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    1. 12-11-2009 01:35 AM #246
      New Brewer here! First batch (IPA) is in the primary fermenter and is showing promising signs of life!

      Not even nearly close to finishing the batch, but I'm hooked on brewing already. Hopefully this guy turns out.

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      12-11-2009 10:43 AM #247
      Quote, originally posted by teqniq »
      New Brewer here! First batch (IPA) is in the primary fermenter and is showing promising signs of life!

      Not even nearly close to finishing the batch, but I'm hooked on brewing already. Hopefully this guy turns out.

      My first three batches were pretty touch-and-go haha. It is exciting though to see that guy ferment! Hope your first turns out well


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      12-11-2009 10:46 AM #248
      finally bottling my IPA tonight. I probably should have done it tuesday but, I am trying to get some lab work done before finals.
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      12-11-2009 11:02 AM #249
      Quote, originally posted by patrikman »
      finally bottling my IPA tonight. I probably should have done it tuesday but, I am trying to get some lab work done before finals.

      I got my tweaked bell's two-hearted recipe in the keg and have been monitoring the conditioning with likee 1oz-2oz samples....Safeale-05 seems to have left a fair amount of yeast sediment in this batch. Hopefully it wil settle out over the next week here


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      12-11-2009 11:09 AM #250
      a two heart clone? yummy
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      12-11-2009 11:20 AM #251
      Quote, originally posted by patrikman »
      a two heart clone? yummy

      Trying to target that beer, yes. However I did some tweaks to the grain bills for a richer color so it'll probably end up nothing like two hearted haha


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      12-12-2009 12:47 PM #252
      Quote, originally posted by magics5rip »

      Trying to target that beer, yes. However I did some tweaks to the grain bills for a richer color so it'll probably end up nothing like two hearted haha

      the deal with 2 hearted is the hops. It's all centennial or columbus or something.

      Did you secondary it? It was my first beer too and I had a pretty healthy dry hop addition that I had to add so I transferred to secondary and added the hops, waited about 10 days and bottled.

      It came out pretty clean, but I used WLP english ale yeast.

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      12-12-2009 01:03 PM #253
      Its a mix of Centennial and Cascade from what I have read on homebrewtalk.com. Initial 2 addition were Cenennial and my remaining were Cascade plus about 1.5oz of dry hop with a mix of those same two hops.

      Yeah, I use a secondary. I usually leave the brew in the primary for a week then rack off to the carboy for a week and dry hop. Then rack off to the keg with a piece of cheese cloth to catch the big pieces of hop sediment.

      I figure (hoping really) the first few beers will be cloudy till the sediment that has fallen out during the past few weeks of keg conditioning. This is the first beer that has been cloudy after coming out of the secondary and I've done similar brew in the past.

      Wait and see I suppose. I prefer the WLP yeast, but by yeast washing experiment didn't go as planned and the Safeale-05 was my backup. I would have liked to use my trusty California Ale yeast.


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      12-12-2009 03:40 PM #254
      maybe a little Irish moss would help with the cloudiness.......
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      12-12-2009 03:58 PM #255
      Irish moss was added at the end of the boil too. I'm sure what happened this time

      Only thing I can think of is that the chilling was too slow from boil down to fermentation temps.


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      12-15-2009 11:22 AM #256
      I need to try to keep up with this as my first brew, a porter, only has 15 bottles left. vs I suppose.

      Hefe is getting bottled this weekend. Wife agrees with me that it's on par with the Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen that she's likes so much.

      Given that the temperatures in the basement have dropped below 64 recently I'm putting together a Kolsch this weekend.

      Can't wait for that.


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      12-15-2009 12:18 PM #257
      Are you doing a whirlpool or how are you moving your wort from kettle to carboy? I know this is not the most economical way of doing things but I make my grain/hop bill for 6 gallon batches planning on leaving about a gallon of wort in the kettle which should be plenty to not disturb and suck up any of the cold break. Along with whirlfloc tablets to help clear it out faster while chilling. I suppose if I was making a Pilsner or something that just HAD to be clear you could also use some gelatin finings after fermentation to drop even more sediment out.

      To me though the cloudiness is not a big deal unless I was making it for a special occasion. As long as the taste is right Im alright


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      01-28-2010 08:30 AM #258
      My wife just loves the Hefeweizen that I brewed. So glad, as she's very picky about that style of beer.

      The Kolsch is fermenting away at a nice 60F.

      Putting together a Rogue Dead Guy Ale clone this weekend.


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      02-05-2010 05:07 PM #259
      Anyone have any good quick recipes for St. Paddy's Day? Its less than 6 weeks away and I want to throw something together for a party we're having. I recently picked up a corney, so I'll be kegging it and naturally carbing it because I don't have the $ for a tank and regulator right now.

      I'm thinking possibly EdWort's Haus Pale Ale from homebrewtalk.com. Anyone try this or something similar?


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      02-08-2010 09:39 AM #260
      Quote, originally posted by thebigt85 »
      I'm thinking possibly EdWort's Haus Pale Ale from homebrewtalk.com. Anyone try this or something similar?

      The word over there is that stuff is good and ferments out very quickly and is also quick to drink. That is probably a good beer to do.

      I may try the extract version of this in the summer.


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      02-27-2010 11:40 AM #261
      So, I finally took the plunge! I dropped 240 bux last night at my local brew shop. The owner was very helpful and even gave me his cell number in case I run into problems. I will be reading over the first couple chapters of the John Palmer book again tonight plus some other documentation just to make sure its fresh in my head for tomorrow when I start.

      I may have some questions for you guys if you up for it. One that I can think of right now is, these hop pellets. You just throw them in and they dissolve right? No need to bag them or remove them?

      I'm a little confused on the boiling process so I have to go over that and understand what each ingredient is and when its added. I bought a American Pale Ale kit and a Imperial Pale Ale kit to get me going. I'll post more later about what is in each kit.


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      03-01-2010 10:09 AM #262
      Hey Guys, I also decided to take the plunge this weekend and bought an intro kit for homebrewing at my local homebrew shop. Had the same story, talked to the owner for awhile while she walked me though everything I would need and everything I needed to know. Read through the literature that was provided, and the first few chapters of the book I got.

      Started cooking Saturday night. Picked up one of their kits for an Irish Red. It's in the primary fermenter, bubbling away. I Can't wait!

      Quote, originally posted by 5_Cent »
      I may have some questions for you guys if you up for it. One that I can think of right now is, these hop pellets. You just throw them in and they dissolve right? No need to bag them or remove them?

      ^^ When it came to this step I wasn't sure either, the book nor my instructions said anything about it, so I just threw them in.

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      03-01-2010 10:31 AM #263
      ^ Welcome to the both of you. I started this thread because it is in a fairly fast moving area and I knew I could get quick answers from other brewers.

      Quote, originally posted by SurferbobGolf »


      ^^ When it came to this step I wasn't sure either, the book nor my instructions said anything about it, so I just threw them in.

      The hop pellets just get tossed into the boil and they will dissolve on their own. I sometimes will give them a quick stir. The hop bags are really mostly for whole leaf hops.


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      03-01-2010 10:32 AM #264
      Does anybody know of a good extract kit for a bock style brew? I am going to be moving in the spring and I don't have the time/money/space to switch to all grain brewing yet and I want to do one more extract kit.

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      03-01-2010 01:14 PM #265
      There's no issue using hop bags with pellets. I use them almost exclusively simply because clean up is much easier. Those one gallon nylon paint strainer bags work perfectly...and are cheap.

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      03-01-2010 03:08 PM #266
      cool, thanks patrikman. Actually had to go back down to the shop and get a pot, so more like 280 bux down haha. I have not brewed yet, I have been balking cuz I am worried I will screw it up but I think I will do it tonight or tomorrow. I'll post some pics and info as I go.

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      03-01-2010 04:09 PM #267
      $280? Holy Cow! Did you buy a couple glass carboys right away?

      I started out spending less than half of that and added a few pieces here and there. As far as starting out you just have to do it. Be clean, be orderly, read thoroughly beofre brewing. Read The Brewmaster's Bible and some other books.

      Also, if you know anybody that already brews, have them come over and help you get started. The advice they can give for techniques and tips will be invaluable in your journey. Good luck and happy brewing.


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      03-01-2010 04:26 PM #268
      40 for the brew pot
      35 for Pale Ale kit
      55 for IPA kit
      130 for the Ale Pale Deluxe Brewers Kit
      Plus tax except on the beer kits themselves

      I realize I could have gotten it cheaper online sans shipping but I thought I would be doing a good thing by supporting my local shop. Oh well it is what it is. Important thing is I take my time and do this right. I want to be WANT to drink my beer if that makes sense.


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      03-01-2010 11:19 PM #269
      I too prefer to support my local brew shop.

      I didn't realize you added in the cost of some extract kits.

      Take your time and do your homework. I hear about people having a bad batch and I always think how much it would suck to waste all of the time and money to lose it because of an amateur mistake. Take pride in what you are doing. Your reward will come the day you pour that first glass.


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      03-02-2010 09:26 AM #270
      Good, I was hoping you didn't spend $280 on a brew pot. I saw them for that price at my local shop, but I just used one of my many gift cards to Bed Bath and Beyond (I hate that place), to get mine.
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      03-04-2010 09:15 AM #271
      Quote, originally posted by SurferbobGolf »
      Picked up one of their kits for an Irish Red. It's in the primary fermenter, bubbling away. I Can't wait!

      I did an Irish Red in the fall, it turned out fantastic. So here's a hoping yours does too.

      This is a fun hobby.


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      03-04-2010 09:16 AM #272
      Quote, originally posted by patrikman »
      Take your time and do your homework. I hear about people having a bad batch and I always think how much it would suck to waste all of the time and money to lose it because of an amateur mistake. Take pride in what you are doing. Your reward will come the day you pour that first glass.

      This is the best advice, simple but true.


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      03-04-2010 09:17 AM #273
      Quote, originally posted by SurferbobGolf »
      Good, I was hoping you didn't spend $280 on a brew pot. I saw them for that price at my local shop, but I just used one of my many gift cards to Bed Bath and Beyond (I hate that place), to get mine.

      I'm still using the aluminum turkey fryer pot that came with my turkey fryer set.

      Works well.


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      03-04-2010 09:20 AM #274
      Quote, originally posted by FlashRedGLS1.8T »
      The Kolsch is fermenting away at a nice 60F.

      Bottled the Kolsch on Sunday evening. Put about 10 ounces in a glass to drink while I was doing the bottling and I can say I'm very happy with it thus far. Pale with a light body and very easy to drink. This beer will be great in the hot weather coming this summer.


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      03-06-2010 11:22 PM #275
      I broke down and went to the hoimebrew store today. My buddy has been goading me into starting an all grain batch but, I am moving soon and I don't have the time and money for extra equipment right now. What I did have however was $50.00 in leftover xmas gift certs.

      I have one more week of classes before spring break. Next saturday I will be brewing this:
      http://www.brewersbestkits.com...e.pdf


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      03-09-2010 08:23 AM #276
      Have you used any of the Brewer's Best kits before this?

      I've mostly been getting the kits from Austin Homebrew, Northern Brewer or my local homebrew store.


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      03-09-2010 10:18 AM #277
      Bottled the Irish Red over the weekend. I was scared to use the capper but everything turned out fine. Also had a taste, which was surprisingly good.

      Should be ready in a couple of weeks!

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      03-09-2010 10:30 AM #278
      Quote, originally posted by FlashRedGLS1.8T »
      Have you used any of the Brewer's Best kits before this?

      I've mostly been getting the kits from Austin Homebrew, Northern Brewer or my local homebrew store.

      I really really like them, it is all I have brewed so far. They just did an overhaul of their kits and now they come with a paper that has the recipe, instructions, palces to store your measurements and calculations, etc. I think they are great kits.

      So far I have brewed : Irish Stout, German Oktoberfest, Imperial Pale Ale, Imperial Nut Brown, and I just picked up the Imperial Blonde Ale. I wanted to try the Maibock (my favorite beer the last few years) kit but, he didn't have one on the shelf. I may still call him today and have him get one if they are available.


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      03-09-2010 01:41 PM #279
      Quote, originally posted by SurferbobGolf »
      Bottled the Irish Red over the weekend. I was scared to use the capper but everything turned out fine. Also had a taste, which was surprisingly good.

      Should be ready in a couple of weeks!

      Wait until it carbs up nicely and bottle conditions a bit.


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      03-09-2010 01:42 PM #280
      Quote, originally posted by patrikman »

      I really really like them, it is all I have brewed so far. They just did an overhaul of their kits and now they come with a paper that has the recipe, instructions, palces to store your measurements and calculations, etc. I think they are great kits.

      Sounds good. I want a beer now and it's 12:42....darn it.


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