I bought a brewferm kit as my first brew, just finished making the wort a few moments ago. It comes as a tin of malt extract and a little sachet of dry yeast, so I put the malt extract in a bain marie on the stove to liquify, and I made some invert sugar on the stove top.
I used bottled water, and decided not to boil as my water is sterile. Any extra water I used to rinse out the tin with was straight from the kettle, and I sterilized *everything* I used. I'm using a really big food-grade bucket, with a grommet and a better bottle drytrap airlock.
I think I cocked the recipe up a bit though, as I put about one extra litre in it (the recipe called for 14L plus the extract, I prob put in about 15.5L). I worked this out when the SG was 1.042 instead of 1.052, so I added some extra sugar to boost it back up (it's at 1.054 now). Hopefully this doesn't affect the taste too much? The recipe just said sugar, I bought white sucrose and cooked it up as per the wiki to make invert sugar.
Just pitched the yeast, it was a little warm (24deg C) but I couldn't bear to wait any longer for it to chill. I really need a wort chiller, next thing on the equipment list.
so excited to finally be doing a brew! will update as it goes along if anyone's interested