A bit of background:
- This is my second beer batch. My first beer batch turned out well as an Irish Stout, using the Midwest Brewing kit and recipie
I just started a White House Honey Ale I'm currently brewing a White House Honey Ale using this kit. I started this brew a week ago, 4/21, and opened it up for the first time today. I used dry yeast per the recipe. I have the following observations and questions:
- There is no layer of krausen on the top of the fermenter. Is this normal/expected in some cases? Because of this, should I re-pitch yeast into the primary fermentation?
- My original gravity reading prior to fermentation was 1.020. The recipe sheet mentions an SG of 1.058-1.060 - so was something wrong to begin with with this batch of beer?
- The reading on my hydrometer today is 1.010, which is within the range of the expected final gravity on the recipe sheet.
The big question. Based on this evidence, my first inclination is to say that fermentation did happen, and I should move the beer into a carboy for further fermentation. Is this what you would recommend in this sitauation, or would you suggest a different course of action?
A final note: in both the Irish stout and this batch of beer, I didnt see any bubbling in the airlock. From what I've searched on this website, this may be "normal" as some of the 5 gallon food grade containers or seals dont have very good seals, so my first impression is that fermentation probably did happen, I just dont see the fermentation because i'm dealing with leaky equipment.
Any advice is greatly appreciated!