Originally Posted by FearKnowBeer
Yes i did, that is when i realized many of my errors. I just wish i would have read, but i was a little giddy. I mean we had 4-5 beers, had a grill going in the background, a turkey fryer (fire), a big pot of future beer cooking. Little things like warming the extract, hydrating the yeast, we sterilized the cook pot (then as it was cooking i was like, hmm wonder if the boiling water means we wasted our wash), i mean instead of pouring we siphoned the beer out after cooling. I read 'pouring' and i was like sh*t that would have been easier.. For a college educated son of a shop owner i thought i would have more common sense. I have rebuilt motors, hydraulic cylinders, but did not think that boiling water would sterilize a pot. I had fun, if its drinkable it will be better, if it is drinkable and tastes good even better yet.
Ever since i brewed that little extract kit i was like, i am going buy grain and do this. I have been scouring for recipes, and reading like crazy. Hopefully it goes well..
I would probably recommend doing at least a few more extract recipes to get your technique down as far as the boil goes. It can go a long way because when you're going All-Grain you're giving yourself more things that can go wrong. Might as well practice while you can. Enthusiasm is great though, hopefully if you go AG your effort is rewarded.
If those were your mistakes, you didn't make any too bad. I don't rehydrate my dried yeast, I know a lot of people don't. It can be beneficial if done right, but I don't know how to do that so I just do what the package says, add it to the fermenter. As far as sterilizing your pot, that's just wasted time, you learn those things as you go on. I used to have all kinds of time wasters and beer wasters. I'm now a bottle filling machine but when I started I took too long and spilled a healthy amount of wort on the floor. Now I'm much faster and much less wasteful.
Keep brewing keep learning and you'll get better. I can't believe the mistakes I made on my early batches and they were probably much more grievous than yours. Heck my second batch blew up on me.