What's up everyone?
So, I finally received everything today! This is the kit I ordered from Midwest Supplies
. I have to say I am most pleased with my order and the way it was handled. If you consider how much everything weighed and the time it took to get here, then the shipping cost wasn't bad at all. I think the only thing that could make this kit better would be an additional airlock as it only has one.
Anyways, I have some basic newb questions that I need to ask to reassure im doing things right.
Does the LME need to be refrigerated? I know the yeast should be. Is there a good way to tell the yeast is good in quality. The kit had Munton's Brewer's Yeast in a small yellow package. For some reason, I expected more and I thought it was going to be liquid.
It came with some sort of sanitizer (LD Carlson Company 'Easy Clean', No Rinse Cleaner)... is this sufficient for my first batch or should I do some sort of other cleaning/sanitization process since its brand new gear?
It came with hop pellets, grains, and some sort of muslin bag (I think). Is it better to use the bag for both pellets and grains or just drop 'em in and then filter via a strainer.
I have heard arguments both for and against primary and then secondary fermentation. I have the gear to do both, so should I do both? Or just give primary only for the first go around?
Is there a website or video on youtube that shows how to use the autosiphon properly and easily?
And finally... what is something good for soaking beer bottles in to remove old labels?
I think I could figure this all out on my own, but this is kind of my way in learning and truly understanding something.
I will post some pics of my gear once I get things going.