I brewed my first batch which is the NB kit, Caribou Slobber on 9/10 and feel like I did everything pretty cleanly. I am concerned that I may have pitched the yeast too hot. I neglected to take a temp reading before pitching the yeast. The yeast I used was the Wyeast 1332 Northwest Ale.
After 12 hours the krausen was 2 inches thick and I was very happy. on the 17 the krausen had receded and the top of the fermenting wort was clean with lots of tiny bubbles. Airlock percolating away.
Today, 10 days later, the airlock is still percolating away at 45 seconds per bubble, the beer is still really cloudy, and there are hundreds of tiny bubbles surfacing. I am quite paranoid about messing with it so I don't want to touch it unless I absolutely need too. I plan to leave in primary for three weeks and then bottle.
I built a fermentation chamber which has kept the primary sitting at 68-70 degrees consistantly.
My sanity question is this.... Am I on the correct path in letting things just sit and not touching it until the absolute last minute I can stand it???
Until otherwise guided, I'll keep working on my bottle collection....
The OG was slightly higher than the recipe estimated at 1.064. I've not taken a gravity reading since due to not wanting to accidentally mess something up. If it is normal and I monkey around and infect it I would be ticked.
Relax and let it do it's thing. Cover it up and forget about it. I just bottled an Oktoberfest that I let sit for four weeks in the primary. Smelled, looked and even tasted (flat and warm) decent. Gonna let the bottles sit for a month. Just remember.... the longer the better.
We took our first hydrometer check tonight and it is sitting at 1.021 @ 68 degrees. The taste was great! This seems to be the average FG reading from what I have found on the interwebs. Does anyone have any notes on what their FG was for the Caribou Slobber?
We are hoping to have our first batch bottled this weekend!