I just boiled up my first batch of beer yesterday, I am doing the NB American Wheat Beer extract kit. The boil went well, not mess. The water where I live it pretty crappy well water so I used some of the water from out of our 6 stage reverse osmosis filtration system for our fish tank, makes awesome ice too I am also using an empty 6 gallon salt bucket for fermenting. All appears to be going well, it started bubbling in the airlock last night and it is bubbling away quite steadily today.
I did have one issue, not sure if it is really and issue, I measured the original gravity before tossing in the yeast and it was only reading about 1032 not the 1042 listed in the directions, I would assume I am just going to have a slightly lower alcohol content at the end.
One more question just for clarification, after bottle conditioning for 2-3 weeks do I have to refrigerate all the beer or would it be fine to leave some out in a cool area so it doesn’t take up as much space in the fridge?