I've got my second batch going in the basement, going with carboy primary this time. I pitched yeast around 6:30 last Sunday night, at 64*, and it was bubbling away Monday morning. Have a blow off tube set up, but the foam didn't seem that it would have been an issue anyway. Temp has been a rock solid 62* since then.
I used a cheap "Doric Light Canadian Beer Mix" kit, with the "Munton's Beer Enhancer" for the sugar, and the unmarked yeast that came with the kit. I wanted a cheap extract to work on my technique, and have something easy to drink in a large supply (I have a 2 day curling bonspiel that is heavy on competitive drinking and light on competitive curling in March). Should have a second carboy 2 weeks from today (if my wife took the hint) and 'll get another batch of this on the go. All in a batch costs me about $18, hope to net 48-54 bottles.
My OG was 1.040, hoping to get it down to a 1.010, which by my math would put me at a 4.0% ABV. Is that doable?
My questions, comments, concerns:
1)Didn't boil it. I dissolved the Munton's product in 4L of water at about 160*, then cooled it in a cold bath in the kitchen sink, poured it into the carboy when it hit 75*, then did the same thing with the malt extract. Topped with water straight from the tap. Should I have boiled the malt extract?
2)Should I replace my iodophor water in my blow off, or just let it go? Should I drop the blow off and put in an airlock?
3)Going to use gelatin to clear it, regardless. Should I use the gelatin just before I bottle?
PS, I'm using these threads as my brew log, easy to find the info again, my daughter won't find it and scribble on all the notes, the wife won't find it and harp about how much I brew and you vets can give me some pointers too I hope!