My cousin, who came over last weekend and helped with my first brew, ordered the deluxe kit a few days ago (yeah, had to one up me hahaha). I imagine I’ll be heading to his house next week to help him with his first brew.
For his first batch, he ordered the Chinook IPA. While I don’t think he made a mistake choosing that particular recipe, I thought he would have been better off staying with a more simple one with a quicker turnaround time (6 weeks to 4 for my American Wheat). Also, with the IPA, we’re going to be looking at steeping grains and a secondary fermentation. Seems a bit more complex for a first time brew IMO.
So do you guys have any good advice and tips when we start? I worry a bit about racking to a secondary as we don’t have our “brewing chops” down just yet. If I had this kit, I’d probably stay with a longer primary and then just go to bottling. Bad advice?
I just want this brew to go as smooth as mine has went, if not better. That will tell us we’re doing everything right.
Thanks again everyone for your advice and suggestions?