REPLY TO JCLEVERBREW two above:............................Whoah! There is ALWAYS time (and space) to brew......even if it is just the simplest no-boil kits and a plastic bucket.............if you can cook a meal in your kitchen...you can certainly brew in it! After your first brew, come back and let us know how it went!
Brewed my AHS Boddington's Pub ale clone Monday evening and it's happily bubbling away. The bad part was, I broke my hydrometer while sanitizing it. I sprayed it with some Starsan and as I reached for a towel, it slipped out of my hand. I guess now I'll have to leave a little earlier for work and stop at Kedco to get another one. Last night I had a Mr. Beer High Country Canadian Draft and a St. Pat's stout/Creamy Brown. I brewed the HCCD 10/2, let it sit in the primary for three weeks and bottled 10/23. Blah... The St. Pat's brewed 9/17, bottled 10/8 also blah. Almost all my Mr. Beer kits had had the same kind of "off" taste - kind of bitter chocolate-y. I'm gonna try one more kit and not use the yeast that they provide. If they still have the same taste, maybe it's off to the schist can for Mr. Beer, or at least their kits. I can still use the little brown kegs to experiment.
5 hours of today went to: bottling my AHS Winter IPA (tastes great), transferring a friends IPA to a secondary/dry hop, and transfer Wheat into the secondary with 3lbs of previously frozen Blue Berries. First problem experienced was that my party pig valve was cracked because I did not let the pressure out when I tried open it. So....Do I have enough bottles? yes with not one to spare (major PIA). Then I learned it's not a good idea to ram the berries through the plastic funnel with a butter knife (it just happened to be there and ez to sterilize). Total Carboys cleaned 5 and a bottling bucket.
Well, sampled my Greenbelt Pale Ale the other day... really very good. I think I'm starting to become a hop head. Not too hoppy though. Went to the AHS website to try and see if they had a flavor profile for it. I wanted to see where the IBUs wound up. Bottled my AHS Winter Warmer Tuesday before I had to set out to talk with the wonderful folks at the Town Of Babylon court. I'll bottle the Boddington's Pub clone, hopefully this weekend.