Kegconnection Complete Starter Kit and More Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > First batch @ 10 days, pics and hydrometer reading

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-07-2012, 01:41 PM   #1
cbehr
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Ephrata, PA
Posts: 250
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default First batch @ 10 days, pics and hydrometer reading

Well my first batch was an extract with steeping grains. I knew next to nothing(still do but have read the online How to Brew book and have spent many hours on this fantastic site!

Anyway, the recipe was a Belgian Wit kit from a local shop and consisted of the following:
4lbs wheat malt extract
2lbs Pilsen malt extract
1/2lb belgian aromatic malt
1/2 oz bitter orange
3/4 tsp coriander seeds
3/4 oz willamette bittering hops
1/2 oz willamette flavoring hops
1/2 oz saaz finishing hops
White labs WLP 400 belgian wit yeast

I think process went well, I was very careful on temp & to sterilizing but did not start the yeast a day or two ahead of time as I've since read you should with liquid yeast. I also did not take a OG as I was told by the shop it wasn't necessary and did not have a hydrometer at the time.

How does everything look @ day 10? I'm going to take another reading tomorrow and see how it changes as I'm not certain what the FG should be. Taste is kinda bitter but not bad.


__________________
cbehr is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-07-2012, 01:55 PM   #2
Jayhem
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Culpeper, VA
Posts: 2,563
Liked 254 Times on 206 Posts
Likes Given: 1161

Default

Leave that sucker in the fermenter another week and then bottle. It looks good but that foam (krausen) on the surface is a sign that the beer may not be done fermenting yet. Congrats on what looks to be a successful first brew!

__________________

Next up: American Brown Ale
Primary 1&2:
Primary 3&4:
Bottle Conditioning/drinking: Summer Kolsch, White Zombie (Amarillo IPA), English Pale Ale (ESB)

Jayhem is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-07-2012, 01:58 PM   #3
HopSong
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
HopSong's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Healdsburg, CA
Posts: 1,795
Liked 75 Times on 67 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

+1

__________________
Cheers, Bill
HopSong is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-11-2012, 01:58 AM   #4
cbehr
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Ephrata, PA
Posts: 250
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Being that I'm a newbie and was very nosey I took a look today being very careful to sanatize everything. The hydrometer reading was still the same but I still have a nice layer of foam on the top. I'm assuming this means it's still fermenting(as you guys suggested to give it a week) but I was surprised the hydrometer reading was the same as last thursday?

__________________
cbehr is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-11-2012, 02:04 AM   #5
kh54s10
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Tiverton, Rhode Island
Posts: 6,465
Liked 566 Times on 481 Posts
Likes Given: 154

Default

Leave it alone anyway. After the gravity stops dropping (FG) the yeast will still work at cleaning up the byproducts of fermentation cleaning up off flavors and clearing the beer. The 2 main schools of thought are to get to FG and bottle or to wait a month or so. I split the difference and bottle after about 3 weeks.

__________________
kh54s10 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-18-2012, 04:39 PM   #6
cbehr
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Ephrata, PA
Posts: 250
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Well I bottled it on 6/15 taking your advice to let it go another week. The krausen was gone at that point and everything seemed to go smooth. The beer was a little more bitter than I expected but it's hard to tell as it was warm and had no carbontion. Is this potentially an off flavor or could it clear up in bottling?

__________________
cbehr is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-18-2012, 04:44 PM   #7
wilserbrewer
Vendor
HBT_SPONSOR.png
Vendor Ads 
Feedback Score: 9 reviews
 
wilserbrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Jersey Shore, Jersey
Posts: 6,563
Liked 392 Times on 336 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by cbehr View Post
The beer was a little more bitter than I expected but it's hard to tell as it was warm and had no carbontion. Is this potentially an off flavor or could it clear up in bottling?
Your beer will taste very different and likely much much better after a couple three weeks in the bottle and chilled. RDWHAHB Diagnosing "off flavors" at bottling time is way premature.

ps...best to stop mucking around in your brew so often, no point in taking a gravity reading if you still have kruesen on top. Opening your fermenter daily to have a look is not good practice...yea I realize a noob feels they have to do something...but let it be.
__________________
wilserbrewer
BIAB Bags, Hop Bags and Ratchet Pulleys for sale

Expert tailor and supplier of custom sized, top quality BIAB bags, hop bags and ratchet pulleys at reasonable pricing

http://biabbags.webs.com



CORONA MILL BUCKET SYSTEM V. 2.0
wilserbrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-18-2012, 04:46 PM   #8
kh54s10
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Tiverton, Rhode Island
Posts: 6,465
Liked 566 Times on 481 Posts
Likes Given: 154

Default

You need to bottle condition at about 70 degrees for at least 2 weeks and probably 3 weeks, maybe more. The flavors will change, sometimes quite a bit between bottle day and when fully conditioned.

I had one that I tried a bit early at 2 weeks and didn't think much of it. At 3 weeks it was much better and at 3 1/2 weeks became on of my favorite batches. Sadly it is now long gone.

__________________
kh54s10 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-18-2012, 06:20 PM   #9
Jayhem
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Culpeper, VA
Posts: 2,563
Liked 254 Times on 206 Posts
Likes Given: 1161

Default

My spiced wheat beer tastes pretty nasty at bottling but really starts to get nice after about 4 weeks in the bottle @ 70F and then another 3-4 days in the fridge.

__________________

Next up: American Brown Ale
Primary 1&2:
Primary 3&4:
Bottle Conditioning/drinking: Summer Kolsch, White Zombie (Amarillo IPA), English Pale Ale (ESB)

Jayhem is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-18-2012, 06:54 PM   #10
cbehr
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Ephrata, PA
Posts: 250
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Good deal guys, I was hoping to hear this!!

I am being more patient with my two batches one in primary and second racked to secondary with apricot puree after two weeks. As I've read a good bit on here I am learning patience is key, althought it is very difficult I must say.

__________________
cbehr is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
F.G. reading is at1.015 in 4 days? Jimmyjoe Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 20 01-06-2012 06:54 PM
Hydrometer reading ChandlerBang Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 11-01-2010 05:56 PM
First batch, forgot to take first hydrometer reading... ajl Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 01-18-2010 12:38 AM
Hydrometer Reading Only Two Days DizzyPants Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 05-13-2009 12:51 PM
Batch fermented out. Hydrometer reading of 1008 instead of 1006. Should I re-pitch? SilverAnalyst Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 15 06-07-2007 05:48 PM