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My first brew
« on: May 20, 2017, 04:32:25 PM »
Hey there everyone,

So my and my fiancee finally decided to make our first batch of beer. We're using a glass, one gallon carboy with your regular plastic airlock. I think the beer we're making is something close to a czech pilsner, as we used czech saaz hops in our brewing. I have two questions, so far, and I'm hoping you seasoned member could give me a couple hints:

1. This seems to be a common problem, but it's been three days in the carboy and the bubbles are almost dead, like one bubble will pop in the airlock maybe every two minutes, it was one ever 20 sec. or so on the first day. I know you'll ask, so no, we don't have a hydrometer (I've been kicking myself for the last 24 hours). The instructions given to us with the kit says to leave it in the carboy for 14 days before bottling. So, since I'm unable to take a hydrometer reading, if I just leave it alone for the 14 days, even if fermentation HAS stopped, will it still be ok?

2. There's all the stuff at the bottom. I'm fine with it but the misses is thinking about filtering? Is filtering worth the cost? if so, what's the best and most cost effective way of going about it?

Thanks for the help in advance!

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Re: My first brew
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2017, 04:36:16 PM »
My line of foam has also really thinned out if that is important info.

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Re: My first brew
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2017, 04:39:40 PM »
Sounds like a good fermentation.
1. small batches ferment quickly so 2-3 days would be normal.
2. The beer should clear over the next 1-2 weeks, best not to open it until you're ready to bottle. the stuff in the bottom is normal as well and you should not need to filter. a bit of the same precipitate will be present in the bottle as well.
All normal, and congrats on the first batch. Welcome to the obsession. :)
 
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Re: My first brew
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2017, 04:43:32 PM »
Sounds like a good fermentation.
1. small batches ferment quickly so 2-3 days would be normal.
2. The beer should clear over the next 1-2 weeks, best not to open it until you're ready to bottle. the stuff in the bottom is normal as well and you should not need to filter. a bit of the same precipitate will be present in the bottle as well.
All normal, and congrats on the first batch. Welcome to the obsession. :)
 

Thanks so much Steve! Also glad to hear about the filtering, one less thing I need to buy lol

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Re: My first brew
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2017, 05:07:54 PM »
Sounds like a good fermentation.
1. small batches ferment quickly so 2-3 days would be normal.
2. The beer should clear over the next 1-2 weeks, best not to open it until you're ready to bottle. the stuff in the bottom is normal as well and you should not need to filter. a bit of the same precipitate will be present in the bottle as well.
All normal, and congrats on the first batch. Welcome to the obsession. :)
 

Thanks so much Steve! Also glad to hear about the filtering, one less thing I need to buy lol

I'd give it a few more days just to be sure fermentation is over.  Then, assuming you have refrigerator space,  take off the airlock, cover the opening tightly with foil, and put the fermenter in the fridge for 3-4 days.  That will make all the particulates drop to the bottom of the fermenter and you can siphon clear beer from above the sludge on the bottom.  If you can't do that, just let it sit at room temp for another week or so and the same thing will happen.
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Re: My first brew
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2017, 05:14:36 PM »
Sounds like a good fermentation.
1. small batches ferment quickly so 2-3 days would be normal.
2. The beer should clear over the next 1-2 weeks, best not to open it until you're ready to bottle. the stuff in the bottom is normal as well and you should not need to filter. a bit of the same precipitate will be present in the bottle as well.
All normal, and congrats on the first batch. Welcome to the obsession. :)
 

Thanks so much Steve! Also glad to hear about the filtering, one less thing I need to buy lol

I'd give it a few more days just to be sure fermentation is over.  Then, assuming you have refrigerator space,  take off the airlock, cover the opening tightly with foil, and put the fermenter in the fridge for 3-43 days.  That will make all the particulates drop to the bottom of the fermenter and you can siphon clear beer from above the sludge on the bottom.  If you can't do that, just let it sit at room temp for another week or so and the same thing will happen.
43 day cold crash! That will get 'er done. :)

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Re: My first brew
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2017, 05:23:56 PM »
Sounds like a good fermentation.
1. small batches ferment quickly so 2-3 days would be normal.
2. The beer should clear over the next 1-2 weeks, best not to open it until you're ready to bottle. the stuff in the bottom is normal as well and you should not need to filter. a bit of the same precipitate will be present in the bottle as well.
All normal, and congrats on the first batch. Welcome to the obsession. :)
 

Thanks so much Steve! Also glad to hear about the filtering, one less thing I need to buy lol

I'd give it a few more days just to be sure fermentation is over.  Then, assuming you have refrigerator space,  take off the airlock, cover the opening tightly with foil, and put the fermenter in the fridge for 3-43 days.  That will make all the particulates drop to the bottom of the fermenter and you can siphon clear beer from above the sludge on the bottom.  If you can't do that, just let it sit at room temp for another week or so and the same thing will happen.
43 day cold crash! That will get 'er done. :)

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Re: My first brew
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2017, 05:40:39 PM »
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Re: My first brew
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2017, 10:45:09 PM »
I don't think I can get away with taking up the fridge space, so I think I'll leave him for the 14 days. Next batch, I will definitely be buying a hydrometer so I can take away some of the guesswork.

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Re: My first brew
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2017, 11:21:49 AM »
You can still buy a hydrometer and equally as important a hydrometer tube (called a test jar in some catalogs).  You're only four days or so into the normal 14-day fermentation period; even if you have to order online, most suppliers can get it to you in three days or less.  Then, you can take the guesswork out of: is it finished fermenting yet?

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Re: My first brew
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2017, 12:00:15 PM »
Sounds like a good fermentation.
1. small batches ferment quickly so 2-3 days would be normal.
2. The beer should clear over the next 1-2 weeks, best not to open it until you're ready to bottle. the stuff in the bottom is normal as well and you should not need to filter. a bit of the same precipitate will be present in the bottle as well.
All normal, and congrats on the first batch. Welcome to the obsession. :)

I agree, so far everything sounds perfectly normal.  The yeast have a big dose of activity at first and then calm down, but they are still working in the there. 

If you don't have one, I would recommend an auto-siphon.  It has a racking cane surrounded by a larger plastic tube with grommets.  All you have to do is pull up the racking cane to fill the outer tube and then push it back down to force the liquid through the cane and tubing.  Usually only takes one to two pumps to prime it and then it will run on it's own.  Makes transferring so easy and starting a beer siphon by mouth (sucking on the tubing) is not sterile.

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