Before I begin batch #3, I need to consider the problems I had in the first two attempts and plan better to over come some universal challenges. The big issues are:
- I need to locate all my equipment
- My wife and her friend cleaned every inch of the house while I was in Afghanistan
- Because of this, everything I had tucked away in storage has been moved
- Sanitizing the gear (Am I cleaning the equipment effectively?)
- As stated above, the gear has been collecting dust in a basement closet for a year+
- Need more C-Brite or something along those lines
- Can my dishwasher be effective despite the rinse agent we use?
- Have the plastic buckets from the brew kit been scratched inside?
- Scratches make sanitizing an even bigger challenge
- I may need to get glass carboys
- Bottling never goes well for me
- I need to get past the shortcomings of the two handed capper
- I need a better siphon
- It's probably not a great idea to start suction with your mouth
- Do I need a new brew post?
- I think the bottom of the cheap Wal*Mart special I purchased got a little singed
- That damn hydrometer! (Maybe these guys can help...)
- I can never get a clear reading on the hydrometer (Am I the only one?)
- I either need to learn how to use it better or get a digital one
This brings me to something I don't like to talk about... Real life! I suppose if half my house is cold enough to hand meat in, that should be something that trumps beer making on my to do list. I just had to take a break from writing this blog entry to go down below and fidget with the water heater so my wife's morning shower water didn't come out in cube form.
So, Monday morning, I'm calling the boiler guy, the beer will need to wait...