Hi All, so since this was my first brew, I'm pretty sure that I was kinda went assbackwards on how to do everything (e.g. starting at 9:00 at night ). Anyways, here is my longwinded question/process:
I had made a partial boil (3 gallons of wort), and let 2 gallons of spring water sit outside and stay cool (in the low 30s). After adding the hot wort to the cold water, It brought the temp down to about 90 degrees. I then tried to further cool down the wort by putting it in my bathtub with cold water, however, it was around 3:00am by the time it was 80 degrees. I decided to pitch the yeast in the morning when the temp finally reached 68.
How bad was it that I waited that long to pitch the yeast?
From what I gather, I hear that letting the wart cool for a long time before pitching is not a good thing. Will this ruin my batch/cause horrendous off flavors?
Thanks for anyones response.