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Hank Perkins
Junior Member
Username: Why1504

Post Number: 57
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2004 - 01:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

OK,, I know you have all been waiting for the results of my first, extract syrup based beer. Well today is day 4 after bottling, so I popped one and here is my assessment:

Well the bottle was under pressure, at a higher level than expected, noticiable sediment in the bottom of the bottle(supried at the amount). Beer was very clear. Poured into a crystal pilsner glass. Very low carbonation in the beer, color close to a Newcastle Brown Ale. Taste, somewhat bland, not as full bodied as expected. Lacking in hop flavor. Definite alcohol content, somehat stronger than expected, I did not check the FG at bottling but I expect the alcohol % to be close to 4% (hydro readings to date: O.G. 1.042 @ 70 degrees, going to secondary 1.010 @ 70 degrees).
No bad or odd tastes. I hope the body will improve over time with carbonation.

THANK YOU ALL!! I must say, overall better than expected, I was very concerened the beer would be undrinkable. Not as good as Newcastle, but better than a Abida. Wonder where I will be in 2 weeks?
 

PalerThanAle
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Username: Palerthanale

Post Number: 1245
Registered: 04-2002
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2004 - 01:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

<Wonder where I will be in 2 weeks?

gone.

PTA
You don't stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing.
 

Richard Nye
Intermediate Member
Username: Yeasty_boy

Post Number: 315
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2004 - 01:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Great job Hank, and thanks for letting us know how it turned out! It will only get better from here. The beer I brew is the best tasting beer I've ever had (well, except for Orval).

Congratulations!
 

Hank Perkins
Junior Member
Username: Why1504

Post Number: 58
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2004 - 02:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

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<Wonder where I will be in 2 weeks?

gone.

PTA

Auburn - Alabama Saturday 2:30 in HDTV
Plus
Neighbors
PLUS
New Homwbrew

You may be right!!!

Glad I started the SNPA Clone when I bottled!!!!!
 

Geoff Buschur
Intermediate Member
Username: Avmech

Post Number: 305
Registered: 06-2004
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2004 - 01:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If you are sharing with your neighbors I think you need to ask Santa Claus for a kegging setup.
 

Astro
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Username: Astro

Post Number: 29
Registered: 07-2004
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2004 - 01:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Congrats on your first brew! Enjoy every drop. When you taste your third, or fifth batch, you'll be amazed how far you have come. You will be an addict, although good beer is a very healthy addiction...

And also, Hey! Don't put down Abita. Turbodog and Purple Haze got me through college in New Orleans. I won't defend many commercial beers, but Abita has a special place in my heart...
 

Peter Roman
Intermediate Member
Username: Lilbordr

Post Number: 362
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2004 - 01:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My biggset obstacle when i first started brewing was letting my brews age. I could barley make five gallons last a week! Hank, my first attempt at new casle was a little off like you described, but in time you will be dead on! Keep up the excellent effort!

Cheers,
Peter Roman
 

Hank Perkins
Junior Member
Username: Why1504

Post Number: 61
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2004 - 02:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Astro - no put down on Abita I have been to the brewery and really like the Amber. It is just that I find Newcastle a bit more satisfing.
 

Astro
Junior Member
Username: Astro

Post Number: 30
Registered: 07-2004
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2004 - 02:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Just sticking up for my peeps, Hank. Brew what you want to drink. I am a fan of their Amber, too.
 

Brandon Dachel
Senior Member
Username: Brandon

Post Number: 1299
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2004 - 06:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

> I could barley

Ha ha Peter! You have brewer's spelling disease. I'm a great speller but have a very hard time typing the word 'barely'. Also difficult to spell is the word 'yesterday'. It ends up 'yeasterday'.
 

Ric Heinz
Member
Username: Rheinz

Post Number: 128
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2004 - 07:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My beers always seem to be lacking body initially. A month later they seem to be fine.

I have no clue as to why this is.

Ric
Flatfender Brewing, NW Houston
 

Craig Johnson
Intermediate Member
Username: Californiacraig

Post Number: 282
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2004 - 09:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hank

If you got the room I would brew up another batch or two. My first few batches were gone within two weeks out of the fermenter so they never had a chance to age. It is nice to have one batch aging for a month or two and having one available to drink right now. You will probably notice that your last bottle is much better than the one you just opened. Have some patience.
 

Hank Perkins
Junior Member
Username: Why1504

Post Number: 62
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2004 - 10:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Can I do an all grain partial boil? My current kettle is only 20 quarts. If so do you have a recipe for this? Also if I do an AG partial what is the downside, am I better to stay DME?

Thanks!!!
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 1226
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2004 - 10:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hank, coincidentally, there is currently a thread that discusses just such a thing (all-grain partial-wort boils): http://hbd.org/discus/messages/1/26837.html?1100889885
 

Adam W
Intermediate Member
Username: Adam_w

Post Number: 337
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2004 - 11:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hank mentioned.....

"Auburn - Alabama Saturday 2:30 in HDTV"

Let's hope that Alabama is able to defend their home-turf and beat Auburn. One less undefeated team is always better when dealing with the BCS.

Adam Widera
University of Southern California Alumnus
 

Hank Perkins
Junior Member
Username: Why1504

Post Number: 63
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Saturday, November 20, 2004 - 03:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Adam,

Don't hold your breath on Alabama winning. 9 out of 10 times the favored team has won the best rivalry in college football. That indicates Auburn will win.

No Auburn fan discounts Alabama they most definitely can and might win.

It is unfortunate USC won't get challenged by Alabama at home next week instead of Notre Dame, I suspect the line would be quite a bit closer than it will be vs ND.

Anyway, WAR EAGLE!!

Third Generation AUBURN UNIVERSITY ALUMNUS
 

Hank Perkins
Junior Member
Username: Why1504

Post Number: 64
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Sunday, November 21, 2004 - 03:19 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The neighors came, they tasted, they liked, but all want to wait until we have more carbonation, still rather flat. And oh by the way Auburn won, 12-13 So a great day for me.

Thanks Again for the help.