Thanks to gaylord fokker for his inspiration for me to start homebrewing my own beer.
Luckily we live near a homebrew store and they where more than willing to ensure me that I was getting everything I needed and that I was capable to make my own brews. So basically I got one of their starter kits which included everything I needed to make my 1st batch. There was a bunch of different extracts to choose from but I ended up going with an Irish Stout.
For my own records and anyone else reading this, here was my mixture:
- 1 Can Coopers Irish Stout Malt Extract
- 3 Cups Dextrose (Corn Sugar)
- 2-1/2 Cups Muntons Plain Dark Malt Extract
- Yeast supplied with Coopers Extract
- Sanitized all equipment
- Added 1 gallon water to stainless steel pot
- Brought water to a boil
- Removed pot from burner added all above ingredients except yeast
- Stirred thoroughly until all sugars were dissolved
- Placed back on burner and brought to a boil again for 5 minutes
- Removed pot from burner and placed in sink full of cold water for 15 minutes to drop the wort temperature
- Filled up fermenter with approximately 3-1/2 gallons of cold water
- Dumped wort into fermenter and checked the temperature was approximately 79 degrees
- Topped off with cold water to reach my 5 gallon mark and temperature maintained its 79 degrees
- Added yeast to top of wort and let sit for 10 minutes
- Lightly stirred top just to make sure the yeast was covered up
- Sealed up lid on fermenter and added fermentation tube
- Placed in basement around 2:30pm on 09/23/2007
As of this morning the fermentation tube was already active and was at 68 degrees. I am allowing this batch to ferment for 10 days, then I will do the bottling and report back with the end results.