The brewing happened as planned today. I had forgotten what a mess it makes. No matter how neat you try to do it, the pot always finds a way to boil over and make a big, sticky mess on the stove.
Straining the beer from the kettle to the fermenter is also a challenge. I think it must be the hops that clog things up so fast. We used a handy funnel with built-in strainer, and it took several iterations of: pour beer into funnel until strainer clogs up, stir up gunk in funnel until funnel slowly drains, repeat. It’s definitely a two-person job, although I must say it does a fine job of aerating the wort in the process.
Starting gravity of this batch was roughly 1.070, which could be a pretty potent beer, depending on how completely all the stuff ferments out. I think the starter culture was a good idea.