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Old 01-10-2008, 07:54 PM   #1
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I'm so excited, I'm itching!

My kit came in today. It's the "Everything" kit from Midwest with Irish Stout extract.

Here's what I got.

Equipment
*4 gallon stainless Steel brew kettle with vented lid. Kinda thin, but that may be OK since I'm using an old electric stove. I won't use the lid for brewing.
*Pale Ale fermenter, lid with grommeted hole and 3 piece air lock
*Tube
*Racking cane
*Dispenser
*Clip
*Bottling bucket, drilled, with valve
*2 cases of brown glass bottles, minus 1 that came broken. Can't blame Midwest. The box was packaged to a T.
*Caps
*Triple scale hydrometer
*Hey, where's my thermometer? Oh, here it is. It's one of those stick on types.
*Wing bottle caper
*Brush
*8 oz LD Carlson no rinse easy clean, dry
*Books and DVDs

Extract Ingredients
*Midwest liquid 100% barley malt extract, dark, 1/2 gallon
*1 package (about a pound or so) of dry oat meal and bird seed. No feathers. Crushed grains is what this is. Man, this looks like something I would eat.
*1 clean sock, uni-sex. It's a grain bag.
*A few lines of Columbian Marching Powder. It's gypsum. Do I need this if my water is not hard?
*5 oz LD Carlson priming sugar. That's all it says. It's stark white and almost as fine as confectioners sugar.
*1 oz Midwest Willamette pellet hops, alpha acid 4.8%
*1 oz LD Carlson nugget pellet hops, alpha acid 12.5%.
All the hops are vacuum sealed in a bag like what circuit boards come in.
*6 grams Muntons active brewing yeast, dry (E491)?

The ingredients were not packaged in ice but were in the ss kettle and ice cold. They must keep the extract refrigerated.

OK, OK, OK! I gotta get brewin'. Well, start my starter.

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Old 01-10-2008, 10:05 PM   #2
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Starter

*1 fifth sized empty glass bottle with cap. It's a Jagermeister bottle. I don't have a stopper for that so I poked two small holes in the cap and twist tied a plastic baggy over it. The foam pad from the cap has been removed. Crude, yet hopefully effective.
*Sauce pot
*Pyrex measuring cup
*Roughly 2 cups water
*1 cup of the LME the kit came with
*2 TBS brown sugar. Hey, why not?
*6 oz yeast from the kit

Once the water was boiling, I took it off the heat. The LME was so thick that I sat the Pyrex cup of it in the boiled water so it would pour easier. That worked great. 1 TBS of brown sugar added. Then, I stirred it some and put the pot back on medium heat. I didn't want to burn it. I stirred like I was making a rue and slowly increased the heat to medium high. After 15 minutes of boiling, I took it off the heat.

The pot was placed into the sink with cold water and ice until luke warm/sorta coolish to the touch. Another TBS of brown sugar was added and stirred. My pot has a pour easy lip so I poured it into the measuring cup, 2 1/2 cups, there about.

That was poured into the bottle, 6 oz of yeast added, caped and shaken like mad. Like "This is Sparta!" mad! After that, I twist tied the plastic baggy over the cap with some room for off gassing. The starter in now in the brew closet away from light.

Looka that foam! 2 inches and it's held for 20 minutes.
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Old 01-10-2008, 10:13 PM   #3
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Congrats on your first brewing adventure!! A couple things to take note of:

- If you don't know the make up of your water supply, don't mess with it. a.k.a no gypsum.

- You don't need to make a starter with dry yeast. Just rehydrate it in some water. In the future I'd skip the Munton's yeast and buy either a good dry yeast (SafAle, Nottingham, etc.) or a nice liquid yeast from Wyeast or White Labs (then you can make a starter).

- One of my buddies made Midwest's Irish Stout extract kit and it made a really great beer!

- Hope your ready for one hell of a hobby!

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Old 01-10-2008, 10:18 PM   #4
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OK, since I can't get the pic to load up from Photobucket in any size other than GIGANTIC, even after resizing, here it is.

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I gots teh fermentations! After about 2 hours, the plastic baggy was inflated and I still have foam I took off the baggy, shook out the carbon dioxide and put it back on. There will be a stopper and air lock on the next starter.

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So will it be Troll Stout?

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I've already violated the ingredients and instructions, so yeah, I guess I could call it my own thing. Troll Stout

According to this book I just read, Home Beer Making by William Moore, I got it wrong on gypsum. The book says gypsum is to increase water hardness, not decrease water hardness. I'll call the water department in the morning and see what the hardness is around here.

Oh look, you're going to do an Irish Stout. Stay tuned.

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Hard water is a must for Irish stouts. I would use it since most cities soften the water so you don't get spots on you dishs and your soap will lather.

Also is that a War Craft 2 name?

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World of, actually. Blizzard built in a lot of cross over, so it could be from WC2, too. Starcraft was the last Blizzard strategy game I played.

I poured some of that LME on a spoon and ate it. It's not for eating.

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I poured some of that LME on a spoon and ate it. It's not for eating.
That thought would have never even crossed my mind, but you do realize that now my morbid curiosity will require me to test this for myself
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