Specific First Brew Q!
I've been reading this forum for awhile now, learning a lot, and I'm finally ready to brew! I just have two lingering questions I could use some help with...
1. Long story short, I have exactly 37 days to brew, is that enough time to go from extract kit to bottled product?
2. Heres a list of what I have / plan to buy, am I missing anything? Are there any items I can do with out? (Very tight, college budget)
- 5 gallon glass carboy
- 5 gallon kettle
Plan To Buy:
- 48 glass bottles/caps
- Sanitizing agent
- Bottle filler
- Racking cane and tubing
- Food grade bottling bucket
- Pliny the elder extract kit, from morebeer
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, I'd love to hear everyone's thought's and input on the matter. I can't wait to start this new hobby!
6.5/7.0 gal fermenter your 5 gal is great as a secondary but is too small for fermentation. its going to most likely blow out the top. if you cant get one cuz of budget use a blow off set up
37 days is plenty of time.
for me the brew goes from the brewpot to the bottle in 21 days, or less.
1 week primary
2 weeks secondary (if i'm using it).
bottle at 21 days, and then 3 weeks in the bottle.
for equipment, you need to get a hydrometer and flask, and a turkey baster (to pull samples).
and with using a 5 gallon carboy, you ABSOLUTELY want to invest in a blow-off tube, or you will be investing in cleaning supplies.
With only 37 days, you better get brewing. Figure 2 weeks to ferment, and another 2 weeks for your bottles to carbonate.
Your equipment is shy instruments. Minimum you'll need a thermometer and a hydrometer ($10-$15 at the most).
That should be enough time to brew, ferment, dryhop and bottle. I don't think it will be enough time to brew, bottle, and condition properly.
Fermenting in a 5 gallon carboy is going to be pretty tight especially for that big beer. Perhaps you could ferment in the bottling bucket and then move it for secondary to your carboy.
Also might i suggest you get some oxiclean free to clean your gear once you are done. There is a dollar store alternative (used to be Sun something) but they changed it up recently.
I would think you will need more than 2 weeks to properly bottle condition this beer. Sure it may take two weeks to ferment but you still need to dryhop for 2-3 weeks. So you need to weigh that in as well.
With all of those little things you have to get what are you looking at cost wise? Most of that stuff came with my first brew kit that I bought. I spent 75-80 bucks on it? It may be more cost effective for you to just buy a brand new kit? As I am still very new to this I am really not sure of exact prices and also I know that its going to fluctuate a little by store but it may be something worth looking into.
And as a side note I just picked up a beer thief from my local home brew shop the other day and I wanna say it was 8-12 bucks or something like that? I've seen people use them on brew day videos as well as checking FG and it seems to work really nice. Can't wait to use mine!
spring-tip bottling wand and NOT a gravity-tip
last bottling session, before I got my spring-tip, I lost a FULL BOTTLE of beer from the gravity-tip sticking open.
ONE WHOLE BOTTLE
btw... 37 days is long enough to brew it, ferment it, and bottle it, but probably not long enough to also drink it., unless you want to drink it "young".
so, it depends how long you will be gone, and whether you have someone to keep an eye on the brew for you while you are gone.
While we are on the subject of time. And I know this has to have been touched on before, but I am going to ask anyway. What is optimal time for a beer to age? I know that its gonna vary by style but if you guys had to average out the time from brew day/primary/secondary(if you use a secondary)/bottling/ to actually drinking what would you be averaging?
In bottle peak age:
Nut brown ale 4-6 weeks
Porter 4-6 weeks
Standard stout 3-5 weeks
ESB 4-6 weeks
Bitter 3-5 weeks
Mild 3-5 weeks
IPA 3-5 weeks
Hope that's helpful.
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