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ScotBrew 01-21-2013 01:24 AM

The story so far...
 
Here's a few pics of my first batch and general brewing 'story' so far.

Mrs bought me an extract kit for Xmas and once my brew pot arrived I got stuck in!

3mins in to brew day after adding 1/3 of the extract. Partial boil - 2 gallons
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After cooling for 30mins outside I added the wort to 3 gallons of cold top off water in the fermenter and stirred it in. Added a blow off hose to be on the safe side.
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Moving to secondary after 2 weeks.
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Big tub of starsan! Only about 3 inches full though.
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7 boxes of 12oz bottles all clean and ready for bottle day
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Trub left from moving from primary to secondary
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Very basic setup in my basement! (Only renting atm and kitchen is tiny. Everything I use is cleaned and sanitized thoroughly before & after use and it does the job.)
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RDWHAHB - Dogfish Head 60minute IPA
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The Mrs got a 'delux' kit which came with the glass carboy and one bucket which doubles as primary/bottling bucket. This is why I've moved the wort to secondary after 2 weeks. In the future I'll probably just use the carboy as primary and the plastic bucket for bottling. I'll probably get my hands on a couple of other buckets and carboys in a few weeks. :D

ScotBrew 01-21-2013 01:55 AM

My OG was 1.044 and the SG before moving to secondary was 1.027. I'm expecting to end up around 1.012 or so.

naga77777 01-21-2013 01:58 AM

Nice, welcome to the obsession! :rockin:

unionrdr 01-22-2013 09:11 PM

It's best not to rack to secondary until the beer hits FG. The beer can be just as clear coming out of primary if allowed to hit FG,then 3-7 more days to clean up & settle out clear or slightly misty before racking to bottling bucket & priming.

ScotBrew 01-28-2013 12:12 AM

If the beer can be just as clear then to me it makes no difference lol. Although I probably will leave it an extra 4 or 5 days before moving it to secondary for my next batch.

Checked SG yesterday and it was 1.012 which is what I was aiming for. Just checked it there and it's 1.011 so I'll check again tomorrow and see where it's at.


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