I got an English Brown Ale ingredient kit from Brewers Best, and a supply kit from a local homebrew store. I also have the book How to Brew by John Palmer (I bought the book after reading some of it online), whose instructions I followed in tandem with the instructions in the Brewer's Best kit. I found that the instructions in the kit were lacking in some places (like they said you didn't have to rehydrate the yeast, even though the yeast packet says you have to), so having the book helped flesh out the confusing/lacking places. The book is very thorough, so much so that before I started brewing, I found the in depth coverage kind of confusing.
|Pulled everything together.|
|Steeping the grains.|
|Sanitized stuff. Under the tin foil are my measuring cup, a couple of |
random glasses, a spoon, and my barometer
|Malts, both dry and liquid (this stuff is the bane of my existence|
as you will see later in the blog)
In the back, in the silver packages, are the hops.
|Steeped grains (saving for spent grain bread!)|
I had a boilover when I added the dry malt, which I didn't think was supposed to happen at this stage, but it did. I had to scrub carmelized malt out of the burner after I finished my brew. I hope the loss of some of the wort doesn't effect my beer too much.
|And this is why I hate the malt (at least the dry malt)|
|My fermenter in my closet! I can hear the airlock|
bubbling when I go to bed at night!