I’m excited to have just finished my first brew. I did Caribou Slobber extract, and everything went great. Well, I guess I’ll find out in a few weeks if everything went well. One thing I learned on this first go is that the kitchen can get pretty messy if you don’t really have your system down.
One thing that worked really well is the process I used to cool the wort. From what I’ve read, most folks either use a ice water bath or a wort chiller. I combined the two with great results. Here’s what I did: Put boil pot in ice water bath, coiled up water hose and submerged in the ice bath, water hose feeds the copper coil wort chiller. So the tap water gets pre cooled in the ice bath before it feeds the chiller, and the pot is also sitting in the ice bath. Seemed really efficient The end result was boiling to 78 degrees in about 5 minutes. That could be a totally normal time, but as a first timer, I was expecting it to take longer.
Here’s a question: I have the fermentor in a small room that stays cooler than the rest of the house, since the house temp is a little too warm. I have a small heater in there with a thermostat to regulate the temp. One thing I forgot to buy is a fermometer so I can’t see the temp inside the fermentor. Is the temp in the fermentor pretty close to room temp, or does it generate quite a bit of heat? Should I keep the room cooler than 65 deg? What do ya think?