I have my first batch (an English Ale) in the primary. SWMBO thinks I'm nuts, but I find the whole process amazing that those tiny critters will be making a drinkable (hopefully) beer!
I'm so psyched, that I'm already planning my next batch (quite hoppy of course) and I think that after I get a few batches in, I would like to start progressing to AG (as soon as I understand enough about this whole process to be less dangerous) Brewing your own ROCKS!
The primary started bubbling after about 6 hours and after 18 hours was burping away nicely every 2 seconds. I'ts been in almost 2 days now and the bubbling has slowed to about every 11 seconds. The temp is 77 while it's sitting on my basement floor. Unfortunately, I wrote down everything I did, but did not write down the type of yeast that was in the kit. OG was 1.048 and the recipe calls for a FG of ~ 1.014
2 questions: 1 - I have read so much about temps and where they should be; is 77 OK or should I put the carboy in a water bath? 2 - I have also read about swirling the carboy to "wake up" the yeast. Is that something I should be concerned with, or should that only be done under certain circumstances.
OK, actually 3 questions: I broke my floating thermometer during the process.
Is a floater really necessary? I was thinking that if I eventually make the move to AG, that I might just get a digital w/probe to track temps.
Thanks for all the help & advice.