Never brewed before. Started first batch two days ago. Couple questions:
1 - I poured 100% of the contents of the kettle into the fermenter. I have since gathered that I wasn’t supposed to include the sludge at the bottom. Did I ruin the batch?
2 - The fermenter is performing it’s duty in my barn, which is heated, but it’s rather chilly here in Virginia at the moment and I’m realizing that I’m an idiot who’s going to have a massive electric bill running my heat pump in the barn constantly for two weeks. I want to move the full 6 gallon glass carboy into the house and up two flights of stairs so I don’t have to keep the barn heated. What is the best way to accomplish this? If I drop the carboy and make a mess in the house I am a dead man.
3 - I am reading that glass carboys sometimes spontaneously explode. I enjoy a spontaneous explosion as much as the next guy but how can I avoid such an occurrence with my nice new carboys?