« on: June 24, 2014, 03:10:20 PM »
My buddy's wife got him a starter homebrew kit for his birthday a few days ago, and since he wanted to make a hefeweizen as his first batch, she got him some wheat DME and some WY3068, thanks to a helpful LHBS employee. So I'm on vacation today and I went over and helped him brew it.
I occasionally do a small extract batch to experiment with hop varieties but not as often as I used to. It feels like cheating after so many AG batches. I couldn't shake the feeling I'd forgotten something, with so many things to monitor in an AG batch. No need for preboil OG, mash temps, strike water, etc. Weird ! But I was struck at the somewhat darker color of the DME as compared to doing it AG - ironically I brewed an AG hefe a couple weeks ago. It's easy to forget the extent of the color difference.
Anyway, he bought a controller for his garage fridge, we cooled to 64F and pitched, and being 3068 I showed him the art of the blowoff hose. Luckily he's already on board with going AG right away !