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Old 10-21-2012, 09:04 PM   #1
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Well, my first batch has been in the fermenter a couple weeks now and I'm not seeing any bubbling in the airlock. I popped the top and took a sample and it measured 1.012 so I am pretty sure it's finished. I'll bottle tomorrow. Anyways, what I am not sure about is the top of the beer and smell. It's kinda sulfur like and the top looks nasty. Then again, maybe it's supposed to look this way. Anywho...I included a pic so if someone can let me know yay or nay on whether this is normal or not, I'd really appreciate it...




 
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:05 PM   #2
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Looks normal! Nice work!



 
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:06 PM   #3
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Also did it taste/ smell ok?

 
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:08 PM   #4
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Well, like I said, had a slight sulfur smell in the bucket. The sample smell like beer. Taste was mah...strong alcohol taste and not a lot of flavor. Certainly not anything I'd consider drinking as is. I'm just hoping 2-3 weeks of bottle conditioning will help.

 
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:42 PM   #5
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Looks like normal krausen and yeast rafts. The smell was most likely CO2. Totally normal. Now close it back up and give it a few more weeks. Then bottle. Congrats, you made beer!
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:00 PM   #6
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After two weeks, it's probably finished, but don't take a chance on bottle bombs. Check gravity twice, two days apart. Don't bottle unless the gravity is stable.

 
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:14 PM   #7
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After two weeks, it's probably finished, but don't take a chance on bottle bombs. Check gravity twice, two days apart. Don't bottle unless the gravity is stable.
Will do. Thanks for the advice.

 
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:21 PM   #8
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Well, like I said, had a slight sulfur smell in the bucket. The sample smell like beer. Taste was mah...strong alcohol taste and not a lot of flavor. Certainly not anything I'd consider drinking as is. I'm just hoping 2-3 weeks of bottle conditioning will help.
Without knowing the yeast, some strains kick of sulphury smells. That'll fade. Not uncommon for it to taste a little strong at first, especially on your first batch, where I doubt you were using too much temperature control.

It looks perfectly normal, but may not be finished yet. I'd definitely give it another two weeks or so (and as mentioned above stable gravity readings) before you bottle to let it mellow a bit, and then at least a full 3 weeks in the bottle. Depending on the recipe, it might need some time to mellow beyond that, especially if it was a bigger beer fermented at a warmer temperature with a less than ideal yeast pitching rate (the last two being very common for a first brew).

Congrats. Looks like beer to me.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:26 PM   #9
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What did you make for your first?

 
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:35 PM   #10
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That's beer for sure! Good advice on here, let it sit another few days then bottle. Put a few bottles in the fridge for 3-5 days then enjoy!



 
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