Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Winners Re-Re-Re-Re-Drawn - 24 hours to Claim!

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


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > First time brewing and have a few questions
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-31-2010, 06:03 PM   #1
RGingerelli
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Walnut Creek, California
Posts: 91
Default First time brewing and have a few questions

Hi fellow brewers,

I brewed my first batch of beer (Columbus IPA extract) last Sunday (7/25) and it has been fermenting nicely for 6 days now at 68 degrees until my Ranco probe broke yesterday. I have been able to adjust the fridge with a tub of water to hold the fermenting beer at 68 degrees until my replacement probe comes in the mail.

My question is I am now starting to see some seperation in my beer. There is a layer on the top 3rd of my carboy that is clearer than the bottom 2/3rds. Is this just my whirlfloc clearing the beer?

Also it seems that fermentation is tapering off, the airlock is starting to slow way down. When would be a good time to rack to a secondary, I know alot of brewers dont use a secondary but I feel that this beer is going to need the extra time to clear, its pretty cloudy.

Any help would be great, as I said this is my first time brewing. Maybe Im just freaking out, but it cant hurt to double check with you. Sorry for the long post.

Thanks!!!

__________________
RGingerelli is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-31-2010, 06:14 PM   #2
BigB
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Shelby Twp, MI
Posts: 1,760
Liked 43 Times on 38 Posts
Likes Given: 41

Default

Perfectly normal. Sounds like primary fermentation is wrapping up so the yeast are dropping out of suspension. In 2-3 weeks the whole fermenter will look essentially the same. I wouldn't bother with a secondary. The yeast will clean up better after themselves on the main yeast cake. Also, 2-3 weeks in the fridge will give you a clear beer. To secondary or not is a hotly debated issue, but I personally have done both and see no benefit to using a secondary unless you are adding something like fruit or oak chips or what not.

__________________
I love the sound of an airlock bubbling in the morning. It sounds like.....VICTORY.

Quote:
Originally Posted by TxBrew
It's now degenerating into nu uh and uh huhs and it no longer serves a point.

BigB is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-31-2010, 06:19 PM   #3
whatsleftofyou
Third Eye Pried Wide
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
whatsleftofyou's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: U.P. of MI
Posts: 634
Liked 12 Times on 12 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by RGingerelli View Post
My question is I am now starting to see some seperation in my beer. There is a layer on the top 3rd of my carboy that is clearer than the bottom 2/3rds. Is this just my whirlfloc clearing the beer?
Sounds like normal settling/clearing to me...

Quote:
Originally Posted by RGingerelli View Post
Also it seems that fermentation is tapering off, the airlock is starting to slow way down. When would be a good time to rack to a secondary, I know alot of brewers dont use a secondary but I feel that this beer is going to need the extra time to clear, its pretty cloudy.
No point in starting another "should you/shouldn't you" in regards to doing a secondary, so I'll just say that if you do one to rack it when the gravity stops decreasing (take hydrometer measurements).
__________________
My Bar Build
Primary: Sweet stout w/ pink peppercorns, Kriek, American Brown
Secondary: American Barleywine
On Tap: Pumpkin Spice Ale, Coffee Blonde, Belma APA
Bottled: PB&J Sweet Stout, Rhubarb Berliner Weisse

whatsleftofyou 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
First time All Grain questions WildGingerBrewing Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 03-19-2011 07:09 PM
What will this beer end up tasting like (and other First Time Brewing Questions) brewinginct Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 36 04-01-2010 02:25 PM
First time brewing, first time kegging TheCrowsNest Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 03-31-2010 06:35 PM
First time brewing - some concerns and questions zenit Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 04-29-2008 07:44 PM
First time with Secondary...few questions? kfgolfer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 12-15-2006 02:11 AM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS