Me and a buddy of mine made German Altbier, i must say the smell was amazing. I think it came out great but as a newbie i got some more questions for you guys.
1-After putting the hops in, some water evaporated an the water level went down, leaving the hops stuck on the side above the water level. I took a sanitized spoon, and got the hops off the side and back into the wort. Was i right to do that?
2-After siphoning the wort out of the pot into the fermenter you have to add water up to the 5 gallon mark. I poured the water in but that caused a lot of bubbles and added O2, is that ok? What should i do next time?
3-Does it matter how long it takes for the wort to cool? I do not have a wort chiller so i put the pot in my bathtub filled with ice water.
4-Are Heineken bottles ok to use to bottle, i'm going to try to get darker ones though.