Originally Posted by Cold71
The current kit I have has a total time of 80 minutes between turning the heat on for the first time and turning it off to cool the wort. I would assume that wouldn't be considered rushing things? Any preference on using a glass carboy vs the bucket? Also is there any time I should not expose the wort to air to check the gravity?
I'm not quite understanding your first question, are there any crushed malts that need to be steeped before the boil? ie crushed grains that you need to put in a sack and let that steep for 25-30 mins at 150-170 degrees.
Or is it only extracts and hops in your kit? If you only ahve extract and hops, then thats about right, a little while to heat up the water to boiling, then a 60 min boil.
Get an ice bath ready about 10-15 minutes left in the boil to let the water temp in the ice bath to get really low, and then when the 60 minutes are up, put the pot into the water. Are you doing full boil or 3 gallon boil with cold top of water?
I always use some top off water to cool the wort even more before adding the yeast. Once you are at or below 70*, toss in you yeast ( dry yeast im guessing? you can rehydrate that), seal the cap, and put on your airlock.
What are you brewing up? Yes once you get past your first time brewing it'll be easy, and you'll say 'piece of cake'!
Start thinking about your next brew!