I figured since this would be my first attempt at brewing I would log the experience. This will help me as my memory tends to be lacking. And if I get some help along the way it might even help other newbies that happen across this thread.
As with anything new I get into I have tried to do my research first. I have spent a few weeks reading, listening to brew related podcasts and watching tons of videos. But even if I did make a mistake I guess I wouldn't know till I tested the end product unless someone more knowledgeable than myself happened by to say," Hey that shouldn't be like that." But till then this is what I am doing.
Where to start.... Equipment I guess.
I have a couple 4.5gal HDPE #2 jugs I plan on using for fermentation. Then stopped by the LHBS and got a vial of WLP775 English Cider Yeast, airlock w/ stopper, and some sanitizer. I already had some equipment used for canning and such, pressure cooker, funnel, mason jars, ect.
So I got what I need to get going, but I'm nervous and don't want to mess stuff up. After all I have like $14 invested here. LOL So I read some more, check out all I can find on starters, watch a few videos on them and then 3 days later I decide to start one.
Pulled my liquid yeast from the fridge before I went to work. When I got home I washed and sanitized everything. Placed a Qt of apple juice on to boil and diluted it a bit with a cup of water. Just as it came to a boil I pulled it and allowed to cool in the pot in an ice bath. With my sterilized instant read thermometer I wait for the must/wort? to get below 75° as the vial from White Labs says this is the high end of the viable temp range. Once it gets below 75° I transfer the juice to a 1/2 gallon glass jar, whose plastic screw lid has been prepared by drilling a 1/4" hole in it and packing this hole with polyfill to act as an air filter.
Now it's time to pitch the yeast. I dump the vial and watch it swirl up in a neat looking cloud. I seal it up with a non-prepped but sterilized lid and swirl/shake it to get it all mixed well then put the filter lid on it and sit it to the side.
This is what it looked like right after pitching the yeast and mixing it up.
24hrs later when I come home from work this is what it looks like.
The yeast has settled a bit into what looks like 2 layers.
But I still see small bubbles breaking the surface much like a soda pop so I know it's still going. So I gave it a little swirl and put it back in the dark.