Originally Posted by jcs401
ya i guess its more of a tan/brown.. smells like strong beer..i know i messed up a few things like no one at the brew store told me to not dump the hop sludge into fermenter after boiling. it has slowed down bubbling just didn't know if the color should change in the airlock or if it should like bubble over the first 24 hr.
Dumping the trub (hop sludge) into fermenter will not affect it much, may cause a slight astringency, but it will be fine. You can clean and re-sanitize the airlock & refill with fresh sanitizer or vodka, as long as you do it in a timely fashion, maybe even throw a sanitized paper towel over the hole while you are doing it.