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Old 03-08-2013, 09:56 PM   #1
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Default I'm brewing my first batch. For a milk stout is this normal?

Hello everybody! I'm really excited about getting into this as a new hobby.

I'm brewing a Brewers Best Milk Stout kit and I just racked to the secondary fermenter after being in the primary for about 6 days. There really wasn't that big of a head inside the bucket and the sediment at the bottom of the bucket was weird looking to me. I'm just paranoid I'm going to make something infected.

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Old 03-08-2013, 09:59 PM   #2
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It looks pretty fine to me.

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Old 03-08-2013, 10:08 PM   #3
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Perfectly normal. Ferrmentation is not pretty sometimes.

But guess what? You made beer.

You could have just left it in the primary for a couple more weeks and then bottled. The junk at the bottom would have compacted more that way and you would not have lost as much beer.

In a couple of weeks check the gravity and if it is stable, bottle it up. Wiat three weeks and put a few bottles in the fridge for a couple of days and enjoy your beer.

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That's what my stout always looks like.

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That looks fine. With all of those roasty, toasty grains, it isn't going to look anything like the bucket from a cream ale.

Did you rack it to a secondary for any particular reason?
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Like everyone has said- that looks perfectly normal so don't be worried. It is generally believed around that it is a good practice to leave your beer in primary for at LEAST two weeks and often a month. This lets your yeast "clean up" and a lot more of the sediment you see will end up clumped on the bottom, with clear beer on top of it. Either way you are almost always going to have a ring of trub/hop sediment/yeast near the top of your bucket.

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