I’m very excited to brew my first batch of beer compliments of Northern Brewer and their fine equipment. I recently purchased the following:
- Essential Brewing Starter Kit (w/Caribou Slobber)
- Raise Your Game Fresh Start Upgrade Kit
I wanted to pose a few general questions to the forum before I got started as I didn’t really get clear answers from the instructions provided. Any input you all could give is greatly appreciated. Here goes.
The instructions for the Slobber say to ‘smack’ the yeast prior to brewing. I was given this yeast (http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/brew … yeast.html) with the kit. I assume that’s dry yeast. What prep needs to be done with this one, if anything?
The kit didn’t come with a thermometer and it appears that heating/cooling (duh) is a big part of the process. Will one from the supermarket work? And should that be sanitized as well prior to brewing?
Storage - For the fermentation stage, I was planning on keeping the bucket in the garage…but it’s a little chilly in there (I live in Seattle). What would be a better place for this? The corner of the living room or something? Directions say “warm, dark and quiet”.
On the DVD, the lid was removed during fermentation to check the status…should that only be done once during the process to check? Also, what’s advised as far as length. 1-2 for the primary fermentation and then 2-4 for the secondary. So 3-6 total. Five weeks good then?
The airlock - What should I be looking for with that during fermentation?
That should be it for the initial process. I really appreciate whatever feedback you all could provide as I’m a bit of a perfectionist and would like to get this right the first time. :cheers:
Thanks so much and happy brewing!