So I've been lurking on the site since I converted my old fridge into a kegerator and have had an itching to do my own. I had one of those nasty DIY kits with the little cube that made a 6-pack, but I really wanted something that I could enjoy, so I went to www.cwinemakers.com
's retail location and picked up a two-stage homebrew kit. The guy there was knowledgeable and helped me pick up ingredients that would make a nice first brew. I used:
1 lb 20L Crystal Malt
3 lb 5 oz Munton's Canadian Style Ale ME
6.5 oz Light DME from the Lakeview Valley Kit
1 lb 10 oz Briess DME
.75 oz Hops that came with the Lakeview Valley kit
1 pkg Burton Water Salts
I also did a nice yeast starter for about 2 hours while I was prepping and boiling that included
Fermentis Safale s-04 Dry Yeast
2/3 c Briess DME
1 Tsp Dextrose
1/4 tsp Dried Yeast that came with the Muntons
1 pkg Yeast starter nutrients
It's now in the basement where its cooler and the airlock is chugging away.
I haven't decided whether or not force carbonate the beer or not.
My question is: Can I bottle about 2 gal first and then put the rest (3 gal) into a 5 gal corny keg and force carbonate that? They had some decent prices for refurbished ones so I'm going to go back when its time to bottle.