Hello everyone, I have read and learned a bunch from this forum, but this is my first time posting. I have a few questions about brewing the extract version of the Bourbon Barrel Porter.
When I was steeping the grains for the Bourbon Barrel Porter this past Sunday, I lost track of the temp of the water and when I noticed the temp it was almost 195. I immediately took the pot off the burner and then temp lowered to about 150 F before the 20 mins were over. Did this ruin the batch or did I just leach extra tannins out of the grains…if I did just leach extra tannins from the grains, does that just make the beer more bitter or what is the result?
I brewed the beer this past Sunday and I didn’t have time to make a starter so I bought 2 packages of Wyeast 1728 - Scottish Ale to pitch. Both packets were swollen when I pitched them and the temp of the wort was approx 77 F. However, I have seen very few signs of fermentation occurring. There haven’t been any air bubbles from the airlock and while there was a small cap of krausen visible in the bucket on Tuesday night, it has completely fallen back into the wort with no head visible at all now. I assumed that since I hit OG (well almost, 1.064 vs expected 1.065) there should be a vigorous fermentation. I haven’t opened up the bucket to take a FG sample, but should do that before I go buy a packet of Nottingham and try to repitch, or just repitch and relax. If I do take another sample, from reading the forums I think it normally finishes near 1.015+/- but sometimes finishes a little higher near 1.02. Should I repitch if it is anything above 1.025 or where it that breaking point?
I was trying to make this to give out to my brothers as there Xmas gift and now I only have about 3 months till Christmas. Any recommendations for how long to primary, secondary, and then bottle condition? I was planning on doing a 3 week primary, 3 week secondary, and then bottle conditioning until Xmas, but now with the fermentation not going well, I’m not sure what my new schedule should be.
Thanks in advance for any and all help. Have a great day!