I pitched (still working on all vernacular but I think this means put yeast in) Friday last week on my first attempt at brewing and followed the mr beer directions to the tee.
I was a freak about sanitation. Being a self proclaimed incredible chef I am already very aware of sanitation and cross contamination, the adjustment to this next level of sanitation was not a huge leap for me.
I used no "extras" in my brew just one can of HME, mr. Beer devil IPA.
Well I realize it has only been about 5 days of fermentation but the process looks complete.
The morning after I pitched I inspected and saw that the yeast had colonized quickly and the tell tale signs of happy yeast where present. Lots of bubbling etc.
By the second night the yeast was dominating the environment.
Over the next three days the bubbling slowly stopped and the brew began to clear some. Sediments are gently laying on the bottom and only a hand full of yeast mats remain floating at the top.
At this point it looks like it is ran through the process so tonight I decided to have a taste as i have no hydrometer (yet
Well I don't what happened, I knew it all seemed to easy, but some how some way it came out fantastic lol
Flat of course and not a very heavy IPA etc. but great flavor and like I had hoped! It's beer!!
Of course I will wait another week or so prior to the secondary phase, not out of the woods yet one more round of freakish sanitation to go but I am feeling confident now.
So confident in fact and having so much fun my poor credit card just took a beating today as I bought all kinds of stuff off the mr. Beer website.
After all the reading and information on this forum I was shopping like a pro lol.
I spent some time reading various mr. Beer recipes requiring double the HME in many cases and ended buying several recipes worth of refills, hydro meter, 24 more bottles, booster, several hops pellets, several strains of yeast, 3 more 2.5 gallon tanks, various boosters and rise free sanitation.
$200 later I guess u can say I went a little crazy lol.
Anyway I wanted thank those who took the time to answer my many questions, thanks so much!