Shouyld it look like this

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Could somebody please check this out for me

http://community.webshots.com/album/316696684IFwGTS
Is the beer supposed to look like this while fermenting? (The kit came
with hop pellets to add at the begining).

If this is right, do I scrape this off before syphoning to my keg?

Thanks


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It looks fine.  There are a *lot* of hops in there tho'...  I don't know
what your instructions said, but usually most of the hops are left
behind in the boiler (unless you "dry hop" in the secondary).  No harm
in having a lot of hops in the primary fermenter, just unusual.


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You can dip it off with a SANITIZED spool or you can carefully
syphon from underneath it (leaving it in the bucket).

Derric


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That's "spoon" of course...  a sanitized spool would be kinda
weird...

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pieopah_2003@hotmail.com says...
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Ummmm.... a couple of things...

Looks to me to be normal foam, though with a lot of residual from the
hops pellets that disintegrated during the boil.  Most of that should
settle out as it finishes its primary fermentation.  Did you run your
wort through a sanitized strainer before topping up and adding the yeast?  
If not, try that next time to remove a good portion of any left over
solids before starting fermentation.

Don't worry about scraping it off (though if you must, you can, just make
sure that whatever you use is sanitized beforehand).  When you rack to
your keg, you should leave most of it behind since you draw from the
bottom portion of the fermenter.

My biggest question though is to ask if you are fermenting in a closed
container or not?  Leaving the top open exposes the brew to whatever
bacteria/natural yeasts/microoganisms/etc happen to be floating by at the
time.  You should have this covered/sealed with an airlock while it
ferments.  Some folks don't seal, but in any case, leaving it wide open
(if you are) isn't a good thing.  Anyway, don't know if you are or not,
just thought I'd ask.

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Thanks all,

I am relieved to know that this is looking normal.

jrprice, yes my container is covered.

The kit I used told me that I shouldn't boil. I started off with about
3 pints of boiling water which I poured over the hop pellets (which
were in the fermienting bin). I then added the malt extract and
spraymalt. To this I topped up to 5 gallons.

Of the 3 kits that I bought, this is the only one that contatined a
packed of hop pellets, so I shouldn't have to worry about this next
time.

Again, thanks :D


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hops are like the flavour of your beer.
add to your pleasure or displeasure.
i am 2 blocks from a brewery, and i know when they are preparing hops.
the scent to the air is like rotten soap, but the taste to palate is quite
different.
golden is a good finishing hops i add to my own brew.

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