I ordered my second brew kit from Northern Brewer the afternoon I bottled my first batch. It took more than a week to arrive (but I’ll cut them some slack since the time between order and delivery included a holiday).

Eight days after Brew Day No. 2, I transferred the brew into a secondary fermenter.
Eight days after Brew Day No. 2, I transferred the brew into a secondary fermenter.

One of my favorite styles of beer to drink is amber, so I was really looking forward to brewing the American Amber. It arrived after work on a Monday and I immediately got going on brewing.

Brew day (or evening) went smoothly. I even put on the Monday Night Football game in the background. The recipe proved to be similar to my initial batch. It featured some specialty grains, liquid malt extract (LME) and hops. It included two LME and two Cascade hops additions.

I took a gravity reading and it came in at about 1.043, which is slightly lower than the advertised 1.047 (but much closer than I came with my initial batch).

I wrapped up — including cleaning — in just over three hours and sat down to watch the final minutes of the game while sipping on a Boulder Brewery Hazed and Infused. It was delicious.

Homebrew No. 1: Irish Red Ale.
Homebrew No. 1: Irish Red Ale.

Quick Update: The night after I brewed my second batch I popped open another bottle of the Irish Red. Success! It’s still a little bland but I’m enjoying the direction it’s headed. It’s been in bottles for just under two weeks now. A few more days and it should be very drinkable. Not bad for a first attempt.

Batch No. 2 is fermenting nicely at the rate of about 45 bubbles/minute (I know it’s not pro to judge a fermentation by airlock activity, but it’s cool to see a visible sign that something’s happening). I think I got the wort to a cooler temperature quicker this time as well.