I decided to go to the 'dark side' after finding a 30L boiler at a good price, but I've got a couple of questions. Hopefully everything is fine, but I'd just like to check in case something has gone wrong! The recipe I'm using is Eskimo Bitter (#2 on the recipe list on this website) 1) The wort smelt very hoppy before I added the yeast. I suspect this might be down to the relatively long cooling time while the hops were still in the boiler. Instead of an immersion chiller I used wet towels on the outside of the boiler, (sanitised) freezer blocks and a freezing cold evening. Managed to cool it to just under 30degC in just over an hour. The brew is also a bit low on volume, coming in at around 17L rather than the 19L I expected, so that may have something to do with it? Will the fermentation process alter the taste such that it appears less hoppy? 2) Lots of particles in suspension at the bottom: http://i44.tinypic.com/14lhtz6.jpg This photo was taken just now, about an hour after pitching the yeast. It doesn't appear to be a clumpy mess like you'd get with yeast, but tiny particles in suspension. I think it's bit of grain that managed to get through the holes in my bag. I don't really fancy losing 5L of beer to this sediment, so do you think passing it through a filter when I rack it would sort it out? 3) When should I bottle, and is there need to use stabiliser if I intend to naturally carbonate? On a similar note, I'm bottling into glass bottles and I'm wondering if my standard wilkos bottle capper will get a good enough seal to deal with the pressure? I've used it before for still cider and the caps came off quite easily. I couldn't get them off by hand, but with an opener it was much easier than I'm used to. On the whole, I'm looking forward to tasting it! :cheers: Thanks.