Originally Posted by NineMilBill
Congrats on your first one. They'll only get better from this point on - lots of lessons learned, I'm sure.
main thing i've learn'd is that it's nearly impossible to have an infected batch or ruin the beer. i messed up so many times, where it could easily have been infected. i put my hand in the wert to get out the black rubber thing, and dumped my hydrometer sample back into the bucket.