Hey guys. About a week and a half ago I brewed my first batch. And this past Sunday I racked to a secondary. It is funny that even after reading tons of material about the process, including most of this forums' post, I still managed to make a handful of mistakes. I think the mistakes I made were mostly because I was being impatient, and partially cause I am inexperienced. I just wanted to list them out and see if you guys had made the same mistakes, and in what way they may affect my beer. That way I can be sure not to make the same mistakes again.
One of my concerns is with sanitization. I use One-Step sanitizer and I was sure to sanitize everything that touched the wort, but I didn't let everything completely dry. Infact I didn't let it dry at all, I just dipped it in and shook it off and then used it. I don't imagine it will affect the taste of my beer, but my instincts say the head of the beer is gonna be destroyed.
This is a mistake I am not positive I made, but I may have. I use a floating thermometer, and it goes from 60-80-100-20-40-60-80-200-20. When cooling my wort, I think I may have mistaken the 180 degree mark for the 80 degree mark, being in a hurry and stuff. The only reason I suspected this was because 45 hours after pitching there was NO activity in my airlock, and then after I bought some dry yeast and pitched it it took off in just a few hours. Anyways I read somewhere that shaking around wort at high temperatures would cause the beer to be stale, and I worry that nasties my have got in my beer from reopening the fermenter, and the long lag time.
When I transfered the beer to the secondary, I tasted some of it. It tasted pretty bitter, and of course flat. Also I could definately taste the alcohol in it. Since I have never done this before I have no idea what it should taste like, other then what I have read. I know I will just have to wait and see to be sure, but I was mostly hoping that you guys could say yall had done the same thing before and not to worry, that the beer will come out fine.
Also right now my beer is in the secondary, it isn't doing a thing, no bubbles, no head, nothing. I imagine this is normal. Sorry for my long, boring, and paranoid post. Thanks for reading if you have got this far.