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zombiejellyfish 09-24-2007 03:45 PM

Brewday 9-22 -- My First!
 
My first brewday! Northern Brewer's Honey Kolsch. Figured it would be a good entrance to hombrewing, as most of my friends and my gf drink utter crap for beer, i need to start them off light.

Gathering ingredients:
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Set us up the pot! (check out my awesome brewpot I got at Home Depot for $15! It's a 30qt basket for a turkey fryer)
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The Boil. Not much chance of a boilover, eh? I wonder how much more liquid I could fit in next time:
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zombiejellyfish 09-24-2007 03:46 PM

Chill out (I didn't have a lid for the pot, so I sanitized some aluminum foil)

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Then everything happened all at once with no one to take pics of it, so it's all together here:

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It looks like it's running a little warm (yeast tops out at 78deg according to the package), but bubbling wonderfully, so we'll see if it cools off today.

ohiobrewtus 09-24-2007 04:19 PM

Congrats on getting your first batch in the fermenter. It looks like all went well.

PseudoChef 09-24-2007 06:38 PM

Wrap it in a wet towel and throw some ice packs around it. If I'm thinking correctly, Kolsh yeast work better (provide a crisper, smoother end product) when on the cooler side of things.

Good job, though!

LykeAFox 09-25-2007 01:57 AM

Welcome to the club

zombiejellyfish 09-25-2007 02:07 PM

Thanks for the wet towel tip! I have it nicely cooled to a balmy 70degrees.

brewt00l 09-25-2007 03:52 PM

Nice stuff...I know many folks like to ferment Kolsh yeast a bit lower in temp. How are you set for lagering it?

DeathBrewer 09-25-2007 05:07 PM

yeah, it will still be a good beer, but the cooler the better...i keep mine at about 60. also, don't forget to age that kolsch...they have a kinda sulfur taste at first, but don't worry...in a month or so it'll be really good! ;)

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