So, even though I'm typing this, my fiancee and I are actually "writing" this...
We just finished up our first batch of home brew. We made something called "Shoultz-Meyer Brewery Don't Call Me Hefe" using our delux kit from Northern Brewing Company.
Briess-Bavarian Wheat Liquid Extract 6lbs 8oz
Sazz Chech Pellets 1oz @ 60min
Danstar Munich (yeast)
OG - 1.044 - 1.052
FG - 1.010 - 1.014
IBU - 8-15
SRM - 2 - 8
ABV - 4.30 - 5.60
(recipe here: http://www.brewmasterswarehouse.com/...t-call-me-hefe
Just yesterday, we attended a beer brewing class at a place called the Brewmaster's Warehouse (www.brewmasterswarehouse.com
). The class was informative and fun, and I drank too much beer.
So back to today. We boild up our 2.5gallons of water, put in half the extract and the pack of hops, boiled for 40 minutes. We then took the pot back off the heat, and added the rest of the extract, and boiled for another 20 minutes. We are a little worried about the 10 or 15 minutes of time that passed before we were able to get it back to boiling because the extract was hard to stir in. After it was all done, we chilled the bew pot in a sink of water with ice around it until it was down to around 70 to 75 degrees.
From there we transferred it to a carboy, using one of those auto-siphon thing-a-ma-jobs and topped off with room temp. tap water. We then took a sample for the hydrometer test. I was a little worried because the OG was supposed to be 1.044 - 1.052. Ours read 1.060. We called the guy from Brewmaster's Warehouse who taught our class, and he told us to not worry about this and to enjoy it. I took a taste per his recomendation, and it tasted like sugary flat beer.
He then asked how much room was in the top of our carboy. Ummm, a couple inches. Oops, we used a 5 gallon carboy instead of the 6 gallon carboy. So, back to the auto-siphon thing, and we transferred the beer over to the larger carboy. We are thinking this was actually really good for us as it helped airate the stuff a little more. Stacey then pitched the yeast, and I followed that with the bung and airlock filled with Star-San.
Uh-oh! The bung would not stay in the bung hole of the glass carboy. It just kept slowly squeezing out, now matter how shallow or deep we pushed it down into the bung hole. I walked out of the bathroom (spare bathroom we are using the tub for storing this), and Stacey managed to steralize a different bung and get it to stay.
Then we started cleaning up everything. What a major pain in the butt. But its all done, and after approximately 3 hours (maybe less, we are seeing an occasional bubble in the airlock.
So, any concern, criticisms, or gripes for us? We are new and looking to improve! Thanks!