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Title: My First Homebrew!
Post by: thebigbaker on December 06, 2011, 01:15:59 AM
Just finished carbonating my first homebrew and wow!  I brewed an extract IPA and carbonated it in a keg for 5 days.  I really expected it to be ok, but I can't be happier with how it turned out!  Probably needs a little more carbonation, but man does it taste good.  I have to be honest and say that it's one of the best IPAs I've ever had.  I'm totally hooked now!  

Here's a picture:

(http://i1222.photobucket.com/albums/dd494/thebigbaker/014.jpg)
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: punatic on December 06, 2011, 01:21:48 AM
Just finished carbonating my first homebrew and wow!  I brewed an extract IPA and carbonated it in a keg for 5 days.  I really expected it to be ok, but I can't be happier with how it turned out!  Probably needs a little more carbonation, but man does it taste good.  I have to be honest and say that it's one of the best IPAs I've ever had.  I'm totally hooked now!  

Here's a picture:

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/71502642@N04/6463103219/)

Right on!  Congratulations on your success.  Welcome to the obsession!  Nothing tastes better than beer brewed by your own hand!

For some reason I cannot see your photo.
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: thebigbaker on December 06, 2011, 01:22:49 AM
Sorry, new to the board, so still trying to figure out how to get my picture up.
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: punatic on December 06, 2011, 01:37:38 AM
Sorry, new to the board, so still trying to figure out how to get my picture up.

There ya go.  I can see it now.  Good job!  It looks pretty tasty from here.
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: bo on December 06, 2011, 01:39:20 AM
Good looking beer. Congrats on popping your homebrew cherry.
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: garc_mall on December 06, 2011, 02:23:18 AM
congrats, welcome to filled Saturdays and an ever growing collection of stuff...
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: tschmidlin on December 06, 2011, 02:34:41 AM
Congratulations!  it's always nice when the first batch turns out great :)
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: jamminbrew on December 06, 2011, 02:47:57 AM
congrats, welcome to filled Saturdays and an ever growing collection of stuff...
+100 
Way to go! I think my first, a honey brown extract kit, was one of the best I'd ever tasted too.  Then my first all grain...   Welcome to it, happy brewing!
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: cheba420 on December 06, 2011, 04:10:09 AM
Looks great! Congrats. It really is a lot of FUN, isn't it? There's really only a couple things I'd rather be doing than brewing! Cheers.
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: weazletoe on December 06, 2011, 05:07:35 AM
Way to go! I think it's awesome you kegged your first batch. Hardcore. No go bottle your next one. It's a rite of passage.  ;D
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: Gribble on December 06, 2011, 05:27:17 AM
Nice head on it.  I love the glass too.  Congrats on becoming a homebrewer.
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: tonyp on December 06, 2011, 05:36:19 AM
awesome job man!

And btw, this is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your chair with a Coors Light. You take the red pill - you stay in Homebrewland and we show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes...
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: punatic on December 06, 2011, 07:52:42 AM
Follow the rabbit!
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: ethalacker on December 06, 2011, 01:02:44 PM
That's Awesome!!! Enjoy the obsession!
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: thebigbaker on December 06, 2011, 01:50:28 PM
Way to go! I think it's awesome you kegged your first batch. Hardcore. No go bottle your next one. It's a rite of passage.  ;D

Before I did my first batch, I helped a friend with his batch of Brown Ale and we bottled that batch.  The bottling process and the waiting for conditioning steered me to keg my brew!  I've bottled some from the keg to give to friends, but it's all keg for me know!
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: thebigbaker on December 06, 2011, 01:51:36 PM
awesome job man!

And btw, this is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your chair with a Coors Light. You take the red pill - you stay in Homebrewland and we show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes...

The Red Pill it is!
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: thebigbaker on December 06, 2011, 01:59:27 PM
Cheers everyone!  There is no way that my IPA would have turned out like it did without this forum.  I spent many hours going through the AHA site and reading countless threads in the forum to prepare myself for this endeavor.  The great thing is the wife is totally into homebrewing now and we've already built our cooler mash tun as we assemble the all grain set up, which probably should be complete in the next couple of months.   
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: bluesman on December 06, 2011, 02:41:31 PM
Awesome!

Welcome to our obsession.  :)
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: majorvices on December 06, 2011, 03:13:47 PM
That picture looks tasty! Congrats on your first beer. Here's to many more to come!
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: ibru on December 06, 2011, 03:16:07 PM
Good job!! Looks like you brewed a great beer right out of the chute.

Better get started on your next one....

Bruce
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: beersk on December 06, 2011, 03:18:06 PM
Congrats!  I didn't brew decent beer until about my 3rd or 4th batch.  Looks like you're started on the right foot right off the bat.  That's very encouraging.
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: davidgzach on December 06, 2011, 03:25:16 PM
awesome job man!

And btw, this is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your chair with a Coors Light. You take the red pill - you stay in Homebrewland and we show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes...

The Red Pill it is!

Good for you!  Congrats!
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: ncbluesman on December 10, 2011, 12:59:30 PM
Congrats!  Looks tasty.  When I started, I didn't have access to a resource like this forum, so I agree.  What a great resource this community of skilled brewers can be.  My first homebrew experience wasn't so fortunate.  My buddy got me started with a pale ale kit and I can only guess that the yeast wasn't viable.  It sat for 3 days before fermentation took off and the first taste of the beer made it apparent that the yeast that fermented my homebrew wasn't the yeast I pitched, but I bottled it and called it a Lambic!  Drank every bottle.  But my second beer, Avagadro's Expeditious Old Ale from Charlie's book was a huge success and I've been brewing since.  Welcome to a rewarding addiction hobby.
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: maxieboy on December 10, 2011, 01:40:44 PM
Sweet! There's no turning back now...  8)
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: euge on December 10, 2011, 07:23:29 PM
Way to go! I think it's awesome you kegged your first batch. Hardcore. No go bottle your next one. It's a rite of passage.  ;D

Before I did my first batch, I helped a friend with his batch of Brown Ale and we bottled that batch.  The bottling process and the waiting for conditioning steered me to keg my brew!  I've bottled some from the keg to give to friends, but it's all keg for me know!

Congrats on the first brew! And bottles are a pain to keep track of, store and keep clean. Kegs are virtually headache free though they have their own problems associated. It's better to keg in 15 minutes than spend over an hour making a mess filling bottles.

Did you use a recipe or a kit?
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: thebigbaker on December 11, 2011, 01:51:36 AM
Way to go! I think it's awesome you kegged your first batch. Hardcore. No go bottle your next one. It's a rite of passage.  ;D

Before I did my first batch, I helped a friend with his batch of Brown Ale and we bottled that batch.  The bottling process and the waiting for conditioning steered me to keg my brew!  I've bottled some from the keg to give to friends, but it's all keg for me know!

Congrats on the first brew! And bottles are a pain to keep track of, store and keep clean. Kegs are virtually headache free though they have their own problems associated. It's better to keg in 15 minutes than spend over an hour making a mess filling bottles.

Did you use a recipe or a kit?

Thanks!  I used a recipe kit that was put together by my local brew shop.  Their instructions didn't call for it, but I dry hopped with 1oz of Cascade pellets.  I just kegged a Hefeweizen (kit from the brew shop) and it already tastes great!  just needs a few more days to finish carbonation.  It's my wife's favorite beer style and I actually had her perform all the brew steps.  I just picked up a keg shell which I'll be turning into a brew kettle this weekend.  The last part to my all grain set up is the propane burner and then it's on to my all grain venture!
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: punatic on December 11, 2011, 03:28:11 AM
Man, you've caught it bad!   :D
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: thebigbaker on December 11, 2011, 03:51:31 AM
Man, you've caught it bad!   :D
I've got a fever and the only prescription is more homebrew! (in my Christopher Walken voice)
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: punatic on December 11, 2011, 05:11:00 AM
I like the way you think!
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: euge on December 11, 2011, 05:53:26 AM
I just picked up a keg shell which I'll be turning into a brew kettle this weekend.  The last part to my all grain set up is the propane burner and then it's on to my all grain venture!

Mash tun? What approach are you going to use? Chances are we can help you with this. ;)
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: thebigbaker on December 11, 2011, 01:59:30 PM
I just picked up a keg shell which I'll be turning into a brew kettle this weekend.  The last part to my all grain set up is the propane burner and then it's on to my all grain venture!

Mash tun? What approach are you going to use? Chances are we can help you with this. ;)

Thanks!  A few weeks ago I picked up a Rubbermaid 48qt rectangle cooler off Craigslist for $10.  Using what I read on this board, I installed a ball valve and stainless braid manifold.  I tested with about three gallons of water @ 160 degrees for an hour and it only lost two degrees.  I plan on doing batch sparging.  Still not sure if I will or if I need to do a mash out, but I'm looking forward to adding a few more hours to my brew day!  Any tips or advice would be awesome!
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: Mark G on December 11, 2011, 02:56:28 PM
I just picked up a keg shell which I'll be turning into a brew kettle this weekend.  The last part to my all grain set up is the propane burner and then it's on to my all grain venture!

Mash tun? What approach are you going to use? Chances are we can help you with this. ;)

Thanks!  A few weeks ago I picked up a Rubbermaid 48qt rectangle cooler off Craigslist for $10.  Using what I read on this board, I installed a ball valve and stainless braid manifold.  I tested with about three gallons of water @ 160 degrees for an hour and it only lost two degrees.  I plan on doing batch sparging.  Still not sure if I will or if I need to do a mash out, but I'm looking forward to adding a few more hours to my brew day!  Any tips or advice would be awesome!
Have you checked out www.dennybrew.com (http://www.dennybrew.com)?
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: thebigbaker on December 11, 2011, 10:06:44 PM
I just picked up a keg shell which I'll be turning into a brew kettle this weekend.  The last part to my all grain set up is the propane burner and then it's on to my all grain venture!

Mash tun? What approach are you going to use? Chances are we can help you with this. ;)

Thanks!  A few weeks ago I picked up a Rubbermaid 48qt rectangle cooler off Craigslist for $10.  Using what I read on this board, I installed a ball valve and stainless braid manifold.  I tested with about three gallons of water @ 160 degrees for an hour and it only lost two degrees.  I plan on doing batch sparging.  Still not sure if I will or if I need to do a mash out, but I'm looking forward to adding a few more hours to my brew day!  Any tips or advice would be awesome!
Have you checked out www.dennybrew.com (http://www.dennybrew.com)?

 Thanks!  A lot of great info there.
Title: Re: My First Homebrew!
Post by: Rhoobarb on December 18, 2011, 03:25:45 AM
Just wanted to chime in and say that you have one fine looking IPA back there on page one!