First batch, partial extract APA..... per recipe og 1054 fg 1014 - 5g batch fermenting in 6g bucket.
OK, it's day 8 and although there is still some activity, I can get a bubble or so/half hour, the sniff test on the air lock indicated that it was very much getting there, so I HAD to go in.
Properly sanitized the beer thief and quickly popped the lid to get my sample....... My og was 1053.....gravity now..... 1010 !!!!!!!
Conditions iside were interesting for the noob. The big green ring around the collar (see the noob does a stoopid thread) and a layer of white foam on the surface, appeared to be about 1/4" thick.
Now for the important part. Flavor OUTSTANDING. Even though not carbonated it had a slight fizzyness and was very, very much like my favorite household beer, (SNPA). Body was good, bitterness good, so for me, the proud father of his first batch it scores very high on the drinkability scale. OK, ANYTHING drinkable would have made me happy, but this exceeds my expectations by a mile. Can you tell I'm excited?
Now to the questions...... where do we go from here? I will be kegging this and speed carbonating, 2 days at 30 psi. I know, I need more patience and I will be more patient next batches, but I need SOMETHING coming out of that tap so I can stop buying cases of beer...... you know.
1 Although there is still some activity, gravity says it's done. Is it?
2 Popping the lid let air in..... is that bad?
3 I'll be autosiphoning this off (no tap on the bucket). Would the foam layer on top disappear if I waited longer? On the other thread someone suggested swirling, then tilting the bucket, letting it settle and then putting the siphon in the shallow end. I like that.
Your (much appreciated) thoughts?