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Old 01-03-2013, 12:48 AM   #1
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Hello!

Just put my first batch in the primary! Just picked up a kit from Midwest and got the Autumn Amber Ale to try out. I'm a little nervous that I got the wort too cold, it went way faster than I thought. But I'm sure it will be fine.

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Old 01-03-2013, 12:59 AM   #2
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Too cold before you pitched your yeast? It would be worse if it was too warm; you will be absolutely fine, and congratulations!

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Old 01-03-2013, 01:01 AM   #3
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Congrats, exciting.

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Hi my name is Chipman, and I'm a brewaholic. Welcome! What went faster than you thought? The chilling? Not a bad thing for future batches! Faster the better.

Three words of advice for you though... patience, patience, patience! That's the hardest part especially with your first batch. Give it at least 3 weeks in the fermentor and 3 weeks in the bottle or keg to carbonate. In the meantime brew another brew!

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Old 01-03-2013, 01:11 AM   #5
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Yes - the chilling went very fast, plus the bottled spring water I used to top off was a little chilled. I'm from WI so I used a cooler to bring in snow from outside and put it in the bath tub with water - worked fast.

If I'm doing a secondary ferment in a glass carboy I want to go roughly a week in the primary, then two weeks in the secondary correct?

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Hello!

Just put my first batch in the primary! Just picked up a kit from Midwest and got the Autumn Amber Ale to try out. I'm a little nervous that I got the wort too cold, it went way faster than I thought. But I'm sure it will be fine.

Cheers!
I LOVE brewing in the winter for just that reason! Chilling wort to under 70, when the tap water is hovering around 80, is not nearly as fun.....

Welcome to the obsession!
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Yes - the chilling went very fast, plus the bottled spring water I used to top off was a little chilled. I'm from WI so I used a cooler to bring in snow from outside and put it in the bath tub with water - worked fast.

If I'm doing a secondary ferment in a glass carboy I want to go roughly a week in the primary, then two weeks in the secondary correct?
If you decide to use a secondary (typically not required), try to wait for fermentation to finish fully which could be a week or even three before transferring. The secondary is really only to clear and age (mainly clear) your finish product. You can leave it in the secondary from a week to several months.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:51 PM   #8
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Is this normal? The water line was level before.

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Yep.. its called CO2, the yeast poop it.. it will flow throught he water and out.. thats what its there for to seal the air chamber.

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Congrats... My first brew is an IPA and Im gonna ferment in primary for 3 weeks.

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