I've started brewing an Oktoberfest. It has been in primary for a little less than a week. The first 24 hours was good, super active. After about a day, it got pretty warm here, and the thermometer strip on my carboy read 80°.
After that, my fermentation came to a screeching halt. I figured the warmer temp might have just sped up the fermentation process, but when I took a gravity reading, it said 1.022, my OG was 1.042. So it went down considerably in that time. I decided to wait a few more days. Today, I read it and it's at 1.018. I wanted it down to 1.012 to 1.016ish. And to be honest, as I sat here writing this out it doesn't seems as bad as I thought it was.
But, Does this seem normal? Is this a normal rate? Should I let it sit for a bit longer, or is this about as low as I can expect it to get?
This is only my third batch ever, so I'm still new to this. And this is my first time taking gravity readings.