Originally Posted by heylookltsme
I'm new to brewing - I've brewed two batches so far (first one turned out well, and I just bottled the second one today, so we'll see!). I have a few questions that haven't really been answered in the books I've read on brewing.
- I find it a big pain to get my grains in the grain bag. Any techniques you recommend?
- I have a floating thermometer - is it bad if the tip of it sits at the bottom of the pot? Won't the reading be higher that way since it's right on the metal?
- When steeping the grain bag, is there a good way to keep it from sitting on bottom of the pot and burning? It is just easier to turn off the heat at this point?
- Should I be stirring the hops into the wort when I add them? Does it matter?
- How vigorous should the boil be? Everything I've read makes it seem like boil overs are almost certain to happen, but I never have to worry about boil overs. Is my boil too tame?
Thanks in advance for any answers or advice! :-)
1. get a big enough grain bag to place in a bucket, makes life easier
2. I've never used nor would I ever trust a floating thermometer in boiling wort, but thats just me..
3. tie it to the handles on the pot or a mash paddle/stirring spoon on top of the pot
4. it really doesn't matter but I like to stir
5. a rolling boil is what you want, give it time, a boil over is inevitable..