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Old 01-11-2012, 07:48 PM   #1
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Default Hello from Chicago 'burbs!

Santa finally delivered me a 2 bucket starter kit for me this year. After saying I wanted to get into this for a while, I now have no excuses.

Starter kit is your basic 2 bucket system, with the basic accessories ( hydrometer, thermometer, tubing, spigots, stopper, airlock ). I also picked up ( and read cover to cover ) Palmer's "How to Brew". Have Papizan's books coming as well.

Discovered that I've got a Brew and Grow store about a mile from my house, so that's quite convenient.

I'm lucky to have a very supportive and understanding SWMBO, who let's me make messes in the kitchen as long as I clean them up ( and let her drink the beer I'm making )

I've got my first brew about 4 days into primary, and I'm discovering how hard it is to wait! I used a slightly altered all-extract partial boil APA recipe.

So far I've experienced a couple firsts:

- First boilover.
- First scorched LME.
- First panic over lack of signs of fermentation. ( until I read the don't panic thread, and stopped. )
- First airlock bubbleover. ( cleaned and replaced, now happily bubbling away )

Eagerly anticipating sampling my first homebrew, and already plotting my next recipe and deciding what equipment I need to acquire next!

Glad to become a part of the community here, look forward to learning a LOT, and hopefully in time able to give something back.

-Chris

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Old 01-11-2012, 08:04 PM   #2
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Welcome! It's easy to get bitten with the brewing bug. Especially with all the awesome breweries we have around us.

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Old 01-11-2012, 08:06 PM   #3
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Welcome from a fellow Burbite (Clarendon Hills..)

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Old 01-11-2012, 08:25 PM   #4
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What up Coredumpster! I've been to Crystal Lake Health Food Store a few times...they do have a pretty decent selection for a small little shop!

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Old 01-11-2012, 08:27 PM   #5
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Bought that same APA kit from there and have in in my secondary right now.....

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Old 01-11-2012, 08:32 PM   #6
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Welcome from another 'burb brewer!

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