10:30am: Mike starts sanitizing the area using the spray bottle, and filling up the sink with sanitizing solution. Terri, starts roaming the internet...
10:47am: In an effort to figure out how to accurately measure 3 gallons. Mike goes through several options. Measure 48 cups using the measuring cup? No... "Babe!, can you finish the gallon of milk. Um, No" He then finds my pasta holding cup and says "THIS IS 1 liter!" Can I scratch lines in your mixing bowl to say where I gallon is?... No, I'll use tape. :)
10:53, we have measured 3 gallons. :)
12:15 This is a heavy pot. Mike wants to remember it. (He moved it off the heat) and has deemed the thermometer set up successful.
12:23 Mike has pulled out the grains, and is preparing to replace them with hops. I am searching for some way to support my Knee.
12:32 Like a true idiot Mike says "get a whif of that" and sticks the hops under my hose. I cough until 12:34 when Mike finds a runaway hop and plops them into the water. Quickly declaring the pot "hypnotizing to watch"
1:00, we might have put the hops in too early. And it isnt quite rolling boiling like it should be.
1:38 I have acquired chick fila, Mike is boiling water to rehydrate the yeast, and is going to fill up the giant blue bucket from outside. The pots boiling nicely and things seem to be going well.
1:55 ice in the blue bucket and Mike's sanitizing everything to get ready to put it in the fermenter.
1:59, we have ice in the bucket, and ice in the beer. Mike's not content with the coldness factor. It has to cool down to below 80*, but between ice and the airconditioner, he's moving pretty fast. ALSO, the house smells of beer.
2:39. The beer was poured into the fermenter, and on the floor...and on my purse... LEARNING EXPERIENCES HERE PEOPLE!
4:40 and and a little behind schedule. but we're finally cooling down. The Hydrometer reads 1.047
5:00 perhaps doing this the weekend of one failtastrophe lead to others. it appears the rubber stopper has vanished, and Mike is trying to figure out how to seal the bucket. Parafilm has been mentioned, as has duct tape.
5:05pm Done. (for 2 weeks)