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Title: totally random
Post by: carpenter on January 23, 2011, 09:13:55 PM
Well needless to say i am a newbie. Only on my first brew, only on this site for a week (if that), but I am ridiculously obsessed. Actually have been for months before I even made my first batch. Took me a while to get my equipment and whatnot, courage to take the leap, blah, blah, blah.

So I just met a fellow brewer at a copy shop in town and it was very random but also very profound. He was there to print some labels for his first brew. I was only making copies for my wife but that is beside the point. The point is that I feel like I am starting some new life. There are all of these brewers out there and I just put one foot into the proverbial door. I can’t wait to learn everything. I want to skip to all grain. I want to go automated. I want to make 50 gal batches. As I said, I am ridiculously obsessed.

I will have to refrain myself though, because - well for many reasons. Time, money, energy - you know, the practical stuff. Also because I want to be a good brewer and realize the necessity of learning along the way. Build a wall one brick at a time, right.

I laid my first brick and I can’t wait till I have myself a great big wall. For now I’ll start with opening my first homebrew in two and half weeks and go from there. With all that said, I just wanted to say hello to all of my new family.

Hello.
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: denny on January 23, 2011, 09:19:46 PM
I've been brewing for 13 years.  I brewed my 392nd batch today, and I can't wait to learn everything, too!  ;)
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: chezteth on January 23, 2011, 09:25:46 PM
Welcome to the obsession, err hobby, and to the forum!  It is a great hobby with so much to learn.  Making all-grain brews is definitely more fun although requires more time.

Happy Brewing,
Brandon
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: jeffy on January 23, 2011, 09:26:11 PM
I've been brewing for 13 years.  I brewed my 392nd batch today, and I can't wait to learn everything, too!  ;)
20 years, batch 298 today.  Still learning.....
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: euge on January 23, 2011, 10:22:21 PM
Welcome to the Obsession! :D

You can beer talk all you want here. Beer beer beer! If you have any questions at all- ask them before the first batch. You're sure to have plenty afterwards!
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: Hokerer on January 23, 2011, 10:24:19 PM
Yep, no matter how much I learn about this obsession, there's always more.
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: tubercle on January 23, 2011, 10:28:13 PM
I've been brewing for 13 years.  I brewed my 392nd batch today, and I can't wait to learn everything, too!  ;)

 Whatcha got planned for #400?
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: denny on January 23, 2011, 10:35:09 PM
I've been brewing for 13 years.  I brewed my 392nd batch today, and I can't wait to learn everything, too!  ;)

 Whatcha got planned for #400?

Haven't decided yet....I've got a few months to figure it out.  Maybe an IIPA of some sort.  I did a 100 gravity, 100 IBU RIS for batch #100, but I don't think I want to do a 1.400 400 IBU beer for this one!

As Jethro Gump used to say "The more I know about beer, the more I know I've got to know more about beer".
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: dano14041 on January 23, 2011, 11:14:41 PM
 Welcome to the forum and obsession! I am a noob, also. I have only got 9 brews under my belt, but went AG on the 3rd one. I am just scratching the surface. It is a learning experience every time I brew.
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: dj99 on January 23, 2011, 11:25:36 PM
Brewing for 18 years.  Obsessed, but not addicted. :)
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: majorvices on January 23, 2011, 11:36:40 PM
I've been brewing for 13 years.  I brewed my 392nd batch today, and I can't wait to learn everything, too!  ;)

When you learn it all please post it here!  :D
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: tom on January 23, 2011, 11:44:53 PM
Welcome to the obsession (oops hobby, yeah that's it) and the forum!

I've been brewing for 21 years, don't know how many batches.

Today I'm brewing Cream Ale for SWMBO. Gotta keep her happy too!
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: maxieboy on January 24, 2011, 12:05:59 AM
You related to oscarvan?  :D
Welcome to forum! If you can't do it with the help here, well, there's always knitting!
Two rules:

1. Sanitation
1. Control your fermentation temperature.
1. Pitch enough yeast.
2. RDWHAHB
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: tschmidlin on January 24, 2011, 06:45:11 AM
20+ years, unknown number of batches, and learning all of the time, especially on this forum.

Skip to all grain whenever you feel like it, automate if you wish. 

I'd save the 50 gallon batches for your tried and true recipes, but maybe you have a lot of thirsty mouths  ;D
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: tomsawyer on January 24, 2011, 02:51:50 PM
You can read forever but actually brewing is the best way to learn.  Its not something you want to put off until you have an adequate knowledge base.  Get yourself on a regular brew schedule, this way you'll build a cellar of beer and you'll be able to plan ahead.  Part of brewing is planning, from obtaining the supplies to looking ahead and knowing what you'll want to drink two months down the road.  Seasons really play into what beers taste good.

I've made lots of new friends from the hobby, both online and at home.  It affects things like where I go on vacation.  Theres a neat network out there, enjoy it.

Its also wise to manage an addiction, I say this but don't follow my own advice in this regard.
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: Slowbrew on January 24, 2011, 03:05:14 PM
Welcome to our world.  I've been at it for 13 years and 149 (or so) batches.

Planning is the hardest part for me.  I tend to be a bit scatter brained and it it bites now and then.

This hobby did lead to a yearly Oktoberfest at our house.  Close 100 people last fall.

Have fun with it.

Paul
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: tomsawyer on January 24, 2011, 03:20:38 PM
Welcome to our world.  I've been at it for 13 years and 149 (or so) batches.

Planning is the hardest part for me.  I tend to be a bit scatter brained and it it bites now and then.

This hobby did lead to a yearly Oktoberfest at our house.  Close 100 people last fall.

Have fun with it.

Paul

Wow how does one get an invite?
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 24, 2011, 03:45:09 PM
Find a local club, your learning rate will increase very vast.

I have been brewing for 18 years, somewhere around 290 batches (I have to count those up before I lose track).  It is a great hobby.
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: majorvices on January 24, 2011, 03:52:52 PM
I've been brewing for 500 years, give or take a decade or two, through a series of successive reincarnations. Don't ask how many batches.
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: dak0415 on January 24, 2011, 04:11:18 PM
Keith,
It only SEEMS that long when go pro!

Continued Luck;

Dave
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: Slowbrew on January 24, 2011, 05:03:39 PM
Welcome to our world.  I've been at it for 13 years and 149 (or so) batches.

Planning is the hardest part for me.  I tend to be a bit scatter brained and it it bites now and then.

This hobby did lead to a yearly Oktoberfest at our house.  Close 100 people last fall.

Have fun with it.

Paul

Wow how does one get an invite?

As one of my friends tells people "you have to know a guy, who knows a guy..."   :D

It's a mixture of people from work and friends we've made over the years (many, many years) through our kids classes and the whole neighborhood of course.  You can't have that big of a party and not invite the neighbors.

Let me know if you're ever going to be in Des Moines at the end of September, I'll PM you the details.

Paul
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: bluesman on January 24, 2011, 05:13:33 PM
Welcome to the AHA Forum and the obsession carpenter. I too am obsessed with this awesome hobby and have been for about 20 years and some unknown number of batches. I am always on the search for knowledge and information in an effort to better myself and ultimately to make better beer. It's a process that has unfolded and continues to on a daily basis.

Making better beer one batch at a time.  ;)
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: uthristy on January 24, 2011, 08:33:29 PM
You can read forever but actually brewing is the best way to learn.  Its not something you want to put off until you have an adequate knowledge base.  Get yourself on a regular brew schedule, this way you'll build a cellar of beer and you'll be able to plan ahead.  Part of brewing is planning, from obtaining the supplies to looking ahead and knowing what you'll want to drink two months down the road.  Seasons really play into what beers taste good.

I've made lots of new friends from the hobby, both online and at home.  It affects things like where I go on vacation.  Theres a neat network out there, enjoy it.


Pretty much what /\ Tomsawyer posted.
Thats how we (wife/me) look at brewing, in racing I called it track time nothing beats actually doing it, hands on & getting dirty.

I think its going on 5yrs?  54 batchs +/- last year alone, a handfull of beer trips to Belgium for research  and we've meet a few homebrewers in NL & Be.
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: corkybstewart on January 24, 2011, 09:47:48 PM
Welcome to our world.  I've been at it for 13 years and 149 (or so) batches.

Planning is the hardest part for me.  I tend to be a bit scatter brained and it it bites now and then.

This hobby did lead to a yearly Oktoberfest at our house.  Close 100 people last fall.

Have fun with it.

Paul
This year will be our 6th annual Oktoberfest.  Last year we went through 5 full cornies and 4 partials, 60 pounds of homemade sausage, pretzels and lots of other food.  Several area homebrewers bring their own beer and food, it's a great time.
To the OP my best advice is to marry a person who enjoys the addiction as much as you do, whether or not they ever brew with you.  My wife doesn't brew with me but loves the homebrew parties and the homebrewers I've met online and visited during our travels.  I have not met an ass*ole homebrewer yet.  She loves setting up beer oriented vacations because she knows it won't be just drinking all day, but places that make great beer tend to be places worth visiting for other things.  She bought me my first equipment kit  back in 1992 and has gone above and beyond in supporting me with my homebrewing.
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: oscarvan on January 25, 2011, 12:56:02 AM
I heard my name.....?

Welcome you are one of us now....whoaahahhahahahahha......

Me, I started in October....straight to kegging, and now 10 gallon all grain after 5 batches of extract. Haven't had a bad batch yet....(oh no, I have tempted the beer gods.....). Friday will be WSBW # 0009-AG. It's all good dude.
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: carpenter on January 25, 2011, 02:31:14 AM
wow. thanks for all the advice and support. i'm sure i'll have a lot of questions for all of you. right now i am just hoping my first brew is at least potable. i'll let you know how it turns out.

...actually here is my first question. my first brew was a brewers best english brown ale extract kit. my og was 42 and the recipe said it should be between 45 and 49. my fg was 7 and the recipe said it should be 11 to 15. during the brew everything was right on temp wise and time wise. it fermented out pretty fast and i bottled it 12 days after brewing it. i did taste it after gravity tests and it seemed ok but what am i going to have when i crack it open?

this is going to be a long two weeks. anyway thanks again and any advice is greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: oscarvan on January 25, 2011, 02:34:01 AM
Did you calibrate your hydrometer? Water at 60º should read 0. Those little paper cards in there tend to shift. Mine reads .002 high.
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: Hokerer on January 25, 2011, 03:10:16 AM
Did you calibrate your hydrometer? Water at 60º should read 0. Those little paper cards in there tend to shift. Mine reads .002 high.

Yep, should read 1.000 in 60 degrees F distilled water.  Both of mine read .003 high.

Also, to see if your gravity is really where it should be you need to accurately measure your volume.  Your lower than expected numbers could be because your volume is actually more than the designed recipe volume.
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: euge on January 25, 2011, 03:13:35 AM
wow. thanks for all the advice and support. i'm sure i'll have a lot of questions for all of you. right now i am just hoping my first brew is at least potable. i'll let you know how it turns out.

...actually here is my first question. my first brew was a brewers best english brown ale extract kit. my og was 42 and the recipe said it should be between 45 and 49. my fg was 7 and the recipe said it should be 11 to 15. during the brew everything was right on temp wise and time wise. it fermented out pretty fast and i bottled it 12 days after brewing it. i did taste it after gravity tests and it seemed ok but what am i going to have when i crack it open?

this is going to be a long two weeks. anyway thanks again and any advice is greatly appreciated.

You'll have beer my good man! Beer!
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: maxieboy on January 25, 2011, 03:21:10 AM
Oh, and if you don't brew again now, you'll have a lapse in homebrew! Good god. man! NO beer!  :D
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: tschmidlin on January 25, 2011, 08:51:16 AM
If the hydrometer consistently reads 7 point low, that explains everything and you nailed your OG and FG.  I'd bet it's at least a part of the problem.
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: seajellie on January 25, 2011, 01:46:24 PM
and on that subject, watch out for your thermometer too, as a vital piece of gear that is not always accurate. there are good threads out there on purchasing an accurate one. This will become more important to you as pitching temp and mashing temp take their inevitable hold on your fascination...

I did all grain for two years before I realized my thermometer read 8 degrees too high. man, did i have some dry beers back then....
Title: Re: totally random
Post by: carpenter on January 26, 2011, 02:19:25 AM
i will definately calibrate. i feel a lot better about what i am going to get at the end. now i just have to pick my next recipe. thanks again eveyone.