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Just started brewing .. this is my first batch ( photo )

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by jncastillo87, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. jncastillo87

    jncastillo87 Aficionado (240) Texas Jan 27, 2013

    Hey yall just started brewing about a month ago and I have my first product. I went with EZ mix pale ale I picked from DeFalcos brew supply in Houston. The beer turned out perfect, i cant believe how great it is .. Im really want to start learning more about creating my own personal recipe and other brewing tips/skills. Hope to learn a lot from the site !



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  2. VikeMan

    VikeMan Champion (930) Pennsylvania Jul 12, 2009 Verified

    Congrats on your first batch. If you haven't already, I recommend reading this...
    And keep reading this forum.
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  3. You lucky SOB! My first batch sucked. Thanks a lot Alton Brown! Welcome to the passion. And yes, read, the link above. Then buy it in print.
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  4. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior Champion (810) Texas May 21, 2010

    That's a DAMN fine looking beer Hoss!

    I think you should send me a few bottles tho so I can fully evaluate it for you. :rolleyes:

    Agreed, read "how to brew" and participate in the forum. No question is too stupid, although some of the stoopidest ones have already been asked before. Possibly by me. o_O

    Random musings are also sometimes sources of good feedback. Again, possibly already done by me. :cool:
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  5. scurvy311

    scurvy311 Savant (465) Louisiana Dec 3, 2005

    Ha! Me too. I normally like ABs stuff, but rewatching that episode now...he was way underwater with Homebrewing. I do credit him with getting me started, even if we did have to unlearn. Amber waves my friend.
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  6. jncastillo87

    jncastillo87 Aficionado (240) Texas Jan 27, 2013

    Hey man thanks for all the great comments I was more than pleased with the results ... As a matter of fact a great friend of mine came over and helped me finish the last 8 flip tops. I cant wait to read all of the articles mentioned and learn more im sure I have a lot to learn.... Does anyone ever get together around certain places and share all the home brews ??? here is my buddy helping me drink today ....

  7. There are homebrew clubs in Houston.
  8. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Advocate (515) Texas Apr 13, 2010

    I believe they do at DeFalco's.
  9. MLucky

    MLucky Savant (400) California Jul 31, 2010

    Ha! I saw that episode of 'Good Eats' for the first time just the other day, and I'm pretty sure that anybody who followed Alton's directions would wind up with a bleachy tasting, tanin infused, fusel bomb.
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  10. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Champion (805) California Sep 4, 2010 Verified

    Great looking beer! All of a sudden you'll wake up 3 years later with 30+ batches under your belt and wayyy too many hours invested into this site. Cheers!
  11. That's great, thanks for sharing. My first batch is conditioning now. Great to see a first batch turn out well. There is hope!
  12. Excellent! Nothing makes time go more slowly than waiting for that first batch to be ready. Great to hear it came out awesome!
  13. MrOH

    MrOH Advocate (525) Maryland Jul 5, 2010

    More like 70+ batches, 5 full fermenters, ~80# of various grain and 8# of hops in the freezer, plus several strains of yeast in jars, vials, smack packs, or pouches waiting to be used. Oh, and you might be moving in a few months, so better get to brewing and drinking!
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  14. I need some better looking drinkin' buddies..

    "Give a man a brew..waste an hour....teach a man to brew..waste a lifetime
    DAllspaw, JrGtr and rocdoc1 like this.
  15. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior Champion (810) Texas May 21, 2010

    I hear ya. I have the problem that I both brew and fish. It's really hard to get anything done around here. :rolleyes:
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  16. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Champion (805) California Sep 4, 2010 Verified

    The solution is to drink more.
  17. utahbeerdude

    utahbeerdude Advocate (500) Utah May 2, 2006

    I have that episode permanently parked on my DVR (until the DVR dies). It cracks me up every time I watch it. Gotta love his enthusiasm even if much most of his procedure is suspect.
  18. jncastillo87

    jncastillo87 Aficionado (240) Texas Jan 27, 2013

    Sounds like I started out pretty good ! I honestly cant believe the beer turned out that well. I need to look out for the homebrew clubs that are in Houston and check them out .. this stuff is fun.
  19. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior Champion (810) Texas May 21, 2010

    you're hooked now. Just don't try to blame us :rolleyes:
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  20. jncastillo87

    jncastillo87 Aficionado (240) Texas Jan 27, 2013

    One more thing to add guys .. how do these hydrometer readings look ? I figure the ABV to be around 5.25 if you move the foam out of the way ..


  21. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior Champion (810) Texas May 21, 2010

    Looks like about 1.050 and 1.010 or so. Perfectly fine numbers. You can probably use the tube that your gravity meter came in as a measuring device. You can also let it sit for a bit to let the bubbles settle, making it easier to read. The ABV can be calculated from the two readings. I don't have the formula handy tho.
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  22. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Savant (450) New Mexico Jan 13, 2006

    Congratulations, that is a fine looking beer and I bet it tastes excellent too. I foresee a lifelong addiction to brewing in your future, I hope you're ready for it. But there is no better hobby, no better group of people you'll ever meet than homebrewers.
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  23. Congratulations. This will consume your entire mind. It has mine ;)
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  24. and in 6 months, you'll look back at that brew and think "man, i've come a long way!"
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  25. jncastillo87

    jncastillo87 Aficionado (240) Texas Jan 27, 2013

    Thanks for the tips guys .. batch # 2 is happening on saturday.

    Then the waiting period starts :(
  26. DAllspaw

    DAllspaw Savant (290) Indiana Nov 7, 2009

    The formular that I use (from my first kit's instructions)

    OG - FG X 131.25 = ABV
    1.050 - 1.010 = .040 X 131.25 = 5.25%

    And for the love of all things beer, please be patient. It will reward you with better tasting beer.
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  27. ipas-for-life

    ipas-for-life Savant (460) Virginia Feb 28, 2012 Verified

    The waiting period gets a lot easier once you have ten cases of homebrew in your closet and have to drink a case in a week to free up more bottles for your next batch. Thats when you invite your friends over for a tasting:)
  28. This is why I am making my second batch only 2 weeks after the first.
  29. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Champion (805) California Sep 4, 2010 Verified

  30. jncastillo87

    jncastillo87 Aficionado (240) Texas Jan 27, 2013

    Batch two of pale ale is in the bucket and bubbling .. This time we had to steep the grains so I am curious to see what the taste difference will be. Also have a higher starting hydrometer readings so I am assuming a slightly stronger beer. Also made a batch of meade from of friends local honey she extracted herself from a personal bee collection. We decided to make a honey blueberry mixture and will carbonate it as well.. This is a great hobby. Anyone here ever made meade ?




  31. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior Champion (810) Texas May 21, 2010

    Carbonated mead... sounds interesting! I had some homemade (berry of some sort) mead recently. I was skeptical because appearance wasn't that great, but the meade was the tasty-er-est I've had, and it was 2 years old! ABV was pretty high, I'm guessing 12%.
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  32. jncastillo87

    jncastillo87 Aficionado (240) Texas Jan 27, 2013

    Glad to hear it turned out ... the color on this one is really dark and I was thinking the same as you. We shall see what happens with this one...
  33. Speedster00

    Speedster00 Initiate (15) Feb 4, 2013

    hmmmm..you brewing with a guy named Steven?

    And as far as clubs...Im in the "KGB" Kuykendahl Gran Brewers. Look em up. Good group of guys with monthly meets.
  34. jncastillo87

    jncastillo87 Aficionado (240) Texas Jan 27, 2013

    Not sure about this Steven you speak of ... Ill look up the Grab Brewers!
  35. jlordi12

    jlordi12 Advocate (560) Massachusetts Jun 8, 2011 Verified

    Is that what the kids are calling it these days?
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  36. jpeck13

    jpeck13 Aficionado (150) California Apr 28, 2011

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  37. jncastillo87

    jncastillo87 Aficionado (240) Texas Jan 27, 2013

    excellent ideas .. i have the extreme brewing book from the dogfish head beer guy .. im trying to learn thru that right now about the different ways and techniques.