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srehg5 01-04-2013 10:26 PM

First batch underway
 
Hi all! I'm in the middle of brewing my first batch. It is the brewers best weizenbier kit. After all my research I was very concerned about te hot break, but it seemed to go to a rolling boil without one. It's all LME and hops. Is there anything I should be concerned about? Smells delicious and everything is sanitized to so I think I'm ok.

MoreHops 01-04-2013 10:51 PM

I think you'll be okay. I think (and I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong) that you generally won't observe much (if any) hot break when using extracts alone because the extract has already been boiled extensively, thereby removing all the proteins that form the hot break. You'll only see hot break when doing all-grain or steeping grains.
Congrats on the first batch! Hope it's great!

Channel66 01-04-2013 11:04 PM

Nope you made beer er wort for now, being the temp down to 70, pitch your yeast, then be patient leave it be for at least 3 weeks, just be sure to keep the fermenter temperature constant within the optimum temp range of your yeast. Temperature control is very important. and only bottle it after it has stopped fermenting (ie. 3 days of consecutive hydrometer readings come back the same) enjoy! Relax, don't worry, have a micro brew (until your home brew is ready)

srehg5 01-04-2013 11:33 PM

Thanks! Now the hardest part... Patience

srehg5 01-04-2013 11:34 PM

Also, should I rack this beer to a secondary? I know this may start some arguments. I did add Irish moss for the last 15 minutes of the boil.

Channel66 01-05-2013 12:59 AM

I am part of the camp that says no secondary unless you are dry hopping adding wood or fruit, or bulk aging. Just keep it in your primary until it's done fermenting and cleared up.

srehg5 01-05-2013 04:18 AM

Another mistake. I added my sample for the hydrometer back to the fermentation bucket. Is this ok?

vogtenstein222 01-05-2013 04:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by srehg5
Hi all! I'm in the middle of brewing my first batch. It is the brewers best weizenbier kit. After all my research I was very concerned about te hot break, but it seemed to go to a rolling boil without one. It's all LME and hops. Is there anything I should be concerned about? Smells delicious and everything is sanitized to so I think I'm ok.

I'm starting my bb weizenbier tomorrow! My first batch as well! Welcome to this fantastic addiction and best of luck.
As said above relax, don't worry, have a micro brew....till your homebrew is done

MoreHops 01-07-2013 02:21 AM

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Originally Posted by srehg5 (Post 4749029)
Another mistake. I added my sample for the hydrometer back to the fermentation bucket. Is this ok?

If your hydrometer and testing cylinder were sanitized it should be perfectly fine. Even if it wasn't sanitized but was clean, it will probably be okay, but the risk of contamination might be increased. Only time will tell...

MoreHops 01-07-2013 02:31 AM

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Originally Posted by srehg5 (Post 4748041)
Also, should I rack this beer to a secondary? I know this may start some arguments. I did add Irish moss for the last 15 minutes of the boil.

Using a secondary is a matter of personal preference. Most of the members on HBT appear to be steering others away from using a secondary (unless dry hopping or adding adjuncts, etc). As for me, I always secondary, but it's because I use an open bucket as a primary which has a large headspace, so I like to rack to secondary after ~1 week (once fermentation is complete) to reduce the headspace and reduce (potential) oxidative damage and to bulk condition the beer. Furthermore, up until recently, I was using my primary as a bottling bucket so I needed to get the beer off the trub so I could introduce the primary sugar.
A search of these forums will give you a whole slew of opinions of whether to secondary or not...


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