First brew day! Questions - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > First brew day! Questions

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-06-2013, 01:30 PM   #1
Zonk007
Recipes 
 
Jan 2013
Posts: 18


So today is the day, after months of research today is my first brew day and I couldn't be more excited. I have some last minute questions though. I am using a 10 gallon kettle with a 1/2 inch valve at the bottom. I'm going to use a hop spider for the hops and then running the wort through a plate chiller. Do I need to worry about all the hot break and other gunk that results from brewing, how besides using a strainer at my carboy can I prevent most of it from getting into the carboy? I have read whirlpooling works but I'm not sure if I should do that or just get a false bottom.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2013, 01:38 PM   #2
DerekJ
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
DerekJ's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2011
Greenwood, Indiana
Posts: 198
Liked 20 Times on 17 Posts


I think you might be over thinking this a bit for your first brew. Since you are using a hop spider I don't think you have anything to worry about. Just drain the kettle into the fermenter and you will be fine.

I don't use a spider but I do use mesh bags for my hops. After the boil I drain everything into the fermenter leaving the mesh bags full of hops behind. The solids eventually settle to the bottom of the fermenter and get left behind when the beer is racked to a keg. I don't notice any off flavors in the beer from doing it this way.

The only thing that is important in your case is that you don't clog the plate chiller. I don't use one so I can't comment on whether or not a straining technique needs to be put in place before using one. I doubt it though since you are using a spider.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2013, 04:45 PM   #3
twistr25
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
twistr25's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2012
Raleigh, NC
Posts: 1,440
Liked 117 Times on 110 Posts


I don't strain period, I get a decent trub layer and just rack above it. No problems
__________________
____________________
Primary: N/A
Bottled: N/A
Kegs: Tri-Peppered Saison and Sunset Orange Kolsch
Future:Something new, SMaSH perhaps?
2013 Previous: Sunrise Honey Rye Pale Ale, Dark Skies Black IPA, Sunset Orange Kolsch, All Hallow's Eve Pumpkin Ale, Raining Hops and Dogs IPA

Awards/Recognition
Dark Skies Black IPA - 2nd Place at a local comp. Score of 39 from a BJCP judge

Twistr25 Recipes

GT Keezer Build

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2013, 08:01 AM   #4
Cyclman
I Sell Koalas
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Cyclman's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2013
Aurora, CO
Posts: 6,195
Liked 739 Times on 615 Posts


That's quite a setup for your 1st brew.

Congrats, RDWHAH, and enjoy your creation.
__________________
Give a man a beer, waste an hour. Teach a man to brew, and waste a lifetime! Bill Owen quote

Why does Happy Hour limit happiness to 1/24 of the day?

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pre-Second Brew Questions defdans Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 01-24-2013 10:07 PM
First brew - BB Milk Stout - questions questions questions! halbrew Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 01-06-2013 08:01 AM
Two Tier / One Pump / Fly Sparge Brew Sculpture Questions Questions thomashp Equipment/Sanitation 14 10-19-2011 05:31 PM
First Brew, Some Questions ThunderPanda Cider Forum 19 03-30-2011 02:27 PM
First brew questions USFBull Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 04-05-2007 11:05 PM


Forum Jump