so, I just did my first home brew on wednesday and just when I thought I did all the research I could do, I had more questions after brew day. Below are a list of things that I know went wrong and other things that I’m not sure. But I’m looking for answers to everything.
FYI: This brew is Caabiou Slobber.
#1 I had a boil over! I can’t believe I let it happen. I walked away for about 30 sec and thats all it took. What I don’t know is, does this ruin this batch?
#2 I got put the special grains in the water and it got to a boil, then removed the bag and turned the heat off to add the malt. After adding both the wet and dry malt, I reapplied the heat and immediately added the 60 min hops, then the 45 and then the 15 min hops (I added all the hops based on when I reapplied the heat…NOT once it came back to a boil. My question is, did I ruin this batch by not waiting for the water to come back to a boil or is this ok the way I did it? I didn’t realize what I did until I was looking at some other recipes that had a more detailed directions.
#3 Once the boil was over I had already started chilling water with ice in the sink. It felt like the wort was cooled rather quickly so I was happy and moved on to the next step. I funneled the wort into the better bottle and began to aerate the beer. Once the beer cooled, I added the yeast, put in the stopper and airlock and hid it away in my closet. This was about 6pm on Wednesday. Later that same night I went back to see how it was doing and the airlock was bubbling away and the foam was going up to the neck of the carboy. I panicked and quickly cleaned and sanitized my blow-off tube and swapped that out for the airlock. I called the next morning to see if this was normal and NB said yes. THIS IS WHERE MY QUESTION COMES IN FOR #3…around 12noon on Thursday I went to see how the beer was doing and there were no bubbles and the foam was gone. There was only a little bit sitting on the top of the “beer”. I thought this process was going to go on for 1 or 2 weeks and it didn’t even go on for 24 hours…is this normal???
Many thanks and I look forward to hearing back from some experienced home brewers.