Hi all. I've always wanted to try my hand at brewing, and after watching a documentary on craft brewing (I think it was "Beer Wars" on Netflix) I decided to go ahead and order the two stage Irish Red Ale starter kit from Northern Brewer. I wish I had gotten the Caribou Slober, but I'm realizing that's part of the fun part about brewing... I already have an excuse to brew another batch!
A coworker of mine had an old hydrometer that he went out of his way to locate for me, which of course slid out of it's tube and shattered within 30 minutes of my possession. Being that there's no way to get one "off the internet" in time for brew day, I managed to locate the only supply house in town. What a great place! So I'm glad to know I now have the LHBS as a resource... and I now have TWO hydrometers!
So I've brewed my first batch of this Irish Red Ale. With my *new* hydrometer and test tube, I picked up a gravity reading of about 1.028. Now... what the heck does that tell me! Does it matter, or do you take an initial reading more to serve as a base line?
Thanks in advance!