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Old 03-08-2013, 10:56 PM   #1
Feb 2013
Atoka, OK
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Hello everybody! I'm really excited about getting into this as a new hobby.

I'm brewing a Brewers Best Milk Stout kit and I just racked to the secondary fermenter after being in the primary for about 6 days. There really wasn't that big of a head inside the bucket and the sediment at the bottom of the bucket was weird looking to me. I'm just paranoid I'm going to make something infected.

Opening primary

Bottom of primary


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Old 03-08-2013, 10:59 PM   #2
Nov 2012
Lisbon, Portugal
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It looks pretty fine to me.

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Old 03-08-2013, 11:08 PM   #3
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collingswood, nj
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Perfectly normal. Ferrmentation is not pretty sometimes.

But guess what? You made beer.

You could have just left it in the primary for a couple more weeks and then bottled. The junk at the bottom would have compacted more that way and you would not have lost as much beer.

In a couple of weeks check the gravity and if it is stable, bottle it up. Wiat three weeks and put a few bottles in the fridge for a couple of days and enjoy your beer.

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Old 03-08-2013, 11:10 PM   #4
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That's what my stout always looks like.

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Old 03-08-2013, 11:17 PM   #5
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That looks fine. With all of those roasty, toasty grains, it isn't going to look anything like the bucket from a cream ale.

Did you rack it to a secondary for any particular reason?

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Old 03-08-2013, 11:27 PM   #6
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Like everyone has said- that looks perfectly normal so don't be worried. It is generally believed around that it is a good practice to leave your beer in primary for at LEAST two weeks and often a month. This lets your yeast "clean up" and a lot more of the sediment you see will end up clumped on the bottom, with clear beer on top of it. Either way you are almost always going to have a ring of trub/hop sediment/yeast near the top of your bucket.

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