Skip past my drivel to the bold at the bottom. My first batch and something went horrible awry. Well pretty much everything. If you could do it wrong i did. 1 Spilling the grains all over the counter top, 2 not warming the extract prior to using, 3 not turning off the stove when adding said extract, 4 coating the entire kitchen ceiling with vapor/mist/water droplets, 5 not realizing i need more than a couple trays of ice to cool the wort 6 not realizing my temp prob is NOT water proof 7 and the process continued dismally but i can't count past seven without losing interest. Beer was bland and tasted effervescent(?). Waste not want not...I gave some of it away to people i didn't like (j/k, i like them a little. Think i gave an entire 6 pack to my sis and brother-in-law, hahaha) and drank the rest. Batch number 2!!! Well i f#$#@ nailed the brew process this time...up till a point. This time i brewed outside/in the garage. I sat down to watch and enjoy the boil with a beer. WAIT the beer is inside the house. If i leave it will boil over. Went beerless for a long time. Now entertaining the idea of joining a local brew club. Someone will bring me a beer if i can't leave a boil right???? Problem number one started when i wanted to finish everything inside. I didn't adjust the burner so the bottom of the pot was coated with soot. Have you tried cleaning that stuff off of 1.the kitchen sink 2.the counter tops 3.two towels 4.floor 5.sponge 6.shirt 7.window curtains...window curtains?? wtf?? 8.where was i Now that we are in the kitchen i got this REALLY cool thing called a wort chiller i think? Lets hook it up to the sink and get this bad boy chillen. Wait, what? Connections are wrong and need a garden hose? But i was just out there now inside...cries. Bring super hot and heavy black cauldron of death out back. Chill with super duper wort chiller snake thing and bring back into kitchen. Asks son to find you-tube video on how to re-assemble auto syphon. Hard to find when you can't spell syphon correctly. Everything clean and put away. Time passes, about 11 days. Racking to secondary i take a little taste of the stuff left in the first. Yum. If i could bottle RIGHT NOW i would. Now back to waiting, about 2 weeks. Bottling time has arrived! Seems to be a lot of flocculation(?) in the secondary carboy. Forgot about the gallon of sanstar mix that ended up on the kitchen floor before the operation. Anyway. I started typing just to ask this one question. Not sure how my fingers got away from me. Pretty sure all the stuff floating on top was from the Cascade hops i used to dry hop. As i was auto siphoning and getting down to the bottom, the stuff was falling through the beer. Ended up messing up the siphoning process and i had to stop. Wasted a good gallon of beer!!! Was it the hops? Didn't happen on the first batch of beer i made, but that was with centennial hops. How do i stop this? Also i had my corn sugar mix made up for 5 gallons and only got 4. Thanks guys. Can't WAIT to start the 3rd batch!! IPA's all day.