Searching for the line between "hobby" and "obsession"

Honeydog Wheat, my first brew

Back in January 2010 I gave my dad his Christmas present from weeks prior: a brew day! We brewed a honey wheat with an partial-boil extract recipe from Northern Brewer. I got the deluxe starter brew kit because I had been thinking about beginning to brew for many months and had already read through a how-to book.

The Brew went to secondary and was bottled in March, I believe. I didn’t really understand the purpose of the hydrometer yet and didn’t record any readings. I recall primary fermentation took place at about 72-74 degrees, as I was concerned this might be a bit hot for primary. The only complaint I really had about the first batch was that I could tell we’d used distilled water for the entire volume, as though the brew tasted ok it kinda had a thin mouthfeel to it.

Anyway, definitely was encouraged enough to continue brewing!


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