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First Brew in Keg!

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Hello all;

Guess what "Santa" got me for Christmas? Yup a Mr. Beer kit and TWO standard refills! Well today we returned from our holiday vacation and it was brew day. I decided to try the Whispering Wheat for my first brew. Fingers crossed and hoping it allturns out well.. Croz_Brewery_First_Brew_Whipsering_Wheat

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congrats....you came to the right place if you have any questions too. i am a week into my first(west coast pale ale) brew, and the guys in here have been extremely helpful. just post, in less than five, you will find your answer.

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Thanks..yeah I have been lurking here for a while. These guys are VERY helpful and make this a fun hobby to be sure. Hopefully, I will become educated and be able to help others at some point! :)

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Not to worry Croz, it won't be long and you'll be helping others. This hobby isn't as daunting as most people would have it. Basic rules. Follow them and you are there. WTTBIC.YWBA.RIQF: WHB.

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Welcome! As a newbie myself(5th batch), you are in the right place to learn.there is enough knowledge here, they should bottle it!

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I'm also a newbie - my WCPA has been in the keg since 1-1-11 - So welcome and as others have said... this forum has a wealth of knowledge floating around - have questions, just ask. These guys are great! :)

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So..day 2 of fermenting, how much bubbling should I see on the surface at this point? Brewing the Whispering Wheat, and there are some patches of bubbles but not covered? I know I am worrying too much, but you now how newbie brewies are...


Croz...

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Thanks Yankeedag..did EXACTLY as you instructed me too..:)


Croz..

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yup im also a newb so i cant offer much advice but what i can say is try to ignore it!! mines in the spare room and while i do sneak a taste now and then ive done pretty well. i actually ended up with 8 full PETs when i bottled tonight!!

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So..took a small sample taste today (1 week into fementation). Sure smelled and tasted like beer. It doesn't taste sweet at all, but I am going to give it another week in the keg. That would be the correct thing to do to comply with 2-2-2 right?


Later

Croz....

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Well thats good after one week. Sounds like you are on the right program by letting it go for another week. Make sure you clean and sanitize the spigot, (Q-tip). There might be some residue on there that could infect your beer. Happy Brewing

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Croz wrote:

So..took a small sample taste today (1 week into fementation). Sure smelled and tasted like beer. It doesn't taste sweet at all, but I am going to give it another week in the keg. That would be the correct thing to do to comply with 2-2-2 right?


Later

Croz....

hard to be patient, isn't it?! We're in the same boat. Yesterday marked a week into fermentation for my first batch. Waiting the 2 weeks though. Probably no longer than that... will go straight to bottles so I can start brewing one of the recipes I ordered which should be a bit more involved (2 cans of extract, hop sacks, etc)and more like the kind of beers I prefer.

patience... (I have to keep telling myself too!)

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...and it's in the bottles! 2 more weeks until my "first poured"!


Croz...

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Technically you CAN in 2 weeks, but here's the thing:

2 weeks fermenting
2 weeks carbing at room temp
2 weeks conditioning at room temp

What I suggest is that you DO taste one in two weeks. Then another the week after, and then the week after.

You'll see for yourself why time is your friend instead of just believing the hype.

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So...when I bottled I bottled a 10 oz "test bottle". I poured that tonight, my "first poured" I guess you could say. Although it has a big head first, it died quickly. Didn't taste too bad, still a little flat, but I guess that is due to the fact it needs more time to carb. Also just to be sure it was a "green beer" the test bottle was a small sprite bottle!

First Poured...(The purple thing is an ice cube..lol) Test_beer.jpg

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Well I made some homemade labels and affixed them to the bottles....

Riskinator_Weizen_with_labels.jpg


Croz...

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Here is a little beer porn..poured this today to test. It's really smooth. Even the wife likes it! She says it taste better than any "craft beer" from the store!!!

Riskinator_Beer_Porn.jpg


Croz...

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