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

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

  1. jncastillo87

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    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

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    Congrats on your first batch. If you haven't already, I recommend reading this...
    www.howtobrew.com
    And keep reading this forum.
     
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    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

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    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

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    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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    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 ....

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  7. reverseapachemaster

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    There are homebrew clubs in Houston.
     
  8. FUNKPhD

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    I believe they do at DeFalco's.
     
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    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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    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!
     
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    That's great, thanks for sharing. My first batch is conditioning now. Great to see a first batch turn out well. There is hope!
     
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    Excellent! Nothing makes time go more slowly than waiting for that first batch to be ready. Great to hear it came out awesome!
     
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    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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    I need some better looking drinkin' buddies..

    "Give a man a brew..waste an hour....teach a man to brew..waste a lifetime
     
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    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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    The solution is to drink more.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    you're hooked now. Just don't try to blame us :rolleyes:
     
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  20. jncastillo87

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    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 ..

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    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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    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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    Congratulations. This will consume your entire mind. It has mine ;)
     
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    and in 6 months, you'll look back at that brew and think "man, i've come a long way!"
     
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    Thanks for the tips guys .. batch # 2 is happening on saturday.

    Then the waiting period starts :(
     
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    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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    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:)
     
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    This is why I am making my second batch only 2 weeks after the first.
     
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    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 ?

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    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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    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...
     
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    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.
     
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    Not sure about this Steven you speak of ... Ill look up the Grab Brewers!
     
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    Is that what the kids are calling it these days?
     
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    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.
     
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