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Old 01-11-2012, 02:21 PM   #1
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Ok. So i bought the bed bath and beyond kit (wine) awhile back and that turned out ok. So i decided to do beer so i dont have to wait for the finished product. I bought a kit to make beer and started this past weekend.

Brewing went well and smelled great and I reactivated the yeast before i pitched it. I got the temp down to around 75ish and put the yeast in and sealed the lid and air locked it. Was 11pm. Woke up the next morning and it was bubbling full steam ahead. God home from work found the temp got a little warm in the room and the temp was 72 of the Wert. So i cooled down the wert over night and the next morning it was down to 69 and was hardly bubbling at all. The air comming from the air lock smelled good. so i let it sit while i was at work. Came home and checked it and wasnt bubbling hardly at all. So i opened the bucket up and checked everything the foam at the top looked good and smelled good. So i stir'ed it up and resealed it and everything seemed good and started bubbling again twice a minute.

I think this is ok from what I am reading. I found that dry yeast will ferment faster than liquid yeast. Sometimes 1-2 days and done. The next batch i will use liquid yeast. So im just making sure everything is on track and still ok to proceed with fermentation and rack it in 5-7 days to the secondary fermentation vessel.

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Bubbles or no bubbles is not a sign of fermentation. You'll want to trust your hydrometer. If you don't have one, get one. You'll find that the majority of the posters on here will leave their wort in the primary for up to 4 weeks and completely skip the secondary. A lot of them will only use the secondary for adding additional flavors (coffee, chocolate, dry hopping, etc). Most of the directions that you'll get with kits and be followed to the T, but they can also be ignored completely. Unless you have a pressing need for your primary, you can just leave your wort in it for however many weeks you feel comfortable with (with in reason). But always use your hydrometer to determine when it is completely done fermenting (read 3 days in a row. if you get consistent readings without change, you're good to go).



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Old 01-11-2012, 02:34 PM   #3
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All I have to say is:

1. Take a gravity reading. If it does not change for 3 days in a row, fermentation is complete.

2. Be patient and leave your fermenter alone. Stirring your fermenting beer can add oxygen to wort and cause off flavors.

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Once your hydrometer readings stabilize for several days you can rack or even bottle if you choose. If you aren't in need of your primary vessel right away, just leave it for 3-4 weeks. Your beer will clear just the same on the yeast cake in addition to the yeast "cleaning up" after themselves and reduce the risk of contamination during the transfer process.

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yea i was just making sure since im a noob. But I do have a hydrometer and will take a reading tonight. I started with a 1.050 when i measured the wert before i added the yeast. But it does smell good though. I will take a reading tonight

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ok just opened the bucket and took a gravity reading. I siphoned some off and their was a bunch of stuff floating in the wort. Is that from my hops that i added to the brew. i added them right into the boil no bag. color looks right redish brown. I got a gravity reading of 1.016 the kit calls for 1.012-1.014 i started with 1.050. I tasted it before i threw the sample away seemed to taste ok could taste the alcohol in it. Tasted a little weird but i think thats due to no carbonation and no time to age. But over all i think im ok and will rack into my secondary fermentator on saturday to clear.

Is everything ok??

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As others have said...skip the secondary. Just let it sit in the primary for 3-4 weeks.

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I would do that but im starting my second batch this weekend and need the bucket unless a bucket is cheap at the local home brew store. Ill check. i want to try a different ferment temp this time and use liquid yeast

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I'm pretty sure new buckets can be found for around $15-$20. I could be wrong, but I feel like I keep seeing that number when searching for equipment.

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yea thats what i was seeing for price wise. What do you guys think about the floating stuff in my wort is it just the leftover hops??



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