I'm in the USAF and I'm currently stationed in Korea. I came to the conclusion a few weeks ago that I really need a hobby to pass the time over here, so I took up beer making.
About three weeks ago I ordered the Coopers micro-brew kit along with their wheat beer kit. I mixed the ingredients together and followed the directions closely...well, excluding the part where I replaced the 300g of dextrose with 1.3kg of Honey. I know that is a grossly disproportionate amount of fermentable...but I wanted to experiment and boost the ABV a tad.
My OG landed roughly around 1054, smelled great, and the wort was at a perfect 25° C when I pitched my yeast. I kept a fairly steady temperature of 22° over the course of the fermentation process, however, there was a day or so where it dipped down to around 19° because for some reason the dorm managers thought it would be appropriate to turn off the building's heat in the dead of Korean winter.
Well, I bottled my first batch of beer today. It was an amazing feeling! It's been fermenting for 7 days now and had a sustained SG of 1011 for the last 2 days, so I think that ended up being my FG. I probably could have/should have let it sit for another 4-5 days...but I'm new and impatient haha.
I think i'm going to order another set of bottles so I can get to brewing my next batch right away. This is really addicting. I have the Coopers lager kit right now. Do any of you more experienced guys suggest modifying the recipe in any way? What do you think I should order for my next beer to brew(after the lager of course). Any suggestions, comments or advice would be more than welcome!
Thanks and I'm glad to be here...I can't wait to crack open my first home brew!