My First Batch - EVER!
Posted Mar 30th 2011 | By:
Preface: Now I'm not really that interested in anyone bashing my newbe techniques or getting all high-brow brewer on me. I do this for fun and hope you do too - although I know some take this matter VERY serious. Cheers to you serious homebrewer! I'm sure your beer is awesome. I'm a long-time craft beer fan. First introduced to craft beer back in the early 90's. A company I worked for had a number of road warriors who would frequent the West Coast. The would return w/ tales of amazing elixirs they would happen upon while performing their duties for the company in the Northern states out there. It wasn't until this month that I actually try to make my own. Although I have had the pleasure of sampling a number of homebrews from friends over the years. My wife got me a nice kit from The Weekend Brewer (out local shop) for Christmas. The kit came w/ a nice glass primary and secondary, a bottling bucket and lots of cool gadgets and she also got a American Amber Ale kit "Big Sky" (powder extract and a small bag of grain). I augmented my kit with home-made counter-flow wort chiller. That was fun to make and I learned a cool trick for getting the 3/8" copper tube through the garden hose. I'd read a number of posts on how to make one and this seemed to be the hard part for most. I attached a one end of the hose to the hot water heater outlet and turned the water on while I fed the tube through the other end. Worked great. That said, the following are the notes I took as I journaled my progress. Hope you find something of interest. Check out the comment below!