Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > First brew today
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-09-2009, 12:34 AM   #1
bryanjints
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Jersey
Posts: 182
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default First brew today

I just got done brewing my first batch of beer. It is sitting down in the basement air lock in place waiting to ferment.

I did lots of reading, lots of researching, and talked to several home brewers. I read John Palmers book 2 maybe 3 times and several sections more than that. After all that I came to the conclusion to just follow the recipe exactly how it is written. So thats what I did for the most part.

The only part of my brewing process that I wasn't in the recipe was using a wort chiller. The chiller worked great but I will not waste all the water again. I used some of it to water the lawn but lots of it just went down my driveway. I pay for city water...I am going to be getting a pump.

I also aerated the wort like Palmer suggests by pouring back and forth between brew pot and fermenting bucket. This created lots of foam. I assume the foam is normal.

The only question I have is what is useful for getting a reading with the Hydrometer? Dropping it into the bucket worked but the foam made it very difficult to read.

__________________
bryanjints is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-09-2009, 12:37 AM   #2
Big10Seaner
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Schaumburg
Posts: 683
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

Default

It sounds like you were well prepared and your process should be good. I usually use a wine thief to take a sample/hydrometer reading and it works well.

__________________

End of the Line Brewing
Primary: Caramel Cider
Secondary: Bourbon Vanilla Porter
On tap: Some Sort of IPA, Cherry Cider
Bottled: Belgian Sour (1st place winner Binny's Chicago Comp)

Big10Seaner is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-09-2009, 12:43 AM   #3
homebeerbrewer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
homebeerbrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Home, where the beer is., Taxachusetts
Posts: 1,895
Liked 79 Times on 70 Posts
Likes Given: 24

Default

If you don't have anything else to use, dropping it in the bucket works, but it is hard to read. I like the thief, it's easy to use, and it's a great way to sample the beer after fermentation. I just drain it into a small glass and taste.

Congrats on your first batch, sounds like it went well.

__________________
homebeerbrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-09-2009, 01:01 AM   #4
MIbrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Holly, MI
Posts: 26
Default

Dropping it in the bucket works, and for added help, give the hydrometer a spin. This will sometimes help remove the bubbles in the very near vicinity of the hydro.

I use a turkey baster and a sample cylinder. Bonus of the sample cylinder is you can taste your green beer. Just never pour back into the fermenter!

__________________

Signatures are for clever people.

MIbrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-09-2009, 01:05 AM   #5
arturo7
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
arturo7's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Huntington Beach
Posts: 9,111
Liked 174 Times on 135 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Didn't your hydro come with a tall, thin plastic tube? Fill up the tube, drop in the hydro.

__________________

Hey, knock that shvt off. We're drinkin' here.

arturo7 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-09-2009, 02:15 AM   #6
bryanjints
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Jersey
Posts: 182
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by arturo7 View Post
Didn't your hydro come with a tall, thin plastic tube? Fill up the tube, drop in the hydro.
It did. I wasn't looking at it like that I was only viewing it as a hydro holder.. I will use it when it comes time to measure FG.
__________________
bryanjints is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-09-2009, 02:42 AM   #7
KayaBrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Jay, Adirondack Mountains, NY
Posts: 2,173
Liked 125 Times on 109 Posts
Likes Given: 96

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bryanjints View Post
It did. I wasn't looking at it like that I was only viewing it as a hydro holder.. I will use it when it comes time to measure FG.
use a sanitized turkey baster or thief to get your sample into the tube.
__________________

"...Careful, man...there's a beverage here!..."

KayaBrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-09-2009, 02:46 AM   #8
bryanjints
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Jersey
Posts: 182
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by KayaBrew View Post
use a sanitized turkey baster or thief to get your sample into the tube.
Whats a thief?
__________________

Olde Brick House Brewery....I live in a brick house built in 1782.

Beer is good, God is great, and people are crazy.

www.barleylegalhomebrewers.com

bryanjints is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-09-2009, 02:54 AM   #9
foxual
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 95
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bryanjints View Post
Whats a thief?
Fermtech Wine Thief :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies
__________________
foxual is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-09-2009, 03:01 AM   #10
bryanjints
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Jersey
Posts: 182
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

I guess thats the same thing I got with my kit. The directions say to use it when bottling I think. How would I draw the sample out?

__________________

Olde Brick House Brewery....I live in a brick house built in 1782.

Beer is good, God is great, and people are crazy.

www.barleylegalhomebrewers.com

bryanjints 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
Can I brew this today? Beatty Brewer Recipes/Ingredients 2 09-13-2009 10:50 PM
Today is my first brew day! Lucretius Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 07-20-2009 12:05 AM
first brew day today :) Dave6187 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 14 07-09-2009 05:45 PM
Should I brew today?? Ceedubya General Techniques 11 09-10-2008 09:20 AM
Today is my first brew day newbrewr4fun Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 06-23-2008 11:22 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS