I got a beer-making kit some time ago during a visit to England. Carefully chosen among a field of contenders, it had good reviews and looked like a safe bet. For some reason I haven't used it until now. Perhaps a nervousness about making beer for the first time, and to be fair I hadn't got all the hardware I needed (although I could have acquired that a long time ago). But anyway, today was the day.
I had bought second-hand beer bottles from car boot sales, I have a fermentation bin (bought for winemaking) and a plastic dustbin that I bought for storing Dahlia tubers in over Winter. The dustbin will act as a water bath to keep the brew at a constant temperature using a small aquarium heater. This heater was the last component I needed and it arrived from Amazon a few days ago, so now was the time to take the plunge.
The heater came with instructions, of course, and a list of advantages, including the claim that the heating element will not explode. Good to know. I set the temperature to 19 °C which is the mid-range of the acceptable limits. I have read that the temperature of the beer is very important while it's brewing, so I wanted to be sure that I can match the requirements.
I followed the instructions, carefully sterilising everything, and now the whole lot is in a cool place, and I'm waiting for the fermentation to start. I will let you know how I get on.
Update, Thursday. Bubbling well, smells like beer!