hello all. I am kind of a crazy guy that loves beer so I decided after reading this forum for about 2 months to give in and buy 2 kits and start cooking up some beer.
Last friday I started off with a 8 gallon
- Winterfest ale
And on Monday I started a batch of
- red ale
Kits can be seen at The brew house
Since these are my first 2 am not going crazy with adding anything yet but thanks to everyone here I have all the right equipment and everything I need to make bottling them a fun reality.
I have the first batch in secondary right now ( glass carboy ) and the second will go in the second carboy tonight.
I jimmy rigged up a anti smell filter for the first stage as when that foam comes out it smells up the place and the woman of the house hate it.
i will show you some pix of that soon
Both kits will sit in stage 2 for 3 weeks and stay bottled for 3 weeks as well.
I am now just fighting the tempation to start a third batch now that my 2 stage 1/bottling buckets are free :P
This hobby sure is addictive
* a short on how I made the anti smell. I have a blowoff bucket that has some water in it and the tube from the stage 1 going into 1 side of the lid sealed. The on the other side of the lid I have a sealed hose leading out of my window lol. this hose has a fine wire mesh on the end so nothing gets. For the blowout bucket that catches the foam i used a nice large cat litter container I had sitting around.
So far I have had zero smell from my second batch and all the foam is going into the secondary bucket and the nice smell is heading out the window for my neighbor to enjoy!!