Hello all. Just finished brewing my IPA yesterday. (at least I think it will turn out as an IPA) I did it using partial boil with one of those Coopers "kits".
Ingredients used (5 gallon yield):
4# Coopers IPA Extract ("pre-hopped")
4# Alexanders Pale Ale Extract
1oz. Hop Pellets
1 packet Windsor brewing yeast
Here's a rough breakdown of what I did:
1. Started off by filling up carboy and bottling bucket in bathtub with hot water and bleach (to sanitize)
2. Placed necessary equipment into bottling bucket to sanitize. (stirring spoon, funnel, strainer, thermometer)
3. Cleaned out 12 quart kettle and filled with ~2 gallons water to begin boil.
4. Once water reached boil, extracts were added, stirred, and wort returned to boil. (for 60 minutes)
5. After sixty minute period all 1oz of hops were added, boiled for additional 15 minutes. This is the part that got me....maybe I should have added hops at the beginning? Or maybe split it up. 1/2oz hops for flavor, 1/2oz for aroma (at end of boil).
6. Once boil period was completed, brew pot removed from burner and placed in ice bath to cool. (I also placed a frozen 2-liter in the wort for turbo cooling...sanitized of course)
7. Once wort reached ~75 F, I strained it into the 6 gallon carboy (which was rinsed prior)
8. 1/2 gallon water was then boiled to pour over strained hops, into carboy. (this part I wish I did differently, it put the wort temp over 80 F!)
9. Waited until wort was cool and pitched the yeast.
10. Airlock put into place, water filled, and into the closet it goes!
Crappy celly pics, sorry
Like I said, this was supposed to be a five gallon batch in a six gallon carboy. It looks a little less. Probably because what was boiled away.
Now I'm worried this thing will over flow! There seems to be a lot of room, so I hope it doesn't.
Questions, comments, criticisms?