Brewed up the "Holiday Cheer Ale" from the Papazian 'bible' with a little modification. Some light malt extract and some amber, as opposed to all light. This was my first real (1-2 hour over the stove for steeping and boiling) 5 gallon brew and everything is looking up after a day and a half.
Pitched Safale US-56 American Ale yeast directly into wort and stirred for 5 minutes as opposed to making a starter...
OG was 1.050, which seemed reasonable.
Brew sits at 68-70 degrees.
I got about 20 bubbles per minute coming through the airlock.