I stopped brewing at the end of 2011, as I knew I'd be moving soon and didn't want to be moving some brew during fermenting. I'm finally settled away in my first home!
My first biab attempt went south back in November, not sure what happened but the brew day went smooth, pitched yeast and 3 weeks later came back to a pile of mold in the bucket. Anyway I've been collecting parts and all kinds of things in the meantime and Friday I'll be doing my first successful AG in my brand new Blichmann kettle.
The recipe is from mysticmead, it's his Irish red ale recipe. I'm not sure how much water to start with. I'm aiming for 5.5 gallons into the bucket, 11.5lbs grain, and a 90 minute boil. Using a cheapo propane turkey fryer, any opinions?
The yeast. I'll be pitching a white labs California ale yeast, this is my first time using liquid yeast and I've never made a starter. Should I? Or just warm the vial to room temp and dump it in?