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I've been searching this forum since the beginning of the year, and I've found tons of great information, so I thought I should finally drop in to say thank you(and hello). My name is Alfred, and I brewed my first batch(West Coast Pale Ale) at the beginning of the year. My second batch(Cherry Wheat) has now been in bottles for two weeks(after fermenting for three). I'm going to try to wait another two weeks to start drinking, but I did make one big mistake: I waited too long to start the batch, so all of my WCPA is gone. I'm definitely going to get a pipeline going, so this won't happen again. I just ordered another lbk, and I have ingredients for enough recipes to get me through the rest of the year. Cowgirl Honey Light, Blue Patriot, Columbus' Cascading Ale, and Bohemian Bronze are all waiting to be brewed, along with a can of the Mexican Cerveza. Thanks again for all the help you've given me!

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That sure looks nice.
Welcome to the world of homebrewing. You'll never look back.
It's great that you've found us so keep us updated on how your brewing goes. There's lots of nice folks here to give a helping hand.

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Welcome Alfred! I think you'll like Blue Patriot and Bohemian Bronze. In my pipeline and being enjoyed right now.

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Welcome Alfred! That's a nice lookin' brew you've got there! Keep up the good work, and Go Cubbies!

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Welcome to the obsession! Prepare to enjoy lots of good beer and feel a level of accomplishment you may never have felt before!

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Welcome aboard the Crazy Train!

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Welcome aboard. That picture is making me thirsty, very very thirsty.

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"RickBeer" post=362065 said:

Welcome Alfred! I think you'll like Blue Patriot and Bohemian Bronze. In my pipeline and being enjoyed right now.

Thanks! I'm really looking forward to the Bohemian Bronze. I was actually thinking about brewing that one soon, since I just bought a 2nd lbk. I like your hat, too.(HUGE Michigan fan. GO BLUE!!!)

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Welcome aboard The Obsession alf2617! If you're like the rest of us here you'll soon be awash in a sea of beer and setting sail on many great brewing adventures. There's lot's of information here and plenty of hands to help you get under way. You'll soon be producing some memorable beers and having a lot of fun too in the days ahead.

Navigate on over to our Advanced Brewing Techniques area of the forum and read over the

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sticky. Yeast is a living cell, keep them healthy and they'll ferment you up some awesome tasting beers.

Set your course and sail on over to our New Brewers and FAQs area of the forum and read over the 'Malt To Adjunct Ratios' sticky.

Remember for the best tasting beer you'll want no less than 80% of the alcohol to come from malts and no more than 20% of the alcohol to come from sugars or other adjuncts.

Give your beer at least 2-3 weeks to ferment and another 3-4 weeks to carbonate and condition before refrigerating. I know it's going to be hard to resist popping them open sooner, but like with anything homebrewing it'll be worth the wait.

When using any priming calculator enter the warmest temperature that your fermenting beer has endured between the time you pitched your yeast until bottling day. This has to do with the beer's residual level of Co2, or the ability for beer to absorb Co2 into solution during fermentation. For a typical Ale fermenting around 70F the residual Co2 will be around .83 volumes, which is then subtracted from whatever Co2 level you entered as your target.


Example 1: Beer was fermented at 70F and bottled at 70F - Enter 70F for the temperature
Example 2: Beer was fermented at 70F and bottled at 60F - Enter 70F for the temperature
Example 3: Beer was fermented at 70F and bottled at 80F - Enter 80F for the temperature

Higher levels of Co2 will stay in solution when the beer is colder, as the beer warms up more Co2 will be released from solution. Hope that helps.

This is my glass of beer. There are many like it, but this one is mine. Without me my beer is useless. Without my beer, I am useless. ~ Screwy Brewer

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