So yesterday was our official first time brewing, and I gotta admit it was quite the success. We had such a great time drinking our favorite IPA beer and listening to music from my neighbor Chris, who runs www.triangleareadj.com while brewing a new batch of beer which we are hoping to drink in about a months time.
We started out with our grains and steeping them for about twenty minutes which now made our beer into a wort.
This is where the fun starts, now let me remind you that we are using a homebrew kit so we are using Liquid Malt Extract (LME) instead of an all grain recipe. So we bring this new wort to a boil and we add our first LME and our first rounds of hops.
We boil the hops for an hours time added some at the hour mark 45 minute mark and 15 minute mark. These are all added at different times for taste or aroma.
During that time we also added a second LME which will help raise the ABV which of course we always enjoy : ). Now that our boil is over we get to add to fermentors.
We have a glass carboy and dumped our 5 gallon batch in there and put our air lock on it. It is hidden in my basement in a dark area and let the yeast eat away at the sugars for a few weeks until we bottle.
We had a blast and cannot wait to report the taste and color of these beers with all of you. Thanks for all of your tips and tricks, let the learning continue!