Stuff settling at the bottom of fermenter?

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Hi All,

I started my first brew (an amber ale) on Tuesday the 23rd... and I noticed that there's some stuff settling at the bottom I'm guessing it's the yeast... I went to the troubleshooting section of John Palmer's how to brew and it says to kinda shake the fermenter a little and move it to a warmer place, I wanted to get a second opinion though because it's my first batch and I have very limited knowledge.

thanks, I appreciate any help..
 

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Completely normal. Mostly yeast & particulate matter (hops) that's settling. When you rack (transfer) once it's done fermenting, you want to avoid sucking that stuff up as much as possible. Makes for a cleaner tasting (and looking!) brew.
 

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Don't shake anything. The stuff that collects at the bottom of the fermenter is a mix of yeast, hops, and various particles from the brewing process. That's a good thing, so just leave it be and try not to suck too much of it up into the bottling bucket or kegs as scrambledegg said and you'll be fine.
 
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What about this much stuff at the bottom?? there's like a liters worth and its a 5 gallon brew? Is that still okay?
 

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In an all grain brew, all the hot and cold break material falls to the bottom immediately after I pour it into the fermenter. Sometimes it rises past the 1G mark.

Not to worry though. Over the primary fermentation, it will settle/compact, and eventually yeast will accumulate into the trub cake. Most of mine start out with a ~5.25-5.5G volume, and I will usually see about a half gallon loss due to settled trub in the end. The beer ends up fantastic!
 
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okay, awesome! thanks guys for the reassurance... I was just worried about the fruits of my labor going to waste. All the info. is much appreciated!
 

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In an all grain brew, all the hot and cold break material falls to the bottom immediately after I pour it into the fermenter. Sometimes it rises past the 1G mark.
Hey, let's not start a "who's trub is bigger" argument here. ;)
 
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