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Old 05-28-2008, 07:49 PM   #1
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True Brew "Red Ale". Here's my setup, outdoors because I just know I'll make a mess.



Brought almost 2 gallons of spring water to a boil, then turned off the heat and dropped in the sock with an unknown quantity of Weyermann Melanoidin Malt, 2 row barley malt. Let that steep for 25 minutes and discarded the sock.

Brought it back to a boil, then took it off the heat to add 1.5 kilos of Hopped Light malt extract and 1.5 kilos of Light malt extract, cutting myself on a can lid.

Back onto the flame, where it promptly boiled over. I put it on and off the heat until it stopped boiling over, then set a timer for 25 minutes per the directions. A few minutes later I finally remembered to put in half of the 1 ounce of Liberty hop pellets.



While that was going on, I made up a sanitizing solution (C-Star. I think) in a fresh bucket and soaked my airlock, thermometer and hydrometer. At about 5 minutes to go I put a bunch of the solution in my primary fermenter and thoroughly swished it around and rinsed everything off.

When the timer went off I put the other half of the hop pellets in and set the timer for 1 more minute. Then down into a sink full of cold water for a few minutes.





to be continued...

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The wort was then added to almost 3 gallons of spring water in my primary fermenter bucket. I added almost another gallon to bring it up to the 5 gallon mark on the bucket.



After the temperature finally came down below 90F I took a hydrometer reading at 86F - 11.5 / 1.044 / 6%. Then I pitched the yeast, gave it 10 minutes and stirred once with a sanitized spoon. Snap on the lid, put the airlock on and fill with water. As you can see, I was careful to have some good beer on hand to keep me company.



Then came time to clean up. Oh, the humanity!



Lots of fun, and can't wait to do my next batch I'll likely start the second batch shortly after this one gets into the secondary then go out and pick up another carboy.

Thanks to all who gave advice and encouragement, and any more of either is welcome!

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Nice job...looks like it went smoothly. The only advice I can give is get more carboys/buckets. Believe me, you'll be hooked very soon if not already, and end up with something like this...



or this...



or this...

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Sounds like a good brew day. I might suggest when you pull out the grain bag, place it in a funnel and pour a quart of hot water over it to rinse some of the sweet goodness from the grains into your wort. In other words a quick sparge. Now don't open that lid every hour!

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Evan, I have a bad feeling that's going to be my basement in a few short weeks

Thanks, Milhouse, I'll do that for the next batch.

I just watched Bobby M's video on reading a hydrometer. Pretty cool stuff. So adjusting my reading for 84F, that's 1.047. The True Brew's instructions say OG should be 1.052-1.054. Does that mean anything to me? Should I have done something differently?

If I understood the video correctly, I'd be looking for a FG of 1.03 then - OG / 15, yes? That's when I'd rack to my secondary?

Thanks again!

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Lookin' good! If I understood correctly though you steeped your grains in boiling water? Next time do your steeping at ~155-160F and do a small sparge like Milhouse suggested, that way you get all the goodness but none of the badness.

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Well, my brew is merrily bubbling away. I must have done something right

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Lookin' good! If I understood correctly though you steeped your grains in boiling water? Next time do your steeping at ~155-160F and do a small sparge like Milhouse suggested, that way you get all the goodness but none of the badness.
Thanks for the tip. I was following the directions in the kit, which say to come up to a full boil, take it off the heat and toss the grain in.

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I have that very turkey fryer.
I hate the timer, and I got jipped and didn't get the shelf. Works good though.


Great job. Welcome to the obsession.

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Today is the second full day in the fermenter, and I don't see any more bubbles in the airlock. Is this normal? Is it possible that the 64-68F temperature in my basement is too cool?

I don't mind waiting, but I don't want to wait if nothing's going to happen

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Have a read through this thread. It should put your mind at ease AND keep you from staring at the airlock.

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