The first brew day for the both of us...We ordered our kit from midwest supplies and freeballed the rest of the equipment needed.
We got the intermediate kit from midwest w/ 2 5gal better bottles 1 primary ale pail and one bottling ale pail. We also bought a wort chiller which I totally would have made if we were anywhere near a home depot (were in Germany both stationed at Spangdahlem AB) The day went off with close to zero issues the things we encountered were a small boilover and stirring our yeast in our rehydration cup before letting it sit for 10 min (no big deal as it is now sitting in the primary bubbling away)
The recipe kit that we used was his and is as follows
Midwest supplies India Brown Ale
6 lb. Gold liquid malt extract,
2 lb. Light dry malt extract,
1 lb. Brown Sugar,
8 oz. Caramel 60°L,
4 oz. Coffee malt,
2 oz. Roasted Barley,
1/2 oz. Summit,
2 oz. Glacier,
1 oz. Palisade pellet hops
This beer was super brown after the boil and looks delicious We tasted the wort through all the process just to get an idea to what were working with. Water steeped with the barley is not delicious however
Once we get the primary racked to the secondary were going to start my recipe which is as follows
Hop head DOUBLE IPA
9.3 lbs. Gold Malt extract,
4 oz. Aromatic,
12 oz. Caramel 60°L,
8 oz. Victory specialty grains,
1 oz. Chinook,
1 oz. Cascade,
1 oz. Centennial,
1 oz. Crystal,
2 oz. Leaf (dry hop),
what I was looking for was something similar to Troeggs(sp?) Nugget Nectar its one of my favorites and I wanted my first brew to be close but easy..
Anyways we took some pics hope you guys enjoy
cleaning up before we start
Me adding the water (the German water doesnt taste too great)
Craig adding some water to the turkey fryer turned wort boiler
We took our water temps very seriously
We cant really get homebrews around here but we can get some pretty abstract beers from a lot of different places.
adding the barley
and the malt extract (All grain one day)
and one fancy one
after 60 min's its time for the wort chiller
We even let the ladies hold the hose
And finally sitting happily in the primary fermenter (need a 6gal better bottle next so we can watch the process!)
This is our first setup and were already looking into our next steps...definitely want to learn the way of all-grain......
oh and X10jillion on the for http://www.homebrewtalk.com it is a lot of help...