For my first attempt at home brewing, I purchased a box kit for a German Oktoberfest after reading the instrustions I find that it is supposed to be fermented under lager conditions, which I am not set up to do, but it said it will be OKAY to ferment as a ale. I should have closed the box and got a simpler kit, but I didn't.
I brewed the batch on March 23rd moved it into secondary fermentation on April 1st and on May 2nd it is still releasing CO2 into the airlock. I have kept the carboy out of sun light in a back storage room whose ground level temperature has not exceeded 67 degrees. When I check the airlock at anytime during the day I'll uncover the carboy and in doing so the CO2 release increased to a small bubble every 10-15 seconds.
When is this stuff going to stop working so I can bottle it?
The SG on Apr 1 was 1.02 it was 1.019 on May 1. So with all the bubbling it does not appear that the yeast is making anymore alcohol.
Don't want to bottle before it's time to have a mess, wifie would not be happy and she is not too pleased with my new retirement hobby, which took me 5 years to fine.
Any help here would be greatly appreciated.
Have made my 2nd batch a Summer Ale which is also in secondary fermentation, much simpler I hope.