Originally Posted by alfista
2. Worried about condensation on the arms of the wort chiller dripping into the wort
3. Never used Wyeast before. Kneaded mixture as described and waited for it to puff up. I added the yeast to 1 cup of the wort at about 85 degrees and then funneled it into the carboy while transferring from the kettle.
5. Using a 6.5g carboy for the first time. Looks rather empty (no indicator of volume). LHBS didn't have a cap that supported a blow-off tube so using a length of 1" tubing instead. Seems like it would work ok. However...
6. Still no yeast activity visible. Every kit I've done has been very active by the next moring. At what point should I be nervous? I have another packed of irish yeast I can use if needed.
All in all a lot of fun. Can't wait to do the next one. However I think I need to get a propane burner for the next batch. My stove has a high-capacity burner which worked well, but still more of a mess than I'd like to create on the stove.
Condensation dripping off the chiller shouldn't be a concern. The way I see it, the chiller was sanitized in the boil and the condensation came from your boiled wort.
Give your yeast time to get going. I would wait at least 24 hours before getting concerned.
I marked my carboy at each gallon. Look at this thread http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/need-favor-how-deep-carboy-6379/?highlight=carboy