hiya all, nice site i hope to learn some tricks and tips.
this is my first batch ever, i got a midwest irish stout kit with a plastic pail to ferment it in. i followed all the instructions, paying particular attention to the sanitation and the no rinse/one step sanitizer... i cooked up the grains/malt/hops in the kettle on the 26th of december, the yeast took right away, and after a week it stopped bubbling... the woman at the local brew supply shop said to go ahead and bottle it the 2 or 3 of january and not bother to transfer it to a secondary container.
i opened the pail to transfer to the pail with the spout to bottle it and it almost knocked me over! the smell was good, but very, very strong, like if you would inhale the vapors of rubbing alcohol or everclear...sorta burned my nostrils
as it's my first batch, i'm curious if this is par for the course or a result of a mishap somewhere?
thanks in advance for any replys