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Offline w9zeb

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First Time Home Brewer.
« on: January 15, 2013, 10:28:03 PM »
Technically it all began when I was in Wisconsin for Christmas.  I decided I wanted to start brewing my own beer.  When I got back to Austin, Texas one of the first places I stopped was Austin Home Brew who gave me a free copy of Zymurgy Magazine which turned me on to the American Home Brewers Association  I quicky signed up to become a card carrying member.

Today my journey continued when I went back to Austin Home Brew Supply where I picked up my first ever home brewing kit.


I also made sure to pick up what they recommended as a first recipe to get started.  Something they called "Texas Blond Ale"


I read somewhere that it's important you do a little yeast farming, while you're brewing.  As a result I enjoyed the last of my Real Ale Brewers Cut Black Quadrupal which did a good job of getting me motivated to learn how to brew great beer!


I won't bore you all with the rest of the details since I'm sure you've all done this yourselves a bunch of times, but I'm excited.






Now begins what will likely be the longest month and a half of my life.

I'm a big computer geek.  Specifically I work with Unix like operating systems.  As a result I've decided to call my first batch "PID 1" which is the Init process, or first process.  Of course if I managed to screw this up somehow I can always rename it /dev/null (the bit bucket)

In case anyone is at all curious about what I did. I have a slightly more detailed post on my site here: http://lnoldan.com/first-time-home-brewer-pid-1/
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Re: First Time Home Brewer.
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2013, 10:51:12 PM »
First, Welcome to the Obsession... er, Hobby.

Second, I doubt it will take 6 weeks to go from boil to bottle. Just guessing that it is a reasonably low gravity blonde ale. I would say 2 weeks in primary and 2 weeks in the bottle would be fine, but check your gravity a couple times as you near that 2 week spot, and make sure it is stable.

Just remember, Relax, don't worry, and have a homebrew (or a commercial beer in your case). Also, I would recommend planning your next batch, it will make the waiting easier.

Good luck, Enjoy your beer!
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Re: First Time Home Brewer.
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2013, 11:55:05 PM »
Here is an article I wish I would have read 10 years ago:
http://www.themadfermentationist.com/2012/02/11-mistakes-every-new-homebrewer-makes.html

That's a great Blog by the way.  Good luck!
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Re: First Time Home Brewer.
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2013, 02:56:12 AM »
Congrats and welcome! Your life will never be the same.

Some advice: Beware of advice and get multiple opinions. Experiment and learn from your own experiences. I say this after reading garc_mall's post. I agree that 2 weeks in the primary should be fine. As for the bottles, well, after bottle conditioning my beers for 19 years, I've learned that it's never ready after only 2 weeks. But, taste it at different periods and decide for yourself. For me, 4-5 weeks in the bottles and the beer tastes finished.

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Re: First Time Home Brewer.
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2013, 08:39:05 AM »
Welcome to the forum and the AHA. My only words of wisdom... Start your next batch now.
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Re: First Time Home Brewer.
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2013, 08:41:10 AM »
Some advice: Beware of advice and get multiple opinions. Experiment and learn from your own experiences.

+1.  There is always, always, more than one 'correct' way to accomplish any particular aspect of homebrewing.  Anybody who tells you that "you have to do xyz this way" really doesn't know what they're talking about. Get multiple opinions and experiment for yourself.
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Re: Re: First Time Home Brewer.
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2013, 08:54:59 AM »
Some advice: Beware of advice and get multiple opinions. Experiment and learn from your own experiences.

+1.  There is always, always, more than one 'correct' way to accomplish any particular aspect of homebrewing.  Anybody who tells you that "you have to do xyz this way" really doesn't know what they're talking about. Get multiple opinions and experiment for yourself.

+2

Ask a lot of questions, especially on this forum. Read How to Brew by John Palmer. Listen to the Basic Brewing Radio podcast. And just keep brewing. Welcome!
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Re: First Time Home Brewer.
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2013, 09:38:32 AM »
Congrats and welcome! Your life will never be the same.

Some advice: Beware of advice and get multiple opinions. Experiment and learn from your own experiences. I say this after reading garc_mall's post. I agree that 2 weeks in the primary should be fine. As for the bottles, well, after bottle conditioning my beers for 19 years, I've learned that it's never ready after only 2 weeks. But, taste it at different periods and decide for yourself. For me, 4-5 weeks in the bottles and the beer tastes finished.

I agree that a bit longer than 2 weeks in the bottles is better. "The last bottle is always the best" and all that, however IME the carbonation is usually about done at 2 weeks, and I know with my first batch I was racing to drink the first bottle of beer. I found about 4 weeks to generally be the peak for my IPA's and Pales.

Also, my guess was that the AHS kit directions recommended 2 weeks in primary, 2 weeks in secondary, and 2 weeks in bottles. I was recommending that he could cut out secondary and get to drinking it quicker.
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Re: First Time Home Brewer.
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2013, 09:45:09 AM »
Welcome to the forum and the AHA. My only words of wisdom... Start your next batch now.

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Re: First Time Home Brewer.
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2013, 10:24:13 AM »
A new homebrewer and an amateur radio operator!  Welcome.

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Re: First Time Home Brewer.
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2013, 11:30:52 AM »
A new homebrewer and an amateur radio operator!  Welcome.

Steve
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Re: First Time Home Brewer.
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2013, 12:56:35 PM »
Welcome to the forum and the AHA. My only words of wisdom... Start your next batch now.

+1

+2 Probably the best advice right now. :)
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