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Just a few short weeks ago I was a guy who saw a returned item on a table in Bed, Bath & Beyond and bought it because it was $17.49 and I always wanted to try it. So I bought it.


Thanks to all of you, I'm now crazy.


My kit came with "American Light" so I brewed it.

I watched the Mr.BEER video on YouTube (stopping it as I went along so as not to miss anything) and brewed my first batch. I stuck the LBK in the basement where the temperature was about 75. It quickly turned to 76-80 degrees when a heat wave hit Ohio 3 days later.

Not knowing what I was doing yet I bottled at 2 weeks. (no hydrometer at that point) None the less, I decided to take the advice of tasting one at 2 weeks, then 3 and finally 4 to understand why you wait. (impatient newbie logic) So I bottled 4 Grolsch bottles and 7 liters.

Tonight was my 2 weeks conditioning with 3 days in the fridge taste test of the 1st REAL bottle of 4 that I made.(#1 bottle had too much priming sugar and I had to purge it every so often so I didn't count it, although I did drink it.)

It tasted like a watery Bud Light. But hey, it was MY watery Bud Light! It had great carbonation and I would down that any day of the week after mowing the yard. LOL

I have to say. If this is the results you get when your blind as a bat and have no clue WHAT you are doing I can't wait for my second batch that is fermenting now. (Mexican Cerveza Deluxe)

I've been reading like crazy and appreciate all the great links. Lot's of stuff to absorb. But I find myself wanting more info. I've got the temp thing licked for now with the cooler. Thanks.

I even found a 70's retro thermometer to go with my 70's Coleman cooler! It works fantastic.

I dropped $100+ at my LHBS on everything from vinators to bottle cappers, trees to bottle washers, sanitizers to overrun caps! Holy mackerel.

But if there's one thing I know. I know I'm getting fantastic help and for that I want to thank everybody once again for being so nice and helpful. You guys rock!

:chug:


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It tasted like a watery Bud Light. But hey, it was MY watery Bud Light!

Good perspective. I always say, your first taste of your first homebrew may not be the best beer you'll ever taste, but it'll definitely be the most satisfying.

Congratulations.

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"Thanks to all of you, I'm now crazy."

We're all a little off kilter, SO you're in the right place!

I don't think anybody's first batch turned out Fantastic!
I know mine was really bitter and green appley. Not quite the beer I was used to or expecting.
That was before I met the BORG!

You've done well with the additional equipment.

Good luck with your future brews and listen to these guys, they're good! :cheers:

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That is a great post Brownsie. I think you'll fit right in here. Welcome a' :borg: . :cheers:

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Thanks guys. I'm really getting the "obsession" expression now. I think I got it bad. Real bad.

Can't believe I'm eagerly awaiting to taste my 3 week conditioning bottle so much.

Quick question on the hydrometer reading. I took a OG. I take one at 2 weeks and then a few days later to see if it's stopped or still active. Is that correct?

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Yes, that's correct. It's ready if the reading doesn't change.

Or, you can wait 3 weeks, take a reading, and bottle.

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Your welcome. Glad to have u aboard this crazy train of ours!

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I would have to agree with you. If it wasn't for this fourm, my kit would have probably ended up in the closet. Instead, they have fed my obsession and I have a temp controled mini fridge, 2 lbk's, and have taken over half the house (well o.k. a small portion). Now I cant wait till we move so I can really expand.

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It's tough to move from one brewing locale to another too. I had my entire operation set up in the basement of our "old" house and had a perfectly stable pantry closet in the finished section of the basement along with an undercab wine chiller that held a constant 65F for fermenting.

The new house is bigger and more updated but the wine chiller varies from 65 to 52 on a daily basis and there's no pantry closet in the finished section of the basement. So, gonna have to build one so my brewing operation "feels" the same.

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Welcome to the forum. I love brewing but I am not crazy...and neither am I.

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Welcome aboard - it is a great hobby. A mix of science and art and the result is BEER!!! That does not make you crazy, it makes you clever like a fox. How many other hobbies reward your effort with beer :)

Cheers
jeff

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you made beer. I always keep a little Classic American Light around for my friends that think Bud Light IS Craft Beer. :barman:

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