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The REAL first pour Test

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The REAL first pour tests are comments from SWMBO (the wife)…
“Tastes green or young.” --- First tester after only 10 days carbing
“Now that is a good beer.” --- Second tester after 19 days carbing/conditioning
“That is pretty good beer.” --- Shameless Stout.
“I like that one better.” --- Dubbel Trouble.
“That’s GOOD, sure has a kick.” = HCCD with added sugar

I started with 2 deluxe kits.
St. Patrick's Irish Stout w/Creamy Brown
High Country Canadian Draft w/Pale Export

With the 2 HMEs and 2 UMEs I was able to get 4 different brews going in 4 - 1 gallon jugs.

Brews:
1. SPIS / CB = Added 1/4 cup sugar to make Shameless Stout
2. HCCD / PE = Stock + 1/4 cup Sugar
3. HCCD / CB = Dubbel Trouble with 1/4 cup Sugar
4. SPIS / HCCD / CB / PE = A blend with 1/4 cup Sugar
Note: Testers were a mix of the dregs from the bottle bucket when bottling the 4 brews.
Note on brew 4: It has 1 part SPIS, 2 parts HCCD, 1 part PE and 2 parts CB.

I had 1/2 can of SPIS and 1/2 can PE left for next brew. I added 1/4 cup Buckwheat Honey and it has been fermenting since 1-24-2010. Should be ready to bottle but I am forced to empty 6 bottles to put it in. It should not take too long though. Look to bottle it on Sunday.

I opened the first tester after 10 days but did not have time to take pics. It had VERY little carbing and no head. This was done to let me find out why patience is needed. You can see by the pic of second tester what 9 days patience does.

Here are pics of the second tester, the HCCD and the Shameless Stout.
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Good looking brews. Patience is a component of home brewing. Thanks for your attention. TonyK

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Just opened a bottle of the Light Stout Dubbel Trouble. (Brew 4 for those taking notes.)
It is a REAL nice brew. The best so far, IMHO.
Plenty of head and carb. A little extra hops from the Stout, but not too much. Getting a good buzz too.

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Great looking brews (and recipes)

You know what would make a great picture on here? The look on my wife's face when I snap a picture of a new pour........Priceless!!

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yankeedag wrote:

BC, you realize you'll need more kegs, right? :stout:

The wife has not really liked any dark beers since Michelob Dark went away. Today she said Brew 4 tasted a lot like Michelob Dark.

I am thinking that with a little tweaking I can hit this one out of the park. Not a bad start for my first brews, heh? B)

And yes, more and bigger jugs will soon be needed.

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BeerConnoisseur wrote:

yankeedag wrote:

BC, you realize you'll need more kegs, right? :stout:

The wife has not really liked any dark beers since Michelob Dark went away. Today she said Brew 4 tasted a lot like Michelob Dark.

I am thinking that with a little tweaking I can hit this one out of the park. Not a bad start for my first brews, heh? B)

And yes, more and bigger jugs will soon be needed.

nuff said :stout: my work is done here... well, this thread anyway.

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The brews look great. Splitting the batches into 1 gallon is a good way to be able to try a lot of different recipes at once. I'm on batch 5 right now, but so far, I've only been able to crack open the WCPA (which my wife likes - gotta get more). I have some Shillelagh stout and Brew-ha-ha Bock carbing and conditioning, and a couple more fermenting.

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They all look real tasty BC. I'm a little jealous.
I have my 5th brew in the keg but have yet to crack one of my early brews open. :S Maybe by next weekend I'll have my first pour.

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BeerConnoisseur wrote:

yankeedag wrote:


And yes, more and bigger jugs will soon be needed.

Mmmmm, more and bigger jugs. Me likey!

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