Trying out my first batch of home brew... it's a central smash IPA one gallon recipe boiled over on me, so this is a very small 3/4 gallon batch ha. I see a lot of floating green. Nothing's moving anymore it's been about two weeks in the glass carboy. Does this look normal?enter image description hereenter image description here

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Everything I see there looks normal. Green floaties, just hops. Clean surface, no pellicile starting. Some bubbles, c02 still being produced.

  • Do you think the bubbles mean it is not quite done fermenting until CO2 is no longer being produced? Dec 3, 2016 at 16:41
  • @JordanFields indeed. It can take several weeks for some fermentations to hit a terminal gravity. If bubbles are forming, something is producing a gas, usually c02 and from yeast. Dec 3, 2016 at 16:44
  • So you would say it is not ready to be bottled? Dec 3, 2016 at 17:07
  • @JordanFields only checking the gravity will tell for sure. Dec 3, 2016 at 17:08
  • Don't have a hydrometer :/ do you think it would be Madge to bottle possibly prematurely? Dec 3, 2016 at 17:15

Judging fermentation by how long you see activity in the airlock is unpredictable. You saw some activity, which is a good sign.

Did you happen to get any hydrometer readings?

That green stuff floating around are hops that are still suspended.

At this point, I would give it a taste. If it tastes like flat, almost-beer, you're in good shape. Make sure you sanitize the siphon before doing this.

  • Awesome. I did not get any hydrometer readings. I just got a starter kit from northern brewer from my fiancé for my birthday didn't come with a hydrometer. I figure if I like this I can upgrade Dec 3, 2016 at 16:41

My wife saw this picture and immediately said, "Looks aren't everything".

It doesn't look bad, I would probably judge it by smell. If it stinks you might have a problem. If it smells like beer, get it into secondary and see what happens.

  • Does fermented beer usually look this way? Literally my first batch ever. The airlock stopped moving after 6 days. Dec 3, 2016 at 3:40

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