Awesome! I think I might try out a smaller batch for this one to start. I like this recipe. I appreciate all the help!
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Yay, a fellow Newbie.
I just bottled my first beer (Amber Ale) last night. It was hazy, but I guess that should clear up in the bottles. Chekced my gravity just before bottling, and it was right on 1.010. So far so good. Now I need to have some patience, because dammit, I want to drink it!
Next up for me will be a Wit or a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone.
You should have already started that second batch About the only way to solve the "patience" problem is to always have homebrew on hand and the best way to get there is to have multiple overlapping batches going on.
A little late to the thread but never too late to the party my Momma used to say.
Here's a few pics of my setup and it only cost me $10 for the tote and I had the Reflectix already. It holds two 7.9 gallon brew-buckets.
I used to keep several gallons of water in there as well but it promotes mildewing on the sides of the fermenters. The water helped keep the temps steady along with the ice-packs but now I've since gone without the water for many batches and the mildew problem cleared up immediately.
Depending on ambient temps and desired wort temps I'll use 2-4 blue ice packs or 20oz soda bottles. This has worked extremely well for my brewing ales.
The "out" on the thermometer corresponds to the interior of the chamber.
Cooler or tub
Frozen soda/juice bottles swapped out twice a day
You can even get fancy and put a cover on it
You'll have to experiment but one bottle will keep it around 10 degrees below ambient for long enough to go to work