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Home Brewing: First brew complete, on to the tasting and next brew!


Well, 1 month has passed as of yesterday since i made my first brew. I made a Cincinnati Pale Ale. So i got home, put it in the fridge, and started on my next brew.

I opened the beer. Sounds like beer!
I poured the beer. Looks like beer!
I tasted the beer. Tastes like beer!

It had a really good head on it when i poured. The clarity is what i expect for a pale ale. A good amber color, not too hazy. It had a slightly hoppy aroma and it taste great. According to the recipe, it should have resembled Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Well, it kind of did. It was hoppy but had a clean taste to it. The only thing i noticed from first taste, was that it lacked a bit of a bite after. I was afraid when i carb'd it that i wouldn't have enough carbonation. Though when i poured i had bubbles coming up through the whole beer. But by the time i was finishing my 2nd beer, i didn't notice any off flavors at all.

So overall, i think i did a pretty damn good job.

I also brewed a porter last night. Steeped the grains, then added the extract and started boiling. Well, i didn't pay attention because i was getting stuff in the house. Came back out, and my fire on my burner was out. So i looked around. I had a boilover. My heat was up way too high, and it boiled over, so i relit. Let it go, then the burner started catching on fire. I killed the heat took off the pot, and had to scrape gunk off the burner. Put pot back on. And continued brewing as normal.

I realized this brew, that the heat did not need to be fully cranked, i had it set pretty low, and had a nice rolling boil all the way through and had no boil overs from hop additions.

Once i was done i started cooling, well... i had a Wyeast london ale slap pack, i slapped the pack and then read the back, didn't know i was supposed to wait 3 hours.
So i just continued on, and pitched an hour later.

My porter is fermenting now. Last night i had a good head going on, but i look this morning, and the foam is starting to subside. I'm using my freezer with my johnson digital temp controller. I'm having problems.

I have my setpoint at 65 (suggested fermentation temperature) and my differential on 3 degrees. Well, after i checked it again, the temp last night, it was at 59. Apparently the freezer is kicking on and when it shuts off the temp drops too low. How do i set my temp controller right? Should i set my differential lower, to 1 degree? I don't believe i quite understand what the differential does.







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My brother brews a lot of beer. Most of it is outstanding.





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Nice work on the beer.

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I have my setpoint at 65 (suggested fermentation temperature) and my differential on 3 degrees. Well, after i checked it again, the temp last night, it was at 59. Apparently the freezer is kicking on and when it shuts off the temp drops too low. How do i set my temp controller right? Should i set my differential lower, to 1 degree? I don't believe i quite understand what the differential does.



The reason that it has a 3 degree span is so the freezer motor doesnt burn up by turning on and off really quickly. Most likely your beer did not get to 59. I would be content with setting the temp maybe a little higher if you notice this problem again with the next beer. Or you could just slowly have the temp increase to ensure that the porter finishes fermenting.






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Congrats on finishing your first batch. I'm not sure how to use the temp controller, but I knoew a few people on here have been using them for some time. Hopefully they chime in soon.

Side note: You still have that cube icechest with the cutout? I need one and haven't had the time to make one. I'll take it off your hands if interested.






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BugAC
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Side note: You still have that cube icechest with the cutout? I need one and haven't had the time to make one. I'll take it off your hands if interested.


Yeah i still have it. But i'm going to keep it in case i want to ferment a lager in my freezer and an ale at the same time. But Academy has them for 30 bucks.






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Whooooooooooooooooo! Home brew talk!

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i slapped the pack and then read the back, didn't know i was supposed to wait 3 hours.


I have never waited that long. I usually take it out as I kill the fire. By the time I'm ready to pitch, thetemp has risen a good bit in the pack.

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Last night i had a good head going on, but i look this morning, and the foam is starting to subside


I assume you still have an airlock on the carboy, right? Is it still bubbling?



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Had to ask. I have one at home already, just havent had the time to cut the hole.


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Congrats on your first batch. Just bottled my second batch on Sunday. I thought mine tasted pretty good warm and flat. So I'm really looking forward to popping a cap soon.





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BugAC
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I assume you still have an airlock on the carboy, right? Is it still bubbling?


well i have a blowoff tube attached to the airlock right now






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The only thing i noticed from first taste, was that it lacked a bit of a bite after.


Try adding 2 Tsp of gypsum salt to the boil. It will brighten up the hops.






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well i have a blowoff tube attached to the airlock right now


End of the tube submerged in water, right? Hoping it's not just exposed to air.






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