Ok, just figured I'd post... I started a few weeks back with a Mr. Beer, turned out terrible. So I figured I'd jump right into the real homebrew. I did however mix up some Apfelwein directly onto the Mr Beer yeast cake and its doing very well.
So, I picked up a kit (fermenting bucket, bottling bucket, and all the fixins). Brewed up a Brown Ale extract with specialty grains. The house smelled wonderful, the only issue I ran into was getting the wort temp down to pitchable.
Would it be ok to freeze a gallon of water, then sanitize the bottle and use it to cool the wort down? I boiled 2 gallons, and had three almost frozen gallons of bottled water for the remainder of the wort. But it just didn't cool down fast enough.
Anyway, its bubbling away very well... had good activity by Saturday morning (probably earlier), slowed down a bit, but I swirled it and it picked back up.
Already got big plans for the next batch (barleywine)....
addicting to say the least