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Seems to me you're worrying too much. Unless a ferment seems to be stuck—which hasn't happened to me in several dogs' years of home brewing—or unless the final alcohol content really matters, I much prefer to leave the yeast to do its thing. I figure the less I touch it, the less likely I am to contaminate it. Beer is a tender thing, almost defenceless ...
Everything you describe is totally normal. Your beer is fine.
First of all, don't open the bucket if you can at all avoid it. I know this your first brew so you're excited, but in general you want to leave it alone. I don't touch my brews for 4 weeks unless dry-hopping (as in, I pitch yeast, close the bucket and don't look or think about it again for a month). Second--your beer is probably fine. The most vigorous ...
This has happened to many brewers before and does not mean your batch is ruined. More than likely, the peak of the fermentation activity has passed. You should clean your fermenter with a sanitized cloth on the outer areas where the spill occurred. Also re-clean and sanitize your air lock and lid or bung-stopper of your carboy or bucket, and reseal them. ...
It can happen - just let the mead continue as normal. It's probably equally due to temperature or the amount of yeast pitched and not just the sugar, since there are also plenty of simple sugars in honey.
When I brew with an extract I boil 4 cups of water, then take it off of the heat, and add my Hopped Malt Extract to the hot water and stir. Once the extract has dissolved into the hot water it gets added to a gallon of chilled water in my fermentor, and then another 4 cups are added to that. Basically, the instructions for my Mr Beer 2 gallon brewing kit.
I use my dishwasher as the filling area. With my bottling bucket on the counter above it. That way when I spill it'll drain into the dishwasher. It means less cleanup and less sticky floors. When I sanitize my bottles, I fill up my bottling bucket with star-san and use the spout to fill bottles with the star san, swirl it around, pour it back into the ...
Place all of your bottles in the dishwasher for a sanitizer cycle. Leave the dishwasher closed until bottling time to preserve sanitation. If you don't have a sanitizer cycle, spray the inside of the dishwasher with starsan and drain your bottles from your sanitizing reservoir in the racks of the dishwasher. Place the bottling bucket on the counter above ...
You are too optimistic regarding your schedule. It's unlikely that fermentation will be finished in a week. Let the cider make the schedule, not the calendar.
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