Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > First Brew in the Primary
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-18-2009, 02:41 AM   #1
tigerdentist
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 37
Default First Brew in the Primary

Overall everything went well. I hope my sanitizing technique was good enough. No Boil Over! Pitched the yeast a little higher than 80 degrees, my thermometer and the one on the bucket had different readins. OG was 1.050, that was the top of the range given. Put Vodka, as suggested, in the airlock... i think some was sucked into the primary.

Any problem with problem with pitching the yeast at a little too high temp? Any problem with vodka being sucked in through the airlock? Any suggestions on how to not stare at the airlock now?


tigerdentist is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2009, 02:43 AM   #2
The Pol
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 11,774
Liked 84 Times on 71 Posts
Likes Given: 14

Default

As long as it cools within afew hours, no biggie. Just dont ferment that hot. The vodka, not a problem.


The Pol is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2009, 12:31 PM   #3
tigerdentist
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 37
Default

Good News. Woke up this morning and there is definitely action in the Airlock. The temp is around 74. Transfer to the secondary in two weeks. I want to start my second brew already.
tigerdentist is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2009, 01:01 PM   #4
jjp36
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 409
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

74 is still on the hot side. I would try to get that temp under 70 if possible.
jjp36 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2009, 01:05 PM   #5
boo boo
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Hearts's Delight, Newfoundland
Posts: 4,171
Liked 33 Times on 29 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

Pitching yeast at higher than normal ( for that particular type of yeast ) temperture wort can result in more esters, fussels, and diacetyl that you might want in your beer.

Try to be paitent next time and pitch into fermenting temperture wort.
__________________
How do you BBQ an elephant....first you get your elephant....
boo boo is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2009, 01:08 PM   #6
tigerdentist
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 37
Default

am I going to have bad tastes because of that?
tigerdentist is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2009, 01:29 PM   #7
Homercidal
Licensed Sensual Massage Therapist.
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Homercidal's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Reed City, MI
Posts: 27,303
Liked 3632 Times on 2470 Posts
Likes Given: 2419

Default

If you ferment the first few days at too high a temp, it can def lead to some nasty flavor. I'd drop that down to mid-high 60s if you can. Remember that the temp measured on the outside of the bucket is probably a few degrees cooler than what is going on inside the bucket. Fermentation creates it's own heat, and it can be a few degrees difference.
Homercidal is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2009, 01:35 PM   #8
IrregularPulse
Hobby Collector
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
IrregularPulse's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 46,697
Liked 3028 Times on 2934 Posts
Likes Given: 149

Default

But also keep in mind that this is your first brew and it will still be decent beer. But don't let that discourage from controlling fermenting temps. Controlled fermentation temperatures are a big step to consistent great beer.
As far as how not to look at the airlock, Don't stop yourself. Stare away and don't forget to sniff it every now and then. But don't let the airlock tell you anything. Never use the airlock as a guage for activity. Buy a hydrometer if you don't already have one. This is the ONLY tool that can accurately tell you when fermentation is complete. Some people will tell you just wait a certain time. But this is guessing and is risking bottle bombs and/or unfinished beer. Different yeasts work slower than others.
__________________
Tap Room Hobo

I should have stuck to four fingers in Vegas. :o - marubozo's mom
IrregularPulse is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2009, 01:41 PM   #9
Laughing_Gnome_Invisible
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Laughing_Gnome_Invisible's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 12,319
Liked 680 Times on 503 Posts
Likes Given: 135

Default

If you are worried that your sanitation was good enough, then it probably was.

Congrats!
Laughing_Gnome_Invisible is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2009, 09:44 PM   #10
tigerdentist
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 37
Default

I was able to get the temp down to 68 today... Really like watching that airlock bubble away.


tigerdentist is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First brew is in the primary OHIOSTEVE Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 10-04-2009 04:59 PM
Brew Two in Primary captianoats Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 10-29-2008 11:07 AM
First brew in primary 9/9 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 19 12-31-2007 03:28 AM
Take a look at my first brew in primary Kevin K Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 61 04-27-2006 01:34 AM
First brew in the primary gauthierk Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 03-29-2006 03:46 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS