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Old 09-22-2014, 02:48 PM   #1
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My situation is a little unusual in that I have been studying, building and buying equipment for about a year before I was actually able to brew a batch of beer. There were health issues and a move. I have posted some of my diy projects here in the past.

Yesterday I finally got around to my first batch. It is a porter extract kit from Williams brewing. Maybe the actual start was 3days ago since that is when I made my first starter on the diy stirplate which I built a year or so ago. The starter went fine despite the boil over and the realization that cold crashing a yeast starter takes more than 24 hours.

Brew day went well but I did forget to do a few of things. First of all I forgot to add the whirlfloc. Then I rushed to drain the brew kettle after whirlpooling but without a rest to let the sediment settle. And I know I am not the first to forget to take a hydrometer reading of the og. I may have slightly over filled the fermentation bucket by a half gallon or so.

I think that covers the mistakes that I know about. The fermenter bucket is in a refrigerator under the control of a stc1000 set at 18.5C about 65F. This morning the blow off tube is gently blowing bubbles in the starsan at the bottom of the collection jar.

I have high hopes of this being a drinkable beer.

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Old 09-22-2014, 02:58 PM   #2
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All of those mistakes sound very minor. You will have drinkable, and probably even good, beer. Congratulations on your first batch!

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Nice!

I took off from brewing (moved) and when I started back up I made mistakes in all 4 of my brew days. Rust combined with new equipment and new details (learned about water and made my first all-grain) made for plenty of mistakes.

A good idea is to make a check-off list. And get what you can ready beforehand.

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Well, props for starting off with controlled fermentation temps. The mistakes you made are very minor and i wouldn't worry about it at all.

I use fermcaps for foam control when making starters. getting a boil over in the kitchen is not fun and the wife doesn't like that. A boil over when i'm brewing outside is no big deal though so i dont use the fermcaps in my boil.

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Thanks for the reassurance guys. The beer is still "perking" away like the Maxwell House coffee pot.

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Thanks for the reassurance guys. The beer is still "perking" away like the Maxwell House coffee pot.
That's an exciting thing when your first starting off. I know after my first brew i couldn't wait for that air lock to start singing.

Also since you are starting already with controlled fermentation temps, i'm fairly confident your beer is gonna turn out pretty good.
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Well it looks like the porter will end up being in the primary for a week or two longer than expected. Had minor surgery (removal of chemo port) yesterday which limits the use of my right arm for a few days. The beer will probably end up being in primary for 3 1/2 to 4 weeks before bottling. From what I have read I don't think this should be a problem.

Should I lower the temp a couple of days before bottling?

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Guessing all went well…

No problem with a longer primary.

No need I'm aware of with lowering/raising the temp, though I know there are some who like to cold crash their beer prior to bottling to help with clearing. I don't have much problem with clear beer, though I usually leave mine a week in the fridge these days at a minimum. But I don't care too much about crystal clear either.

Take a few extra days to heal up and don't worry about it.

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Just a few things to make you feel better. I have never used Whirlfloc. I don't whirlpool, I just dump everything into the fermenter. I don't get hung up about a minor difference in quantity of wort. I have left a beer in the primary fermenter for 9 weeks. Dang, that was good beer. I should learn to be more patient about leaving my beer in the fermenter instead of trying to get it into the bottles at 3 weeks.

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Yes all went well with the surgery. Best of all I've been cancer free for almost a year now.

I suspect the beer will come out just fine as well.

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