Originally Posted by natelindner
I just finished my first brew day ever! Most things went smoothly I believe but I have just a few concerns:
1. When all was said and done and I put my wort into the fermenter it was 20% less volume than I was expecting. I'm wondering why that could be when I used a calculator to determine how much water to use. I added back the difference so I also hope thats not an issue.
2. I've never done this before so is it normal that my wort doesnt really smell like how finished beer smells? It smells a bit like cheez-its mixed with hops.
3. When I was pouring into my fermenter I had a very hard time not letting the sediment from the boil get in with my wort. Is this a major issue? And how in the future might I keep that sediment out?
Thanks in advance!
1.Did you take into account boil off? Everyones boil off rate is different, it took me about 3-4 batches to get the numbers exactly right, now its changing again because it is not as cold out, which causes more boil off
2.Yes the wort doesn't taste anything like the real thing, the yeast needs to do its magic, and everything will be all good!
3.About 50% of the time I let all the sediment get into my fermenter and I taste absolutely no difference from batch to batch. I wouldn't worry about this at all unless it is a very light beer (Pils). We would need to know if you have a valve in your kettle, or are you dumping it into the fermentor, or do you have a racking cane from kettle to fermenter.