We began our first home brew project last night.
I had originally planned to do a video diary kind of thing but I decided to not bother, and instead shoot some pics with my phone.
We had some trouble removing the cap from the Fest Brew bag. I had to get a pipe wrench to pry it off. I expected this after watching a video on YouTube a couple of weeks ago from someone also using a Fest Brew kit. Once the cap was off, we poured the contents into the primary fermentation pail. My son said it smelled like molasses.
Before adding the yeast slurry, I took a hydrometer reading: 1.056
One thing I found a little annoying is that there's very little information included with a kit (this one or the one I got years ago) that gives you detailed info about reading a hydrometer. I watched a few videos on YouTube before I understood it, and now realize one of the benefits of taking before and after readings is to know what the ABV of the beer will be. :) The kits typically tell you what a reading should be before you bottle it. That's it, that's all.
This kit is a little different than the one I used years ago. It's a 2-stage. There's no air-lock for the primary fermentation pail. The secondary is a glass carboy and there's an airlock for it. The first time I tried a home brew years ago was with a single stage kit, and the pail I have has a hole in the lid for an air-lock. I still have most of that kit, and I'll eventually put it to use after this first batch is done.
So there we go. Day 1 is done. I had a peek in the pail this morning to see how it's doing. I know you're not supposed to, but I was curious to see how the fermentation is going. I'll leave it alone for the next day or two and then check it again in preparation for moving it to the carboy.