I'm using the Brewer's Best kit and I have a few questions before starting my second batch...
When pouring the wort into the fermenter, the directions say to keep some sediment out. About half-way through I just used a strainer to keep most of it out. Is it good or bad to have the brewing sediment in the fermenter? Should I just use a strainer the whole time when pouring?
With #1, the part that really didn't work out was the siphoning. I was trying to use the bottling wand to move the beer to the bottling bucket. After an hour, I barely moved 1 gallon. I was frustrated and just tried to pour it in the bottling bucket and straining the sediment with a sanitized cloth (which didn't work either). The next day I realized not to use the bottling wand, this worked. The real problem I found was that the beer had no carbonation after 2 weeks in the bottle. Why did this happen?
• I let the priming sugar sit in the fermenter overnight?
• I poured some of the beer through a sanitized cloth?
• Not enough sediment in the fermenting bucket?
• Bubbling stopped after 4 days... didn't bottle until day 7?
Needless to say I'm drinking my flat beer by myself. At least it tastes like pale ale, watered down, but pale ale. Not discouraged, just learning. Next up is the Amber Cerveza Style (XX).