Another nube here diving into the obsession. After a lot of hem-hawing, researching and lurking these boards I bought this
And THB's 10th Anniversary IPA kit. This isn't my official first brew but the first on my own after only assisting once before many, many years ago.
So the questions, has anyone ever brewed this particular kit? How was it? Any deviations you can think of from the included instructions? I can send the instructions if anyone reads this and is interested, they're too big to attach.
There are a few particulars that I'm concerned about...to secondary or not to secondary? The instructions say that after the ferm is done (only a couple days is what it says?) that its ready to bottle, make an Oak Tea, mix in priming and bottle it. No mention secondary or dry hopping? Being my first batch, I'm inclined to follow the instructions and leave the experimentation for future batches since creativity always is a little more rampant after a few good home brews right?. Any thoughts?
I'm thinking of at least leaving in primary for 3 weeks and bottle (dry hop or not?) or secondary for a few weeks with adding the oak and maybe dry hopping on the last week? But being a complete dumbass to this, I might be thinking all wrong. Reasoning is that with the primary open another batch can get going and get a better quality out of the 10th Anni IPA. Again, open to and welcome any thoughts even if it's just "what a ass hat".
I'll likely being bottling this first batch because it was hard enough to get my lovely, beautiful, best wife in the world (she might read this )to let me start this madness. But will eventually turn the deep freeze that is never used to a kreezer monster of some kind.
Kit should be here tomorrow, thinking of brewing Saturday or Sunday so if anyone is in the area (middle of nowhere KS) and wants to have a couple crafts and laugh at a new guy let me know.
BTW, this is a great board. Thanks to all that make it that way and I hope that I'll be able to contribute to the next generation of home brewers down the road!