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Old 01-01-2010, 07:42 PM   #1
gratefuldisc
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Well my first brew (True Brew California Common) is in the primary.

I preboiled and chilled 2 gallons of water, sanitized everything. I had all my ingredients laid out and followed the directions with the kit except I boiled 3 gallons instead of 1.

Brought 3 gallons up to temp and steeped the grains in the grain bag. Brought to a boil, removed from heat and added 2 cans of light LME and 2 ounces of pellet hops. Bringing back to a boil, I said to my wife, "I have to watch it really close now so it doesn't boil over." I watched it like a hawk, and kept it from going over until SWMBO started freaking out about the smell, gagging and running around the house in her pajamas trying to get away from the smell. She got her clothes together, grabbed one of the kids and went down the road to her mom's. Leaving me saying WTF? while my 4 year old she left with me (who is freaked out b/c her mom is freaked out) is screaming for her to come back. Meanwhile it boils over.

I got my kid calmed down, did a quick cleanup, and got it back on the burner to finish my boil. I threw in my finishing hops and put it into the sink to cool off. It was then I realized I had no ice in the freezer. I drained and filled the sink with cold water 4 times while stirring. I got the temp down to 110 in about 20 minutes. I put the 2 gallons of chilled water in the fermentor and poured in my wort. I stirred it up and took my OG reading 1.051, dead on to the kits instructions (1.048-1.051). I tasted the sample and it was okay, seemed more bitter than I was expecting but I have never tasted unfermented beer before. I pitched the dry yeast, stirred vigorously to aerate. and sealed it up. I had no vodka to put in the airlock but I had some bicardi (doesn't really matter does it?) all sealed up and I realize I didn't check the temp before pitching the dry yeast! Directions said to pitch when its under 90, I took off the airlock, spilling a few drops of bicardi into the fermentor (oops), took the temp and it was 89. Nothing else I could do so crossed my fingers and sealed it up.

SWMBO called while I was cleaning up and told me she had an idea for a name for my beer, "First and Last" I told her I already named it "Panicked Wife"

I hope things go smoother next time, I think she might "make" me get a turkey fryer so I can brew outside.

 
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Old 01-01-2010, 07:56 PM   #2
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I had a very similar first brew just a week ago way too small of a pot. I had a three gallon since I have bought a ten which is much better. That first brew boiled over twice, my second brew once. The good news is on the third I was much better watching the temp so I could better manage the burner. I tell you all of this to help I was a little discouraged after my first. The learning curve is steep but fun.

The only thing I didn’t understand from your post, what was with the smell? Does the wife hate the malt smell? Tell me the trick I would hate to “have” to buy a turkey fryer to brew outside. Best of luck

Casey

 
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Old 01-01-2010, 08:00 PM   #3
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yeah, the malt/hops smell as it was boiling was strong. To me it was bearable, to my wife it was a fog of death. lol

 
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Old 01-01-2010, 08:28 PM   #4
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So the lesson is, when you want the wife out of the house brew some beer! Hey you had a pretty good brew day in my opinion, nothing too unusual.

 
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Old 01-01-2010, 08:37 PM   #5
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Yeah, that's why my wife bought me a turkey fryer almost 20 years ago. She hates the smell and now my son does too. My daughter loves the smell but she loves hoppy beer, a chip off the old block!
The turkey fryer is much better but in the winter, it can get way too cold to brew outside. I still do a batch inside once a month in the winter.

 
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Old 01-01-2010, 08:48 PM   #6
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I guess you get all the beer to yourself.

 
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Old 01-01-2010, 09:31 PM   #7
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Great story! It wont be the last boil over or last time you forget to take a measurement of some kind. ****, I'm still cleaning a spill over from an Octoberfest fiasco from july. LOL! Welcome to the addiction...and.....your beer will turn out fine.

 
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Old 01-01-2010, 09:38 PM   #8
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My first brew day was last Tuesday. While overall it went pretty well, I had the opposite situation with SWMBO. She knew that I was really looking forward to brew day and I'd need to concentrate on what I was doing. So what did she do? She invited three of our kids friends over to play at that exact time, then decided she was going to lay down and read.

Our kids are 5 year old twins and the friends that came over are 7, 5, and 2. So guess who dealt with that for most of the time. I will give her credit, she apologized.

Luckily the kids were pretty well behaved and the brew went pretty well for just getting my feet wet.

 
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:03 PM   #9
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Sounds like somebody doesn't want you to brew beer. You may face a choice between the wife or brewing. Might I suggest Match.com, E-Harmony.com, etc? Moving at least three states away from the mother-in-law might help as an alternative. LOL!

John

 
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:49 PM   #10
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Quote:
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yeah, the malt/hops smell as it was boiling was strong. To me it was bearable, to my wife it was a fog of death. lol
LMAO!!!! The fog of death is a great term!

 
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