I am just starting out with homebrewing and I decided for my first batch to use an extract kit from http://www.ontariobeerkegs.com. For my first batch I figured I would follow the instructions to a T. http://www.ontariobeerkegs.com/v/vspfiles/assets/images/3gal%20-%20american%20ipa.pdf. I ended up with a very cloudy wort. The instructions however, did not mention anything about filtering or straining and i simply poured my cooled kettle of wort into the fermentation bucket, and sprinkled the dry yeast on top as instructed on the package of yeast.
This was a couple days ago, the airlock is bubbling like crazy (so I assume it's fermenting alright) but after finishing up I was a little unsure of the process that I just completed and I looked up some more details. Mainly to either strain the wort or do the "whirlpool" to leave out much of the gunk. Also i looked up more detailed instructions for the yeast (US-05), that said I should re-hydrate the yeast prior to pitching.
Now i'm worried that I've done something wrong and the beer wont turn out. I guess the only way to know for sure is to wait a few weeks before bottling.
Additional question: Will it be possible to clarify the beer at the bottling phase or will I be stuck with a cloudy beer. I assume most of the residue will settle and I will be incredibly careful not to disturb during transfer to bottling bucket.