I just finished a few firsts.
My first full boil.
First time I used a propane burner
First time I brewed outside, and it is winter.
I think it went pretty well though not perfect.
This burner puts out a ton of heat so that is great brought my water and steeping grain up to temp much faster than my stove.
I added my extract while the pot was on the burner, won't do that again. I have some evidence that some of it sank and burned. The wort smells okay so I'm hoping that nothing worse that a little smokiness will come of it.
So lesson 1, take the pot off the heat to stir in the extract.
It was a nice day in the upper Midwest, around 20 and partly cloudy. But is was windy and the wind managed to blow out my burner twice. The first time I was attending something else for 30 seconds and found it when I got back.
So lesson 2 stay close and pay attention.
2.5 find a more sheltered area. I didn't want to try this the first time in the garage, but I gathers others brew there.
I cooled the wort in a snow bank. That took much longer than I expected, over an hour. (it was 19 degrees outside by then!) But it was my first full boils so I guess I have to research cooling times more.
To aerate I trickled the wort into the carboy and then shook the carboy well.
I have one question though, how much stirring do you do during the boil?
I usually stir on the stove but this boils was MUCH more vigorous than I have done on the stove and didn't stir at all.
A fun day indeed. I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out. ?I chose an Amber for this because they mature a little quicker.