I know a variant of this question has been asked a million times, but can someone let me know if this behavior is "normal" for a brew?
I'm using Northern Brewer's Caribou Slobber Brown kit.
I brewed on Saturday evening, followed the instructions carefully (the only thing I did 'incorrectly' was add water/wort in the wrong order. The instructions said to put 2 gal. of cold water in the Carboy first, I put the wort in, then realized my mistake). The wort was cool to the touch by the time I added the yeast.
All day Sunday I had crazy activity in the fermentor: the bubbles were going so fast that it sounded like a boiling pot, and the krausen was thick and active (it rose and sank, and all sorts of stuff).
Monday I went down and it has all but stopped. I sat and watched for a while and barely saw a bubble (i can't tell if it was my tapping fingers on the clawfoot tub the carboy was in or what). All that was left of the krausen was the sticky stuff on the sides of the better bottle.
Wondering two things in specific:
- Is the beer in trouble for having "gone" so fast?
- Should I try and rinse the krausen particulate back into the wort?
It's been particularly warm the last few days, but it's in a dimly lit, rarely used bathroom in the lowest part of my apartment (we have three half-stories). Overall it's been a very comfortable temperature in the room.