I brewed my first batch of beer last Sunday (11/25). I lost the directions that came with the brewing kit so I was not sure how to properly use the hydrometer. And i'm pretty sure after adding the yeast to the bucket I didn't agitate it long enough. I put the lid on, put the airlock on and after several days of checking, airlock never indicated anything. Last night, I opened the bucket to see if 'anything' was going on. It looked like the beer had 'foamed' up and then settled, as there was a ring around the bucket where the 'head' must have risen. Wasn't sure what I was looking for; beer smelled pretty decent. I returned the lid.
1. How long should I leave it in there?
2. Do I need to put it in a secondary fermenter?
3. When should I bottle it?
4. After bottling it, how long should I leave it sit?
I'm not sure what kind of 'readings' I should be taking, as I haven't taken any. I know, I suck. But like I said, I am a newbie of the worst variety.
Thanks so much everyone!