Coldbreak Brewing Giveaway - Winners Drawn!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Home Brewing Photo Forum > First ever brew day with photos!
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-26-2012, 04:51 PM   #1
esvoytko
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 25
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default First ever brew day with photos!

Yesterday was my first brew day. I think it went relatively well, although be on the lookout for the ubiquitous "my fermentation is stalled" thread in about 24 hours! I kid, I kid. I brewed an ESB, by the way.


It's totally normal to organize your ingredients like this, right? Right.


Stirring the malt into the mash.


Tea towels for impromptu insulation.


Commencing liquor-grist separation.


Sparging.


Hot break ahoy!


One gallon batch = kitchen sink ice bath reaches 70 degrees in about 5 minutes.


All done!

Comments and questions welcome!


esvoytko is offline
2
People Like This 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2012, 04:57 PM   #2
Beer-lord
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Beer-lord's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Metairie, La
Posts: 1,334
Liked 144 Times on 118 Posts
Likes Given: 26

Default

Looks like you've made beer!


__________________
Wherever you go, there you are!
Beer-lord is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2012, 04:59 PM   #3
kh54s10
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
kh54s10's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Tiverton, Rhode Island
Posts: 8,034
Liked 880 Times on 734 Posts
Likes Given: 232

Default

Lookin' good!

I lay out my ingredients in a similar way except I label them by the time (minutes left) that they go into the boil. And I brew all grain so the base and crystal would be milled into my grain bucket together.

If you haven't thought about fermentation temperature, I would find a place to control the temperature of the fermentation in the low to mid sixties. A bucket with some water in the bottom and bottles of ice. "swamp cooler"
kh54s10 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2012, 05:00 PM   #4
Double_D
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Double_D's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Posts: 1,386
Liked 41 Times on 39 Posts
Likes Given: 80

Default

Nice. I like the pasta pot lauter tun!
Double_D is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2012, 05:04 PM   #5
esvoytko
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 25
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Thanks all!

Re: the pasta insert lautering - yeah, I live in a studio apartment (390 sq ft) so I need my kitchen to look like a kitchen, not a mad-scientist brewhouse! I don't like one-task equipment in there.

Re: fermentation temperature - I live in a basement apartment in Seattle, where the indoor temperature quite seriously never leaves the 60 - 70 degree range, even with no heating or A/C. I may begin to worry about that later as I get more into this. You might also be horrified to know that I took no hydrometer readings and eyeballed my grain and hops measurements! Haha.
esvoytko is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2012, 09:08 PM   #6
esvoytko
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 25
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Update: 20 hours in and I've got steady airlock bubbling. It's alive! It's alive!! <Insert goofy, ecstatic, rookie homebrewer grin>
esvoytko is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2012, 09:25 PM   #7
hotspurdotus
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Morgantown, WV
Posts: 199
Liked 31 Times on 23 Posts
Likes Given: 46

Default

Very nice photo album.

Satisfy my curiosity on one point; are those all the actual ingredients you used in the first pic? Was their more base grain hiding somewhere outside the pic?

I haven't used whole hops before, but that seems that a LOT of hops compared to the amount of grain.
hotspurdotus is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2012, 09:37 PM   #8
icanbenchurcat
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Marietta, GA
Posts: 162
Liked 7 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by esvoytko
Thanks all!

Re: the pasta insert lautering - yeah, I live in a studio apartment (390 sq ft) so I need my kitchen to look like a kitchen, not a mad-scientist brewhouse! I don't like one-task equipment in there.

Re: fermentation temperature - I live in a basement apartment in Seattle, where the indoor temperature quite seriously never leaves the 60 - 70 degree range, even with no heating or A/C. I may begin to worry about that later as I get more into this. You might also be horrified to know that I took no hydrometer readings and eyeballed my grain and hops measurements! Haha.
If it tastes good, your recipe was spot on!

And if it doesn't, give it a few more weeks ;-)
icanbenchurcat is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2012, 09:39 PM   #9
GulfCoastGirl
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Emerald Coast, FL
Posts: 236
Liked 10 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 23

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by esvoytko View Post
Yesterday was my first brew day.


Well look at you all organized with everything laid out and labeled. I should follow your lead and do the same.... maybe if I had everything laid out neatly I wouldn't have forgotten the coriander in my last Belgian Wit

Congrats on your first brew day..... now it's all about the patience
GulfCoastGirl is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2012, 09:53 PM   #10
bigbeergeek
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Visalia, CA
Posts: 4,080
Liked 118 Times on 97 Posts
Likes Given: 79

Default

Well done!


__________________
"Good people drink good beer." -HST
bigbeergeek is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Photos from first ONE gallon brew day... DubbelDach Home Brewing Photo Forum 86 09-08-2014 03:54 PM
First All Grain - Brew Photos bolts Home Brewing Photo Forum 4 10-13-2009 01:52 AM
More Photos of my brew rig in use pompeiisneaks Home Brewing Photo Forum 2 04-13-2009 09:40 PM
Looking for photos for a painting underwaterdan Home Brewing Photo Forum 21 02-18-2009 02:13 AM
First Brew Ever - Setup & Photos TwoHeadsBrewing Home Brewing Photo Forum 25 02-12-2009 06:48 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS