First Contact Dark Ale

As the name implies, this was my first attempt at homebrew.

I told the guy at DeFalco's that I liked Shiner Bock. This is the kit they gave me.

Having absolutely no clue what I was doing, I pretty much followed the directions. The result turned out pretty good. It has been compared to "Sam Adams, with a little less bubbles".


Initial 1.040
Transfer 1.016
Final 1.004
4.73% ABV How is this calculated?


3.75 lbs Cooper's Dark Hopped Liquid Malt Extract
2.0 lbs Brewers grade corn syrup
0.5 oz Tettnanger Hops
1 tsp water salts
1 tsp Bru-vigor yeast nutrient
1 packet (7.0 g) Coopers dry ale yeast
.75 cup corn sugar (for priming)


Bring 2 gallons of water to a boil and remove from heat.
Disolve malt extract and corn syrup, then return to a boil.
Add hops and water salts, and continue rolling boil for 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and imerse boiling kettle in ice-water bath.
Cool wort to about 70 degrees and add to primary fermenter.
Fill fermenter with enough water to make 5 gallons.
Add yeast and nutrient
Cover fermenter, add airlock, and let sit for 5 days.
Transfer to glass fermenter for 7 more days.
Disolve priming sugar in 1 cup boiling water.
Add disolved sugar to primary fermenter and siphon beer from glass to primary.
Bottle and store for 2 weeks before chilling.

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