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Old 12-04-2012, 05:56 AM   #21
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Yep, sounds pretty close to my first time...except I managed to get wort ALL OVER my kitchen floor somehow on my first and I waited to go swimming in my beer until my third.

You'll be glad to know that the more experienced we get, the more beer we think we can consume while brewing. That pretty much keeps us all on the level, more or less. Take it from me, there are thousands of ways to screw up!

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Old 12-13-2012, 12:02 AM   #22
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Update: I racked the beer, per the kit instructions, the other day. Should be ready to bottle in another 8-9 days.

Ultimately, how will I know if it's all infected and whatnot? That's pretty much my main concern at this point. Should I taste it before I bottle?

I'm also concerned that not much happened fermentation-wise. When I racked it the SG was 1.013, I believe. The airlock did bubble and carry on while in the fermenter but only for about 24 hours then it stopped, which was a little depressing. The house smelled so good while that was going on!

After I bottle this, I'll start another batch. I think I've learned a lot both by doing and all the feedback. I have an Irish Red Ale kit from Midwest on the way, it sounds good and is certainly well reviewed. Also got a nylon bag for the hops to keep the mess down a bit.

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Old 12-13-2012, 01:34 AM   #23
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A couple of batches ago I dropped the cap to the yeast vial into my wort, I just let it sit in there, figuring the angry lil' yeasties would eat anything that was on there.

Good luck on that first brew! It's a beginning to a hoby that will last a lfetime...

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Old 12-13-2012, 01:57 PM   #24
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Update: I racked the beer, per the kit instructions, the other day. Should be ready to bottle in another 8-9 days.

Ultimately, how will I know if it's all infected and whatnot? That's pretty much my main concern at this point. Should I taste it before I bottle?

I'm also concerned that not much happened fermentation-wise. When I racked it the SG was 1.013, I believe. The airlock did bubble and carry on while in the fermenter but only for about 24 hours then it stopped, which was a little depressing. The house smelled so good while that was going on!

After I bottle this, I'll start another batch. I think I've learned a lot both by doing and all the feedback. I have an Irish Red Ale kit from Midwest on the way, it sounds good and is certainly well reviewed. Also got a nylon bag for the hops to keep the mess down a bit.
You'll know if it's infected. Ever leave (forget) a cup of coffee or something sitting for a long time? It develops this skin on top of it and smells really really gross. Same thing with a beer infection. I have not personally experienced an infection as of yet but many of the threads here have good examples. Basically if it develops a wispy furry layer on top, smells bad, tastes bad/sour, then you'd have an issue. I've honestly read of people doing worse things than you (scooping spilled yeast off the floor and still pitching it, no issue) and still having decent beer.
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:48 PM   #25
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Thanks for the replies! I guess I'm worrying too much, LOL. I did search the site for infected beer, saw some nasty photos. Mine never looked anything like that! Can't wait to bottle.

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Old 12-14-2012, 02:59 PM   #26
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I'm sure it's fine. If your gravity hit 1.013, it'll taste like beer, for sure. Leave it alone for a while, and start on the next batch--you'll finish that first one before you know it!

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Just as a FYI for the future should something like this happen before fermentation starts(dropping things in).

Just sanitize a strainer and pour all of your beer through it. The yeast will thank you for the extra oxygen anyways.

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