First timer, Am I doing this right?
Hi all, Iíve been reading all of your posts for a while and I think Iím starting to get an idea how to brew a simple batch.
So here goes my first post.
Iíve started off with a Ponderosa Porter that came with the kit that I got for Christmas (something I asked for). I followed the directions (mostly) and watched as my airlock bubbled away. Itís been in the primary now for 5 days and the bubbling has slowed to the point where you might see a bubble every 10 minutes or so. I didnít take a SG (stupid mistake number one) so I wonít know exactly when the primary is finished but hereís my thought and please correct me where ever you think I need it.
I was going to bottle my beer but have decided to go right to kegging instead. Iíve got 3 Cornelius kegs and another 4 on the way. Iíve got all the fittings, regulators, lines and a small chest freezer that Iím going to change out the thermostat on. I donít have a beer tower yet and that is going to take about 4 to 6 weeks to get. I did get a cheap plastic facet for now. Iím looking at a triple but I have to work the money into the budget.
What Iím thinking is, can I just rack the porter from the primary to a keg sometime next week, put a little CO2 pressure on and then bleed some off the next day and charge again (to remove any O2) and then just set the keg aside to age? Also would it be OK to taste test the porter right after kegging ( I know it wonít be ready yet) just to make sure nothing has gone wrong up to this point? After all I donít want to be aging contaminated beer.
I know that this seems as though Iím getting way a head of myself but Iíve always wanted to do this so I thought I might as well jump in with both feet.
In the spring we hope to have a get together we are calling Yeast Fest where we will have a selection of home brews, fresh breads and cheeses (to give the appearance of something high brow LOL). Really a chance to drink a few and soak in the hot tub.
The choices for Yeast Fest are:
A Porter, probably the PonderosaÖor your suggestions?
An IPAÖsuggestions please?
And an Oberon clone which has been requestedÖsuggestions really needed here.