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I couldn't hold my curiosity any longer, this afternoon i came home and put a bottle of my first extract brew in the fridge and i am currently enjoying :)

Its only been in the bottle for 1.5 weeks, so its a bit young, but i couldn't help it!

the verdict..

Its good.. like better than i hoped for.. already! malty, not too sweet, great aroma, almost has head retention too :)

its an McIrish McAle BTW :)

its a little bit hazy.. but you get that.. hoping it will clear up a little.. now all i have to do is try not to drink it all in the next week :)

Sorry bore you all, but i had to tell someone :)
 

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GSRman

Nice one....bring some to the next meeting and i will bring some of my first Robust Porter...

Congrats...
And Happy :chug:
 

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Having tried another bottle since the last one, i was a bit dismayed... i'd been at the pub drinking megaswill and when i first tasted my little baby i thought it wasn't as good as i had thought..

but its okay, once my taste buds had returned to normal, it was all good :)

this one seemed less, but still cloudy..
 

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GSRman,

Did my first extract brew on the weekend and like you can't wait to see how it turns out. Sounds like yours has gone really well. Well done! Mine's a bastardised 'Czech style' lager attempt. I'm well aware I won't probably get anywhere near the real thing, especially first go but it's worth a try. It was my first boil as well. Heaps more fun than chucking a kit in the fermenter. Just hope it tastes as good and hopefully better!

Gough
 

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heheh what sort of volume did you boil?

i boiled about 12L i think.. the one that i tasted was done on the kitchen sink.. .the one thats in the fermenter now was done on a double ring burner... (that always sounds painful)

im never *EVER* boiling more than a starter on the kitchen sink ever again..
 

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My boil was 11 litres. Took a while on the stove but wasn't too bad 'cause we've got a gas stove. Where did you get your burner by the way?? How much? Worth it?

Gough
 

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we have ahd the burner for quite some time... i have no idea where that one came from,

i did however buy one from my scout group, and i think it was around the 30-40 mark... but i'd probably suggest going up to the 3 ring version.. :)
 

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Thanks for that. Might see if I can get one soon, although money's a bit tight at the moment. Just out of interest, how do you calculate boil volume - water volume only or including ingredients? My volume was 11 litres water + 3kg lme + .125kg wheat dme + hops. Just interested in terms of following recipes etc. I've always figured boil volume was given as water only because working it out after converting additives to litres was a bit tricky. Anyway, good luck with the next one!

Gough.
 

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i took a stab in the dark at the 12L boil.. i didn't calculate it at all :)


i had about 11L left when i poured it into the fermenter..
 

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