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Old 02-20-2011, 09:10 PM   #1
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Default First Brew: day 1.

My question first:
It's early yet, but will there be any problem with racking to a 6.5 gallon carboy (or back to the same bucket if that's not an option) after 2 weeks? I will not be able to tend the wort for the 2 weeks after that.

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... but not my first brew. I've done a few batches of wine now (nothing bottled yet, but the blueberry is ready whenever I am).

I wanted to try a beer with some family... we ended up making the Copper Ale kit from Midwest. We did the partial boil on the stovetop, but I'm planning on getting a bigger kettle (my current is for canning) and a propane burner... then maybe some DIY stuff.

I only rehydrated the yeast. I have a magnetic stir plate that I just made (from the DIY instructions here), but the stir bar shipped a day late from Amazon.

The only mistake (that I know of) was a lost grommit from my primary; it slipped right through the hole. Luckily I have another that just needed cleaning & sanitizing. It also sounds like most people use other sanitizers. I have lots of Na/K-Metabisulfite - I can't imagine small amounts have any effect on brewing yeasts (there's no effect on 6 gallons of must).
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Old 02-20-2011, 09:13 PM   #2
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you don't need to rack the beer until you bottle. just let it stay in the primary.

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Old 02-20-2011, 09:15 PM   #3
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edb beat me to it. edit

I would just leave it in the primary for the whole 4 weeks. It won't hurt anything, it probably will end with better results that way. RDWHAHB. Racking a simple beer like that to secondary will just complicate things and increase the chance for infection/oxidation. Just bottle when you're able to.


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Sorry... another question - the instructions didn't say to remove the hop detritus. There is a bit of the gunk -- will this be ok to sit on for a week or two??

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Racking won't be a problem. Larger beers (IPA, barleywine, inperials..) are routinely left for weeks/months at a time, just make sure the temp is in the comfortable range for the yeast and you're good. As far as i know the majority of beer people use starsan or iodophor to sanitize and i have to admit, I don't know what sodium/ potassium metabisulfate does and it would probably be best to leave it out of your beer since i've never seen anywhere that it's called for in the beer process.

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Sorry... another question - the instructions didn't say to remove the hop detritus. There is a bit of the gunk -- will this be ok to sit on for a week or two??
yeah man, just let it all sit. Beer isn't as needy as wine is to make. Just let it all sit in primary for 4 to six weeks then prime and bottle and let it sit another three to six. set it and forget it
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