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Confessions of an impatient first time brewer!
« on: August 31, 2017, 02:19:37 PM »
So, about 6 weeks ago, I started my journey into home brew, knowing nothing more than the teachings of CraigTube and a few others!  I was struck by the idea of making my own beer, and ordered all the kit for extract brewing and kicked off my first batch of Coopers Australian IPA.

So what did I learn from the experience?

First and foremost is patience!! You would not believe the temptation to fiddle with the FV, to prod it, poke it, listen to it (my airlock was dead as a do-do) and generally worry myself about it all. 

Lesson learned - relax and let it do it's thing - if you have got the fundamentals right, of sanitation, mixing, pitching temps, and fermentation temps you are going to be just fine!

Next on the list was gravity anxiousness!!! I took my OG, and after about 7 days my FG was fairly static at 1.010 (from 1.040), but you know what, it was fine again, and this lead me to the next lesson learned!!

Give your brew time to finish in the FV and don't rush to bottle, which I did, and the result was a cloudy beer, that didn't have any depth to it.  Giving it the extra time I see from many of you allows the yeast to clean up after itself, so just relax and give it 14 days!!!

After all that, I ended up with 40 bottles, which have just got better and better with age, and now I am into week 5 of conditioning, I have a lovely IPA which is a pleasure to drink.

So I survived, and I learned the most important lesson of all, and it's to be patient!!!

Cheers all, going to crack open a home brew!


« Last Edit: August 31, 2017, 02:24:29 PM by MarkTechArc72 »


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Re: Confessions of an impatient first time brewer!
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2017, 05:44:36 PM »
Good to hear Mark. You learned in 1 brew what took me many to learn. I see many good beers in your future. cheers.
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Re: Confessions of an impatient first time brewer!
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2017, 07:39:21 PM »
congrats, like Vic it took me a lot of brews to let it be :)
Keg 1- Coconut Pale ale
Keg 2- GaardenHoe
Keg 3- Sour Cherry Gose
Keg 4- HB Hefeweizen
Keg 5- Mosaic lager
Keg 6- Drooling Dog IPA
Keg 7-
FV1- NB Oktoberfest


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Re: Confessions of an impatient first time brewer!
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2017, 02:34:47 PM »
Thanks guys, and this place is a great resource and there is a mime of information, which I urge all the newbies (like me) to read first.

I just brewed another batch today (English Bitter) and I am content on leaving it alone now and let it ferment for 14 days, and have little or no anxiety!

Thanks to this forum and CraigTube!!!

Cheers, Mark.

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Re: Confessions of an impatient first time brewer!
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2018, 08:30:16 PM »
I have found an easy solution to the patience issue - get a pipeline going. One batch fermenting, one batch bottle conditioning, one batch (or more) drinking. One batch every two to four months (unless you are brewing for more than one) suffices for me.


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