After my first disastrous attempt, and all the knowledge I have gained since then i do hope that this time i will be successful. To that end I have gone with the most simple of brews. Instead of a stout, I will this time do a Cider. Youngs cider kit to be exact.
I made sure everything was sterile and boiled 5 pints of water. I added 1kg of brewing sugar (glucose) into my bucket and also the can of apple juice concentrate. I then added my hot water and stirred.
This time around though I had the bucket in a bathtub half filled with cold water to cool it down. The temperature should be below 30c and it was below 20c which should be fine.
Then the yeast and yeast nutrient were added and it got a good stir as per the instructions.
I used my shiny new auto siphon to siphon a little into a test tube and take my specific gravity which was 1.042. I then transferred this into a washed beer bottle and put some tissue in the top, this should in theory ferment at the same rate as the bucket and I can take gravity readings now without having to open my bucket and risk infection.
Keeping the room at a constant temperature is my Bionaire Galileo panel heater. The unit has a remote control with thermostat so i leave the remote sitting beside the bucket and the temperature is set to 20 degrees Celsius.