So I am making my first batch and I am having the typical questions about my brew. It has been about 18 hours an absolutly NO action in my fermentor. It looks like mud water (pic) with nothing on the bottom.
I am making a Hefeweizen using the following:
7 lbs of Muntons Wheat Malt (syrup)
1+ oz Hallertauer Hops for bittering (4 HBU)
1/4 oz Hallertauer Hops for finishing
White Labs Hefeweizen IV Ale Yeast
I had everything by the book and sanatized out the wazoo, but the only thing I question is the yeast. I have seen that you need to airate the yeast and I don't quite understand what is needed for that. I made my beer using just under 2 gallons of wort and the rest, cold spring water I kept in the fridge. This brought it from boiling to about 79 degrees. I then took the yeast out of the fridge, shook it in the bottle and left it on the counter with the wort in the carboy for 2 hours. I then added the yeast by shaking and opening the bottle and pouring in. Put on my sanatized air lock and placed in the basement which is about 69.5 to 71 degrees.
I am fine with playing the waiting game, but I ma just wondering if there is anything I might have failed at doing correctly.
Thanks for the help in advance!