Big Al, et al, brewed the kit today. Ended up with an OG of 1.045 as far as I can tell from the read. Pitched the yeast at 78 degrees after some vigorous shakes / rotations of the carboy. This was done around 2:30PM today. It's 11:11PM and I have the carboy down in my basement. Just to test the temp down there I set a glass of water there overnight and took the temp this afternoon. It was 68 degrees so I'm going to assume that is the ambient temp in the cellar/room. I did pitch 2 vials of the WLP002. When I cracked open each vial they were under tremendous pressure - they almost fizzed all over. I was able to get 90% of both vials into the carboy. I bunged up the carboy and tossed on the airlock. I'm getting some activity as shown in the video below. Is that airlock setup right from the looks of the video? 9 hours in and I'm getting this kind of activity - that's good right? The beer tasted great from the OG reading tube sample.
Sweet and hoppy.http://youtu.be/jLmVagZs-iI
Any questions, please ask.
Sounds like you're on your way to great beer right from the start! Arguably the two most important factors in making great beer are the two that are most overlooked by new brewers and you're already taking care of the first one on your first brew. The second is fermentation temperature control. This is huge! Always know what temperature range works best for your yeast and try to keep the temperature in that range. You can find it here: http://www.whitelabs.com/beer/homebrew/listings
WLP001 likes 67-73f but many ferment it cooler to keep the flavor cleaner.
Keep in mind that the temperature of the fermenting beer will be several degrees warmer than ambient temperatures. You can keep it cool by placing your fermenter in a water bath and tossing in frozen bottles of water as needed. A wet T-shirt fitted over your fermentor with a fan blowing on it works well. Or simply placing it in a cool corner of the basement can work well. Happy brewing and welcome to the hobby.