I brewed my very first batch of extract (Brewer's Best Amber Ale) yesterday morning, and I'm still not seeing any bubbling in the airlock. I'm running through a list of things that could I could have done wrong, and one of them might have been from when I racked the wort from the (cooled) brewpot into the plastic "Ale Pale" fermenter.
Yes, I confirmed the wort was chilled down to 110°F before I racked. And yes, I racked using a sanitized autosiphon, into a sanitized fermenter. And yes I added several gallons of refrigerated distilled water into the fermenter prior to pitching the yeast, confirming that the wort was 70°F at that time.
But the one thing I might have done very wrong was that I tried to autosiphon every last ounce out of the brewpot, even tipping it nearly on its side to make sure the autosiphon got everything.
Did I introduce "bad things" (trub?) into the fermenter by doing this? If so, what are these bad things, why are they bad, and is it OK to just leave the last 1/4" - 1/2" of cooled wort in the brewpot next time?!?