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Old 11-10-2010, 05:23 PM   #1
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Default Preparing for first Brew Day

Okay, soI'm preparing for my first Brew day Saturday, and I want to double check to make sure I have everything I need.

Here's what i have:

Brew kit with Ale pail, bottling bucket, and the accessories
32 Quart turkey fryer (not sure if I'll use propane or the stove yet)
Igloo cooler for ice bath
vodka for air lock
Beer for me to drink while brewing

I'm purchasing the Brewer's Best porter extract kit and a long spoon tonight.

Any suggestions would be helpful



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Old 11-10-2010, 05:29 PM   #2
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looks like your all set. Just be sure to sanitize sanitize sanitize! Get that liquid starsan stuff. go ahead and get a big bottle, cause when you start brewing you will probably be doing it a lot!

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Old 11-10-2010, 06:31 PM   #3
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Yeah, the Ale Pail came with sanitizer, but I'm guessing it won't last long.

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Old 11-10-2010, 06:37 PM   #4
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Go easy on the beer drinking too! I sober brewed, and saved the beer for after, my first time.

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Old 11-10-2010, 06:45 PM   #5
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If you're going to be doing a full 5 gallon boil, I'd use the propane. Most people's kitchen stoves cannot produce enough BTUs to bring and keep 5 gallons at a boil.

Also, don't leave the lid on the pot during the boil.

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Old 11-10-2010, 07:04 PM   #6
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Thanks for the tip, Skaggz!

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Good luck Hartski. I did my first brew almost 2 weeks ago and am looking forward to bottling soon and starting my next batch!

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Old 11-10-2010, 08:05 PM   #8
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Now allI have to do is drink a bunch of Sam Adams so I have enough bottles ready by the time I need to bottle.


If I wanted to add flavors like vanilla or chocolate, would I add it at the boil, or during fermentation?

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Old 11-10-2010, 08:15 PM   #9
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Yeah, the Ale Pail came with sanitizer, but I'm guessing it won't last long.
Make sure that is sanitzer, not just cleanser.
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Make sure that is sanitzer, not just cleanser.
I'll double check when i get home.


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