I brewed yesterday. I was home sick and my ingredients arrived, so I told myself there's no time like the present. I decided to cheat this time around and used malt syrup with some grain steeping. The style is an over-bittered wheat beer meets an over-wheated pale ale. It uses 6 pounds of wheat malt extract, 1/2 pound of crystal malt, 1/2oz. Summit bittering hops, and 1oz each of Willamette and Cascade hops 10 minutes prior to the end of a 60-minute boil.
OG was 1.045, exactly what the recipe calls for.
I used Wyeast 1056 American Ale liquid yeast. I pitched @ 83°F at around 5pm. and moved it to the closet under the stairs, where the ambient temp should stay btw 74°-78°F. No action when I checked on it at 9pm, but the yeasties really woke up at some point during the night. I should have used a blowoff tube as I had quite a happy, aromatic, foamy mess bubling up and out of the airlock. Fortunately the closet is not carpeted.
My first 5 gallon batch is proceeding swimmingly.