Second kit, this time just ingredients 9L NEIPA all grain ingredients beer brew kit.
Any feedback/advice welcome!
The mash: just got some stock pots on an induction hob. No issues getting to temperature but maintaining it is a challenge.
The sparge: I used a brew bag as my sieve isn't big enough (anti crock comments unwelcome )
The boil: hop addition after 10 mins and lots of paper towels on the extractor fan to stop the drips!
Hop stand: chilled the wort to just under 80C by stirring (is this okay?) then added the hops and put lid on to help maintain temp and stop loss of water from evaporation (is that right?).
Cooling/fertilisation- may have ruined it! : used an ice bath (wort chiller is my next purchase I think). Poored through a sterilised sieve into sterilised fermentation bucket to try and increase oxygen but it mainly overflowed the sieve. Forgot to test gravity so i may have caused a big problem in response to this... I put my fingers in the cooled wort when taking a sample. Then when adding the liquid yeast I cut both sachets and some yeast went on the unsanitised pack but I poored it all in as I didn't want to lose any! I'm now worried I've contaminated my wort
Fermentation: All tucked up with fingers crossed. Dry hop is four days before kegging. My understanding is that I add the hops after fermentation is complete and then wait four days before kegging?
Again, I would really appreciate any advice as I can see this being a long term hobby!
Lots of love,