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Monday, January 15, 2007

My first brew kit

Note: This and the next few posts tell the story of my first foray into the world of home brewing. They were on my original website, which I have since taken down. But I thought these original "journal entries" should be carried over to the new blog for posterity. I hope you enjoy the story of my humble beginnings.

And so it begins

Today I decided to take the fist step and purchase some home brewing equipment. According to Homebrewing for Dummies, there are key equipment items every first time brewer needs. The book suggested picking up a prepackaged starter kit to get your feet wet. I went with a True Brew Equipment Kit, which includes the following:
  • True Brew Handbook
  • 6.5 Gallon Primary Fermentation Bucket with lid
  • 6.5 Gallon Bottling Bucket with spigot
  • Fermometer adhesive fermentation thermometer
  • Fermetech Springless Bottle Filler
  • Fermentech 3/8" Auto-Siphon
  • 5' 5/16" Flex Vinyl Tubing
  • Hydrometer
  • Emily Double Lever Capper
  • Bottle Brush3 Piece Airlock
  • 8 pack C-Brite Sanitizer

I also picked up a Brewer's Best, English Brown Ale recipe kit. Which is, according to the label, "Packed with flavor, this medium-bodied brew has a malty character surrounded by a nutty aroma with crystal malts providing good balance." Brewer's Best also boasts, "easy-to-follow instructions for brewing 5 gallons of premium, prize winning brews." What could possibly go wrong?

You can pick up a similar equipment and ingredients package deal online for about $111, but I was eager to get started and there is a small supply shop down the road from my house.
I think this package might be a better deal in retrospect.

Sadly I have a full schedule at work this week, so I wont be brewing until next weekend at the earliest. I'll check in next week with more info on my purchase and hopefully the details of my first brewing experience. Stay tuned for brew day!

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