Hello everyone, this is my first post about my first beer brewing attempt. I'd like to thank this forum and its patrons for providing me with some help over the past month, especially in easing my fears that I had ruined my beer and wasted my time.
I used a true brew Wheat Beer kit and a sanitized 5 gallon bucket from a friend who provided the bubble trap for me as well.
I just followed the directions and was quite amazed at how simple it really was.
Mind you, my kit was 2 years old (I had high hopes of getting into the hobby but that was cut short by college)--the yeast packet was dated 2009.
Anyway, I fermented for 2 weeks in a HOT environment, on the 2nd floor of a garage 50 minutes drive from me, where it was literally a stifling 80-90+ degrees F during the day, and I cannot say how hot at night.
I was scared I had fermented for too long in too hot a place, and it would all turn to sour crap.
I bottled into 10 growlers (9 and 1/2 really) and left to cool in my basement at home (probably around 55 degrees F) for 1 week.
Today is Sunday, that marks 8 days in the bottle, +exactly 14 days in fermentation, so 22 days since I boiled everything together.
I tasted the mash/wort(I think it's called that?) right before bottling, and it was a horrid bitter sour rancid taste.
I added my priming sugar and one week later, I have one of the best beers I've ever tasted!!
Here are some pictures and videos I made to maybe liven up the experience of reading a boring long trail of text.
I was nervous about the yeast content--as the first test 1/2 bottle I drank from had a lot of yeast sedimentation, and I even took a microscope video that I will link where you can see all the yeast as compared to the new bottle.
-Since the half filled test growler was good, I placed one from the basement into the fridge and am drinking it as we speak. It's great, so....
If it tastes good now, should I bring them all out of the basement and put them in the fridge? Can I "preserve" this taste?
Will letting them sit longer change the taste--for the better..for the worse?
Can I use a saved yeast sample for my next batch?
Here I am estimating my specific gravity using a density ratio because I do not have a hydrometer
My first test bottle (half filled growler)--this had the LAST bits of liquid from the bottling bucket, so that's why it was filled with more yeast and gunkhttp://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/813/img0058yh.jpg/
My first drinkable full bottle--this was an earlier filled bottle so it was much more clean, with almost no sedimentation http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/215/img0064ck.jpg/
And here is the 1st bottle (the bottom of the barrel) under a microscope at 400x
ON A FINAL NOTE--my 2nd bottle that WAS NOT bottom of the barrel, there is almost NO yeast under the microscope, so that's taken care of and no longer a worry.
Ok, thanks for reading and watching. I'm not a pro yet so sorry for poor images and no editing of videos. Was a fun experience.
I hope to try and add more flavors next time to my beer, and treat it more like a science experiment.