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esvoytko 07-26-2012 04:51 PM

First ever brew day with photos!
 
Yesterday was my first brew day. I think it went relatively well, although be on the lookout for the ubiquitous "my fermentation is stalled" thread in about 24 hours! I kid, I kid. I brewed an ESB, by the way.

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It's totally normal to organize your ingredients like this, right? Right.

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Stirring the malt into the mash.

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Tea towels for impromptu insulation.

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Commencing liquor-grist separation.

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Sparging.

http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/364/brew6.jpg
Hot break ahoy!

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One gallon batch = kitchen sink ice bath reaches 70 degrees in about 5 minutes.

http://img855.imageshack.us/img855/8255/brew8.jpg
All done!

Comments and questions welcome!

Beer-lord 07-26-2012 04:57 PM

Looks like you've made beer!

kh54s10 07-26-2012 04:59 PM

Lookin' good!

I lay out my ingredients in a similar way except I label them by the time (minutes left) that they go into the boil. And I brew all grain so the base and crystal would be milled into my grain bucket together.

If you haven't thought about fermentation temperature, I would find a place to control the temperature of the fermentation in the low to mid sixties. A bucket with some water in the bottom and bottles of ice. "swamp cooler"

Double_D 07-26-2012 05:00 PM

Nice. I like the pasta pot lauter tun!

esvoytko 07-26-2012 05:04 PM

Thanks all!

Re: the pasta insert lautering - yeah, I live in a studio apartment (390 sq ft) so I need my kitchen to look like a kitchen, not a mad-scientist brewhouse! I don't like one-task equipment in there.

Re: fermentation temperature - I live in a basement apartment in Seattle, where the indoor temperature quite seriously never leaves the 60 - 70 degree range, even with no heating or A/C. I may begin to worry about that later as I get more into this. You might also be horrified to know that I took no hydrometer readings and eyeballed my grain and hops measurements! Haha.

esvoytko 07-26-2012 09:08 PM

Update: 20 hours in and I've got steady airlock bubbling. It's alive! It's alive!! <Insert goofy, ecstatic, rookie homebrewer grin>

hotspurdotus 07-26-2012 09:25 PM

Very nice photo album.

Satisfy my curiosity on one point; are those all the actual ingredients you used in the first pic? Was their more base grain hiding somewhere outside the pic?

I haven't used whole hops before, but that seems that a LOT of hops compared to the amount of grain.

icanbenchurcat 07-26-2012 09:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by esvoytko
Thanks all!

Re: the pasta insert lautering - yeah, I live in a studio apartment (390 sq ft) so I need my kitchen to look like a kitchen, not a mad-scientist brewhouse! I don't like one-task equipment in there.

Re: fermentation temperature - I live in a basement apartment in Seattle, where the indoor temperature quite seriously never leaves the 60 - 70 degree range, even with no heating or A/C. I may begin to worry about that later as I get more into this. You might also be horrified to know that I took no hydrometer readings and eyeballed my grain and hops measurements! Haha.

If it tastes good, your recipe was spot on!

And if it doesn't, give it a few more weeks ;-)

GulfCoastGirl 07-26-2012 09:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by esvoytko (Post 4282185)
Yesterday was my first brew day.



Well look at you all organized with everything laid out and labeled. I should follow your lead and do the same.... maybe if I had everything laid out neatly I wouldn't have forgotten the coriander in my last Belgian Wit :D

Congrats on your first brew day..... now it's all about the patience :mug:

bigbeergeek 07-26-2012 09:53 PM

Well done!


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