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Old 01-04-2013, 01:12 AM   #1
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Default First brew...done. Nice.

Started about 11 AM, in the primary, cleaned up by 3.

The day really went well, last minute decision delayed the start. I ran out and grabbed some new sponges, 4 gallons of distilled water, and a spray bottle. Two gallons went into the freezer for cooling, 2+ gallons were mixed for Star San. What the heck was I going to do with 5 gallons of sanitizer, that stuff goes far, cut the batch in half. After cleaning the new pot with some real hot water, I loaded 3 gallons and it was under way.

I followed the directions closely, steeped grain, added extract, bittering added, 60 minute boil, with a bit of finishing thrown in at the end. Done.

I dumped the wort in with two gallons of near frozen water, dropped the temp to about 120, cold water bath brought the temp down in an hour to 78+-.

I aerated from the bottle bucket back into the primary, as seen on HBT. Worked well. Grabbed a reading, 1045. Pitched. Snapped the lid on put the air lock, now I'm on bubble watch.

I have to say I had concerns but man with thought and prep it went well. Thanks for all the info on the site.


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Old 01-04-2013, 01:28 AM   #2
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:28 AM   #3
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Wow...sounds like it went smooth.What did u brew? How long u fermenting?
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:34 AM   #4
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Well done! I'm expecting my BK to arrive tomorrow, just LME/partial boil but hoping it goes as smoothly as yours!

As above, what did you brew?
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:20 AM   #5
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I brewed a Midwest Supply extract kit, Autumn Amber Ale, that came with the kit. I had some trepidation, silly. Now I understand all the comments about drinking before its time, before the brewing I thought c'mon its only 3 weeks, now maybe a week.....lol

One issue I had was trying to read the hydrometer, bigger numbers please.

I'm thinking 7 days primary, 2 weeks secondary? But being a noob I'm looking into that now.


930PM, I got bubbles!
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From what I've read it's best to leave it in primary until fermentation has pretty much stopped. Some don't move to secondary some do. I'll move mine to secondary for a week once fermentations stopped just to let the beer clear up a bit.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:54 AM   #7
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I dumped the wort in with two gallons of near frozen water, dropped the temp to about 120, cold water bath brought the temp down in an hour to 78+-.
For next time: I think it would be faster and easier if you cooled your boil in the ice bath, then dumped the cooled wort into your near frozen water. Just a thought.
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You should be rightly proud of yourself!

You always remember your first !
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Did you leave your bag of steeping grains in during the boil? Couldn't really tell from your pics.
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Nice pot!! I've a firend who will not buy a real pot to brew with and to see him strugle is crazy. He is not poor, just crazy.


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