He's just turned 69, and I've just turned 47. Spending time with him is becoming more of a priority. Home brewing is something we have both been curious about for years. My grandparents were experienced home brewers, but their equipment has been sitting idle in the basement of my brother's house since they passed (over 20 years ago).
Dad is using the old equipment (nothing wrong with that) and trying to replicate the old recipes (hmmm). On his first batch, he started improvising. Convinced Munton's did not include enough yeast to do the job, he substituted a full packet of Red Star (bread yeast). Also, he's using a 5 gallon carboy (see pic) for a primary fermenter on a five gallon batch. I'm told at about 10
m of the first night he was swapping out an overflowing airlock for a blowoff line.
After his experience, I decided to pick up one of BB's equipment kits, followed the recipe/brew schedule, and my primary is the 6.5 gal bucket included in the kit. OG was 1.045 and we pitched yeast at 82 degrees. I let Dad hookup a blowoff line (just in case), but after six hours at 70 degrees I'm starting to think the airlock would have been fine.
I think this is going to be a fun way to spend time with my dad. Cheers!