Originally Posted by Sickboy240
So I brewed an extract IPA last week, mostly a Stone clone variation, steeped specialty grains. Used wlp007, was done in 24 hours pretty much. Racked to secondary today.. And my volume was fairly short. I had heard that you don't want much headspace in the secondary. So I added bottled water (racked it). Maybe 1/2-3/4 gal... Put the airlock back in and dropped it back in chest freezer back at 67deg. After the fact it dawned on me I should have boiled the water to take the oxygen out. I plan on two more weeks in the chest freezer, plan on 2-stage dry hopping.
Soo did I ruin it with the water? Or will I basically have to wait to find out after bottle conditioning? Think it have too much Diacetyl?
Would it help to up the temp for a couple days to 70 or so?
Welcome to being a homebrewer! The very 1st thing to remember is RDWHAHB! and I mean that. Almost every new brewer panics over their 1st beer. Honestly it could taste like gasoline but you will think it tastes like the nectar of the gods!
Bottled water is sterile in almost all instances, some have chlorine in them though an that could be bad. The dry hop will REALLY help your beer so back to RDWHAHB!
I also would not worry so much about diacetyl since you used an ale yeast, that is mostly a lager yeast concern.
IMO it all sounds like it will be fine.