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Old 02-13-2014, 09:39 PM   #1
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Default Wife got me 1G Brooklyn Brew Shop kit

Been into craft beer for pry almost 9 years. Don't know why I never really looked into any of the kits. So wifey got me this. Searching on here saw various recommendations of what else to use/add. The kit comes with: grain/hops/yeast, racking cane, thermometer, tubing clamp, glass fermenting jug, cleanser, airlock, clear vinyl tubing, screw-cap stopper.

Says it needs six quart pot (have a nice set and pretty sure my large one is at least 6 quart), fine mesh strainer (don't have), and funnel (guessing any funnel will do?)

Anything extra I should use? I read people saying to get an auto-siphon, and then I saw a bottle filler. Which should I get?
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Bottle Filler

It already comes with a thermometer, but saw people mention a hydrometer and fermometer as well? And would a swamp cooler be need for this? I keep the house generally 76-77, though windows open right now and a/c off since it's cooler for next few days and we live on the water so get that nice breeze. But if it's hot, 76-77 generally, since it should be below 70 for the beer, guessing a swamp cooler is a good idea?

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Old 02-13-2014, 10:06 PM   #2
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Well, you need both. If you want to bottle, you need the filler. You have to syphon to rack to a bottling bucket, normally. Congrats on your first brew!

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Hydrometer is a must to cut out a lot of guess work during the fermentation. Read up on them and then buy one. It'll save you a lot of wondering.

The auto siphon just makes things easier as does the bottle filler. The process is possible without them but if you plan on pursuing this hobby you will want them.

As for your temp its a bit warm for most brews. Lagers of course ferment ideally in the low 50's and ales 60-70 though most suggest the low end of that range. Both will definitely ferment at your ambient temperature but having temperatures that are too high can cause off flavors and very active fermentations which can cause it to foam up and cause a mess. Swamp cooler would be a good choice to maintain the right temp.

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If you like brewing and continue with one gal kits, get a muslin bag to put your grains in during mash.


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Also- last year my wife gave me a BBS kit for valentines day. I've been hooked since!


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I got the same kit for my birthday from my wife. Definitely recommend the auto siphon. Also, I did my first couple kits using the strainer method in the instructions, but ended up with low efficiencies and really cloudy brews, with deep trub cakes. I scoured the net and built a 2 gallon mash/lauter tun and my next brew (Chocolate Porter) was phenomenal, smaller trub, cleaner brew, and it had a punch. Since then, Ive expanded by 3 more gal. Carboys with a 1 week rotation and tomorrow, Im heading out to a HBS to pick up a 3 gallon setup and ingredients for a Shocktop clone. Welcome to the addiction....just have fun!

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I got the same kit for my birthday from my wife. Definitely recommend the auto siphon. Also, I did my first couple kits using the strainer method in the instructions, but ended up with low efficiencies and really cloudy brews, with deep trub cakes. I scoured the net and built a 2 gallon mash/lauter tun and my next brew (Chocolate Porter) was phenomenal, smaller trub, cleaner brew, and it had a punch. Since then, Ive expanded by 3 more gal. Carboys with a 1 week rotation and tomorrow, Im heading out to a HBS to pick up a 3 gallon setup and ingredients for a Shocktop clone. Welcome to the addiction....just have fun!

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Is this what you made -> 2 Gallon Mash/Lauter or did you follow something else? Finding lots of tips before I start, somehow when I searched originally I didn't notice the huge BBS thread lol. Looks like people say to use 2tbs honey instead of 3 as you'll risk the bottles exploding... don't think wifey would be happy lol
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Apologize for not getting back to your question faster. I added a pic of what I made. As far as the question about honey for bottling, yes, my 1st experience with the 3 TBP of honey, I had gushers. It could have been imcomplete fermentation because the beer was really sweet, but since I have reduced to 2 TBSp and my carb seems perfect on my last 2 batches.


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Oh no problem, thanks!

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