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thestingers 11-19-2008 09:02 AM

Several Questions.

I have just made, or more correctly started to make some nettle beer. I added the yeast when it was warm (hopefully not too warm, took 6 hours to cool!!!) and it now looks a bit cloudy with a slight foam starting to appear on top (a day later). So, I think it looks OK, but my house is very cold for a modern house as I hate central heating.

So the above is not a question, but if anything looks worrying please let me know.

My real questions are these...

1) Does anyone know how long nettle beer lasts once bottled?

2) this is my main worry. Am I getting overly paranoid when it comes to sterilizing? I sterilize everything, and then find I canít put anything down. I know that sounds darft, but I don't know where to draw the line as Iím unsure as to how sensitive this brewing game is to the odd germ!

3) is 25 generally the right temp to add the yeast in?

4) I was surprised at just how many yeasts are in the shops. Is there a good 'all round' one? I mainly make ale and light beers. But have been informed they all ferment differently, some on top, some at the bottom, etc.

Thanks for your time and sorry of these questions seem stupid.


FreakinA 11-19-2008 09:19 AM

6 hours to cool! Did you let it float around the hot tub or something!

thestingers 11-19-2008 09:27 AM


Originally Posted by FreakinA (Post 963309)
6 hours to cool! Did you let it float around the hot tub or something!

Those Stock Pots just stay so warm.

shertz 11-19-2008 09:29 AM

Dude, you seriously need to read this before your brew...I read the whole book before I brewed and had a friend over who brewed to give advice. Find a homebrew club if you can, they will help.

boo boo 11-19-2008 10:30 AM

Don't apoligize for asking questions. That is what we are here for.

But to get all the answers in one place ( besides here ) you should go to this place
first like shertz said. Most if not all beginner questions are answered there. If you need specific questions answered, feel free to ask.
So now to answer some.

1 I imagine it will last years like any other beer.

2 Always nice to be safe, so continue to be paranoid ( although I'm not )

3 generally you shouldn't have your fermenter temps over 20c

4 If you haven't proper temerture control like a temperture controlled fridge, then most lagers are out of reach, but you can make some good lager like ales with the right yeast. I use Nottingham and US-05 for dry yeast.


thestingers 11-19-2008 10:45 AM

Thanks for the tips :)

I confess Im didn't get the temp before adding the yeast, but it was luke warm. Over a day later and a few bubbles are coming to the suface, so I guess its doing something. I want to get into brewing, but I want to make more natural drinks without too much modern day equipment. Hence, nettle beer and sloe gin, etc.


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