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First partial mash attempt & newbie mistakes

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Just wondering if anyone else has experienced any of these rookie mistakes & still had their beer turn out OK?  on Saturday afternoon, for my 9th batch, I  attempted a 2 gallon batch of Black Beer'd Porter for my first partial mash. Dry pitched 11g Nottingham yeast at 60F. First mistake, while steeping, I tried to keep temps between 155-165 - when I moved pot the dial on thermometer moved up to 170 but I think that was just briefly. I hope. Don't want any astringency. Steeped for 30 minutes. 2nd mistake, when I was cooling wort in ice bath in sink, lid off, I accidentally dropped an ice cube into my cooling wort. Wasn't thinking & plucked it out with fingers after I dunked them in sanitizer. I realized my mistake immediately after but it was like a reflex. Probably would have been better off just leaving the ice cube in there. Placed LBK into cooler with several frozen water bottles because we're having a heat wave  temps soared to over 80 in the house. No AC. So After 30 hrs of no activity, I checked the temps of cooler at the base & it was at about 47F! I was worried I put the yeast to sleep early on in the fermentation since I pitched at 60.  I took out the frozen bottles & replaced with some bottles filled with hot water to wake things up a bit.  I checked back in a few hours & fermentation seemed to take off - along with a slightly musty smell. Took out water bottles, then replaced with 2 frozen water bottles this morning. Today 52 hrs post-pitching, fermentation is strong & Krausen is almost reaching the lid of fermenter. Ambient temps in cooler are 61.  Just wondering what all the crazy spikes in temps are going to do to my beer in the end. Will have to wait  & see. I'll drink it anyway, and then do better next time:rolleyes:

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-  Momentarily hitting 170 shouldn't cause too much trouble.  If you'd stayed there for a while, that would be a different story.  I've done the same thing twice before and never noticed any astringent flavors.

-  Sanitizing your fingers before grabbing the ice cube was a good idea.  Putting your fingers in hot wort, on the other hand...well, just be glad it wasn't too hot.

-  I'm not an expert on yeast behavior, but those temp swings probably stressed out the yeast a bit.  That can cause off flavors.  The good thing is that BBP has some pretty complex, robust flavors.  So any off flavors might be very subdued.

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I have an electric range. When it's off, the burners are still hot and continue heating the pot. I knew that but figured I'd have time to set up a space on the counter with a couple old dish towels. My temps were over 180. No noticeable astringency. 

I agree with Shrike. In a complex beer like that, it's more forgiving of mistakes. Next time you make it you might think the 2nd batch just isn't as good as the first. LOL.

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On 6/5/2018 at 2:08 AM, Gutterbunnie said:

Just wondering if anyone else has experienced any of these rookie mistakes & still had their beer turn out OK?  on Saturday afternoon, for my 9th batch, I  attempted a 2 gallon batch of Black Beer'd Porter for my first partial mash. Dry pitched 11g Nottingham yeast at 60F. First mistake, while steeping, I tried to keep temps between 155-165 - when I moved pot the dial on thermometer moved up to 170 but I think that was just briefly. I hope. Don't want any astringency. Steeped for 30 minutes. 2nd mistake, when I was cooling wort in ice bath in sink, lid off, I accidentally dropped an ice cube into my cooling wort. Wasn't thinking & plucked it out with fingers after I dunked them in sanitizer. I realized my mistake immediately after but it was like a reflex. Probably would have been better off just leaving the ice cube in there. Placed LBK into cooler with several frozen water bottles because we're having a heat wave  temps soared to over 80 in the house. No AC. So After 30 hrs of no activity, I checked the temps of cooler at the base & it was at about 47F! I was worried I put the yeast to sleep early on in the fermentation since I pitched at 60.  I took out the frozen bottles & replaced with some bottles filled with hot water to wake things up a bit.  I checked back in a few hours & fermentation seemed to take off - along with a slightly musty smell. Took out water bottles, then replaced with 2 frozen water bottles this morning. Today 52 hrs post-pitching, fermentation is strong & Krausen is almost reaching the lid of fermenter. Ambient temps in cooler are 61.  Just wondering what all the crazy spikes in temps are going to do to my beer in the end. Will have to wait  & see. I'll drink it anyway, and then do better next time:rolleyes:

I made BBP earlier this year. I was adding heat to my pot during the steeping process and got distracted. Next thing I know the temp is 180-ish for a short while. I was really concerned. Beer turned out great. Better now that it’s several months conditioned. By the way I don’t cool the wort down ( ice bath ). The cold water in the lbk is sufficient for that unless you use excessive water for steeping. Good luck!

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Thanks for advice. As Pappazian says, you have to work really hard to screw up making homebrew! Best advice,  just RDWHAHB! Which I am able to do now that I have my pipeline going, some ready, some waiting to condition longer like the Kolsch & 1776 Ale. Kolsch after 3 wks conditioning is not bad but is young & needs to carbonate more. I ran out of fiz drops & used boiled DME. that was new! Which I heard can take a bit longer to carbonate. Live & learn:)

 

Will consider not doing ice bath next time. But it's a good way to get temps down fast if using slightly more water with the partial mashes. I started with about 2 quarts of water to steep but most boiled off after DME/hop boil.

 

So I took Scouterbill's advice & had a Voodoo. Yum!

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