Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > First batch finished (I think), should it look like this?
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-21-2012, 09:04 PM   #1
Nubster
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Romney, West Virginia
Posts: 50
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default First batch finished (I think), should it look like this?

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...



Nubster is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2012, 09:05 PM   #2
RUNningonbrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 325
Liked 35 Times on 20 Posts

Default

Looks normal! Nice work!


RUNningonbrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2012, 09:06 PM   #3
RUNningonbrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 325
Liked 35 Times on 20 Posts

Default

Also did it taste/ smell ok?
RUNningonbrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2012, 09:08 PM   #4
Nubster
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Romney, West Virginia
Posts: 50
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

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.
Nubster is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2012, 09:42 PM   #5
gcdowd
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Baldwinsville, NY
Posts: 1,881
Liked 197 Times on 150 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

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!
__________________
God invented whiskey to keep the Irish from ruling the world.
gcdowd is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2012, 10:00 PM   #6
ncbrewer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: New Bern, NC
Posts: 1,413
Liked 117 Times on 99 Posts
Likes Given: 111

Default

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.
ncbrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2012, 10:14 PM   #7
Nubster
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Romney, West Virginia
Posts: 50
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ncbrewer View Post
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.
Nubster is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2012, 10:21 PM   #8
Qhrumphf
Spirit of '69
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
Qhrumphf's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: A stones throw from DC, VA
Posts: 9,840
Liked 2425 Times on 1733 Posts
Likes Given: 1054

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nubster View Post
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.
__________________
Next: Lamebic '15, Irish Red, Pale Mild, Dry Stout
Fermenting: Saison, Petite Saison, 100% Brett B. Red, 100% Brett L. Kriek
Souring/Funkifying: Brett C Old Ale, Lamebic '14, Flanders Red, Flanders Pale, Oud Bruin, Session Kriek
Bottled: IIPA, APA, American Amber, Robust Porter, Strong Mild, 80/-, Gose, Lichtenhainer
Casked:
Bottle Cellar: Brett B Tripel, Brett C Barleywine, Lamebic '11, Quad, Tripel, Brett C Bitter, Wild Cider, Sour Stout, Wee Heavy
Qhrumphf is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2012, 10:26 PM   #9
sweed
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Salem, NH
Posts: 961
Liked 112 Times on 94 Posts
Likes Given: 34

Default

What did you make for your first?
sweed is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2012, 10:35 PM   #10
charley
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 64
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

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!


charley is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2nd batch in a row finished at 1.02...what gives? jbtrumps Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 04-23-2012 08:58 PM
Just finished my first AG batch Draken Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 03-26-2012 12:47 AM
Just finished my second batch tbel Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 02-21-2011 02:05 AM
Finished first batch-have questions to improve batch #2 buckdog05 Cider Forum 4 01-21-2011 01:30 PM
Just finished my first batch!!!! fremsn Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 01-27-2010 12:40 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS