Glad to see some other beginners out here. Yesterday was my first ever Brew Day and I, too, was using the Midwest Irish Red. A full 5.5 gallon boil, using a turkey fryer. Man was it a nice day to start this amazing hobby/addiction. My OG reading was 1.042 and the only hiccup I found was the cooling process... I used an ice bath, but (obviously) the hot pot melted the ice in the water very quickly and I had only bought 20 lbs of ice to go into the bath, thinking this was enough. I was wrong. So total cool down time was bout 30 minutes.
I finished about 2:30 yesterday afternoon and this morning as I checked on my new baby, there was some substantial bubbling going on in the airlock. And I know that this is not the only way to see or know whats going on, but it makes me happy to see that I might have actually done it right
I gotta hand it to you guys on here, without reading the posts for the last 2 weeks, I would not have been so comfortable in my first Brew Day. Gotta say I will be back! Already planning #2.