- One beer making kit with all equipment required (2 stage)
- One 23L bag of Pale Ale pasteurized brewer's wort
It was a spur of the moment thing where I decided if I'm going to do this, I had to go that day. Besides, my teenage son had been bugging me for weeks about it since I told him it would be a father/son project. (he doesn't drink, but he likes the science behind it)
I drove to Defalco's in Orleans about a half hour before closing. The lone clerk was super helpful. After choosing the kit, I asked for a fairly simple mix to get me started and he recommended the Festa Brew mixes. "Pour it in the bucket, pitch the yeast, and Bob's your uncle."
I was surprised (and very pleased) to find that I wouldn't have to stink up the house boiling the wort. I think that was actually the main deterrent in my mind that made me procrastinate. The first time I made beer in my early 20s, it was a messy and smelly job.
I may eventually give that process another try at some point, but for now I'll take the somewhat easier route. I could have gone even easier with a 1 stage Cooper's Brewing Kit.
The kit now sits in my basement, awaiting me and has been for a couple of weeks. :) I had to wait until our basement was tidy enough that I wasn't stepping (or tripping) over things. That cleanup happened this past weekend.
The only thing standing between us and starting the brew is timing. I'd like to try and make sure that the bottling will occur on a weekend, rather than mid-week, which means getting started mid-week or thereabouts. Perhaps tomorrow.
I'm thinking of video-recording our attempt for posterity. And maybe YouTube. :)