Hi All.... Great forum, great people.
I've read both brew books I have cover to cover and scoured this forum for weeks. And finally attemped my first batch yesterday. I wanted to share my experience and ask a few follow up questions.
I brewed a Brewer's Best India Pale Ale.
Added Malt syrup - Boiled
Added Hops - Boiled (and some boil over
Added finishing hops last 5 minutes
Cooled to 78
Poured into 6.5 gallon bucket (1st question here - Filter at this point ?)
Added water to equal 5 gallons
Took OG reading (1.043)
Poured wort into Carboy (I DID filter here)
Made yeast slurry from dry
Poured slurry into carboy
Inserted stopper and Airlock
5-6 hours after stopping if was bubbling very little, this morning its bubbling good
1-2 inches of "foam" on he top of the wort. Everythings "SEEMS" likes its working
Now this afternoon all the trub that was on the bottom has rose to the top, maybe not all, but certainly most. (2nd question, Hadn't heard of this, is this correct? )
Ok, really i only had one big question during the cook. I have an 8 inch funnel that at first i used to pour the cooled wort into the 6.5 bucket (before I add more water). It wouldnt go through the screen in my funnel. All the hop pellets just turn to a paste and clogged the screen, so i removed it and poured it into the bucket, added water, and then poured it into the carboy through the screen.
Just making sure this is ok. The directions said when pouring off, leave whatever sediment was in the bottom of your pot. But there wasnt any, it all went into the bucket and MOST went into the carboy.
Thanks for all the great info here....I have found a new hobby.