|This is the label from our can of extract.|
|The Home Brewing Kit.|
We went to the Farm Bureau and purchased everything we should need last Saturday. A knowledgeable fellow, Al, helped us and is also a home brewer so we felt good about his advice. We didn't want to start this too soon and run it into having to process some part of it on Thanksgiving day! We should be OK until at least Wednesday of next week.
|The kit contained everything except the extract, sugar, caps, and bottles.|
ZERO HOUR. First thing, we set about to dip 3 quarts of our prepared water into a stock pot and turn on the heat as it must be brought to a boil. Next we drew a dishpan of hot water and after removing the label from the can of extract submerged the can in the water to warm it to make it more free flowing. The next step was to mix 1 T. of the beer equipment disinfectant with 1 gal. of very warm water and disinfect everything that will touch the beer. (You needn't worry about the water or pans because of the boiling and keeping them covered with their lids.)
We are making a 5 gallon batch rather than the 6 as specified by the kit as Al recommended cutting back the water only for a deeper flavor. Hay Brian wants big flavor don't you know!
|Dissolving the extract in the boiling water.|
As soon as we complete this task we fill the brewing pail to the 5 gallon line with the room temperature and previously boiled water stirring away as we go. They have a special lingo that goes along with this and if I recall correctly we now have "wort". I think that is what they term the mixture before you "throw the yeast".
|"Throwing the Yeast."|
|Tucked away in a dark place.|