :)

Enjoy the batch, and enjoy brewing more of them!
 
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