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Long time beer drinker but brand new brewer!

I won a Mr. Beer kit in a raffle back in April and fired it up that weekend. Brewed Classic American Light. I had dug around on the forums after brew day and decided to use the 3/4 method. Well that didn't quite work out - popped 2 after 2 weeks bottled, still a bit cidery. Did 2 bottles a week later and they had really mellowed out. Did the last 4 bottles with my step-son a week and a half later (4.5 weeks in bottles) and they were pretty dang good! Step-son said liked it better than his Miller Lite...

So now have a Bewitched almost 2 weeks in the keg, and loaded up on the Recipe sale with enough stuff to keep me busy awhile. And added a second keg! Really looking forward to the next batch!

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Sounds like you're well on your way to being assimilated into the obsession. Welcome aboard.

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Well done...trying your first few brews in weekly increments like you did really can teach you a lot. You get a real good understanding on how important proper conditioning is.

Welcome aboard and keep brewing!!

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Welcome aboard The Obsession Ssorck! 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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"Ssorck" post=389144 said:

Long time beer drinker but brand new brewer!

I won a Mr. Beer kit in a raffle back in April and fired it up that weekend. Brewed Classic American Light. I had dug around on the forums after brew day and decided to use the 3/4 method. Well that didn't quite work out - popped 2 after 2 weeks bottled, still a bit cidery. Did 2 bottles a week later and they had really mellowed out. Did the last 4 bottles with my step-son a week and a half later (4.5 weeks in bottles) and they were pretty dang good! Step-son said liked it better than his Miller Lite...

So now have a Bewitched almost 2 weeks in the keg, and loaded up on the Recipe sale with enough stuff to keep me busy awhile. And added a second keg! Really looking forward to the next batch!

While some of us scold at times over the abandonment of the 3-4, I thinks it's good that you used the CAL to perform this testing ritual so now you KNOW what additional time does for beer conditioning.

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"Ssorck" post=389144 said:

Step-son said liked it better than his Miller Lite...


I know that made you feel good. :banana:
Oh, and Welcome to the Borg.

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welcome, a second keg today, then another, and another, then a couple five gallon kits, then... oh I'm describing myself.........Happy Brewing.

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"Inkleg" post=389268 said:

"Ssorck" post=389144 said:

Step-son said liked it better than his Miller Lite...


I know that made you feel good. :banana:
Oh, and Welcome to the Borg.

Did make me feel good!

I came home from work yesterday to find my second LBK had arrived! So being that I have batch # 2 Bewitched straight up 2 weeks in fermenting, today I brewed up batch # 3 Abbey Dubbel recipe. Figure it will be cool to compare the 2...

I'll Check out the links, thanks guys!

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