Just brewed today, finally had the time to do it. I wasn't able to find the specific amber malt needed so I mixed victory and C40 (I know I know I should have just ordered it online) anyway the color looked great and smelled amazing. Mashed at ~152 for 60 min, sparged at 170. Got a preboil of about 6.5 in the end had little over 5 in the fermentor. Starting gravity of 1.082 not sure what the efficiency calculation is but I'm happy with it. Was also unable to find amarillo hops (had no problem finding simcoe or warrior though odly) so I subbed with centennial figured it was a good substitute, would love to hear others opinions since I've never used amarillo before. Oh and Simcoe might be the best smelling hops I've ever opened, can't wait to dry hop with them.
I pitched two packs of S-04 around 8pm tonight and it's just after 1am and I'm getting bubbles. I'm also trying the fermentor in a bucket with water and an ice pack trick. Seems to be pretty good, it's hanging around 70 right now, I'll throw a fresh one in in the morning.