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The Vesuvius Stout is wonderful at 2 weeks bottled (at one week was great). The first batch was good; this one I'd buy at the store. Looks, smells and tastes great and has an earned name to boot! I'm probably going to enter it in a homebrew contest in a couple weeks. Mostly for feedback and for a free ticket to the VIP craft beer party while the judging commences (and to meet some other brewers too). Probably not on target for the Irish Dry Stout category but it costs nothing to enter.

As far as brewing goes, I'm anxious to try my first all grain batch. I bought a second hand mash/lauter tun (cooler), a converted keg brew kettle and burner. I'll probably do a brown ale (coincidentally, the "suggested" recipe for all grain in Palmer's book is a brown ale so that's handy). I also want to try a barley wine and fruit wheat in the near future. May have to get a keg system.... have more desire to brew than storage/consumption capacity!

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