Hello all, very excited to be getting into the works of brewing… But I’m a little nervous now.
Last night I completed the brew to first fermentation bucket process, following the instructions in my Brewer’s Best kit. After the boiling process was over, I ended up with a little over 3 gallons of wort. I chilled the pot in a tub filled with ice water. It took about 20 mins to get down to about 70 degrees. I then siphoned the wort to the bucket, and then needed to add about 2 gallons of water (to bring me up to 5 gallons)
As careful as I was to clean and sanitize everything, I brainlessly used a britta pitcher to add the remaining water (because I wanted the water as clean as possible without having to boil and cool it). Anyhow, I completely forgot to sanitize the britta pitcher itself. 2 gallons of water went thorough the britta filter, into the pitcher, and into my bucket. The bucket is now sealed, with the air stopper in it, and sitting in my basement waiting to begin fermentation.
Question: did I definitely ruin my batch by not sanitizing the britta pitcher, or is there a chance it still may turn out ok? Huge rookie mistake… I know. I’m pretty bummed about this.
Thanks a lot for helping a noobie!