Help Support Aussie Homebrewer by donating:

  1. We have implemented the ability to gift someone a Supporting Membership now! When you access the Upgrade page there is now a 'Gift' button. Once you click that you can enter a username to gift an account Upgrade to. Great way to help support this forum plus give some kudos to anyone who has helped you.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Dismiss Notice

1st brew in the fermenter

Discussion in 'Kits & Extracts' started by Bald Head Brewery, 21/10/17.

 

  1. Bald Head Brewery

    Active Member

    Joined:
    19/10/17
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    14
    Gender:
    Male
    Posted 21/10/17
    Here is what I've put into my 1st brew,

    Pale Ale Can. (Can't remember brand)
    600g LME
    200g Dextrose
    200g Lactose
    150g Crystal Grain
    Amarillo Hop
    Safale US-05 Yeast

    All purchased from country brewer
     
    Aegir and bevan like this.
  2. bevan

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    12/1/16
    Messages:
    420
    Likes Received:
    134
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Riddells Creek, Victoria Australia
    Posted 21/10/17
    Good start! Be careful it’s a slippery slope home brewing!
     
  3. Grott

    Beer Embalmer

    Joined:
    25/3/11
    Messages:
    2,337
    Likes Received:
    1,253
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Drinker of fine ales
    Location:
    South of Adelaide
    Posted 21/10/17
    Looks good, ferment for 14days and all will be good. Try to keep temperature 18 to 20 degrees if you can.
    Let us know how it turns out.
     
    JBH likes this.
  4. Gloveski

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    13/11/16
    Messages:
    347
    Likes Received:
    149
    Gender:
    Male
    Posted 21/10/17
    And the journey begins , enjoy
     
  5. Ben Hardman

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    17/10/17
    Messages:
    63
    Likes Received:
    11
    Gender:
    Male
    Posted 21/10/17
    Just put down my first brew in a decade.

    Mangroves jack lager, coopers brew enhancer 2 and some hallertau steeping hops for when done.

    Want to get my process right for getting fancier.

    Now the waiting for airlock to start bubbling!
     
  6. Ben Hardman

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    17/10/17
    Messages:
    63
    Likes Received:
    11
    Gender:
    Male
    Posted 21/10/17
    We have bubbles and a temp of 18 degrees. Apparently good for this yeast.
     
  7. Bald Head Brewery

    Active Member

    Joined:
    19/10/17
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    14
    Gender:
    Male
    Posted 22/10/17
    Thanks Grott. I got freezer blocks all ready to go. Fermenter is in a esky sitting in water, well add ice as needed to get the temp down. Sitting at a lovely 18 atm.
     
    Grott likes this.
  8. Bald Head Brewery

    Active Member

    Joined:
    19/10/17
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    14
    Gender:
    Male
    Posted 22/10/17
    Oh no. Went out and bought another brew, i have to fill both kegs seeing as the wife purchased the kegging system for me.
     
    Grott, bevan and Gloveski like this.
  9. Grott

    Beer Embalmer

    Joined:
    25/3/11
    Messages:
    2,337
    Likes Received:
    1,253
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Drinker of fine ales
    Location:
    South of Adelaide
    Posted 22/10/17
    Make sure you sanitise up the tap spout before filling your kegs since the fermenter is sitting in water. Next time put the fermenter in a garbage bag then in the water, no worries then.
     
    Garagebrew likes this.
  10. Bald Head Brewery

    Active Member

    Joined:
    19/10/17
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    14
    Gender:
    Male
    Posted 22/10/17
    Will do. Thanks for that
     
  11. Bald Head Brewery

    Active Member

    Joined:
    19/10/17
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    14
    Gender:
    Male
    Posted 23/10/17
    Now we wait. Using one of my esky's with a rotation of ice bricks to keep temp down. One in smaller fermenter is my 1st brew and been at a constant 17° for 4 days now. Other one only went in today.
     

    Attached Files:

    GregMeady likes this.
  12. Ben Hardman

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    17/10/17
    Messages:
    63
    Likes Received:
    11
    Gender:
    Male
    Posted 23/10/17
    Where abouts are you bald head? I am in Sydney and most times just sticking it in a corner keeps temp around 18 degrees which is fine for most kits.
     
  13. Bald Head Brewery

    Active Member

    Joined:
    19/10/17
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    14
    Gender:
    Male
    Posted 23/10/17
    Up near Newy mate. I have them in my shed, aka bar room.
     
  14. Ben Hardman

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    17/10/17
    Messages:
    63
    Likes Received:
    11
    Gender:
    Male
    Posted 23/10/17
    ahhh fair enough then, looks like a good little set up their for all 4 seasons!
     
  15. Bald Head Brewery

    Active Member

    Joined:
    19/10/17
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    14
    Gender:
    Male
    Posted 2/11/17
    Not sold on the flavor of this effort. It is s starting point though
     
  16. laxation

    Phlegm TB

    Joined:
    24/6/08
    Messages:
    757
    Likes Received:
    372
    Posted 2/11/17
    what didnt you like about it?

    if you've been able to manage all of that in your first brew, i'd recommend doing an all extract brew next time.
    3kg of LME
    250g crystal
    boil half the LME with 15g amarillo. After it's boiled for 45min, add another 25g. After another 10 min (55min total), add another 25g. After another 5 min (60min) add another 25g, then turn off the boil and cool.
    Once it's cool, put it in your fermenter as if it was a can - add extra water and the rest of the LME

    my head exploded when i tasted the difference between a coopers can beer, and a full extract - considering you use the same equipment and it really doesn't take much more time
     
  17. Bald Head Brewery

    Active Member

    Joined:
    19/10/17
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    14
    Gender:
    Male
    Posted 2/11/17
    Hard to put an exact finger on what it is i don't exactly like about it. Still drinkable just not 100% sold on the flavor. Will try different hops next time and may give all extract brew a crack
     
  18. clickeral

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    12/4/14
    Messages:
    140
    Likes Received:
    28
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Logistics Manager
    Location:
    Lynbrook Victoria
    Posted 2/11/17
    I wouldnt have added lactose myself
     
    wereprawn likes this.
  19. Grott

    Beer Embalmer

    Joined:
    25/3/11
    Messages:
    2,337
    Likes Received:
    1,253
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Drinker of fine ales
    Location:
    South of Adelaide
    Posted 2/11/17
    Not a criticism as such but agree with clickeral and wouldn’t use the lactose (non fermentable) and I wouldnt use dextrose, the 200gms would be better as extra LME.
    I personally believe dextrose gives a “tang” taste/feel to the beer, bit hard to explain.
     
  20. Bald Head Brewery

    Active Member

    Joined:
    19/10/17
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    14
    Gender:
    Male
    Posted 2/11/17
    Noted on all. Yes tang explained it perfectly, still drinkable. If the beer in second kegs turns out fine it will then become my VB (visitors beer).
     
    JBH, Grott and wereprawn like this.

Share This Page