I had a few questions on what to do with my first brew at this point.
5 gallon boil
3.3 lb. light LME
1.0 lb. Pilsen DME
8 oz. Corn Sugar
8 oz. Rice Syrup Solids
.5 oz. Brewers Gold
.5 oz. Cluster
1 pack Danstar Nottingham Yeast
Recipe called for
OG: 1.037 - 1.041
FG: 1.008 - 1.011
My OG was 1.041
So I pitched my yeast on 8/23/14, about a week and a half ago. I didn't have much action for the first 24 hours, but was patient and didn't open my fermentation bucket until today. The airlock action has slowed in the past two days. I measured my gravity and was surprised to see that it was at 1.004 - below the suggested FG. So I have a few questions:
- Do I rack it now? I am worried that a week and a half is not enough time for the yeast to attenuate properly. It also still looks darker than the "light" color I was expecting.
- Is it a problem that the FG is lower than what was called for? Is there anything that can be done about it?
- The beer had kind of a stale smell, is this normal?
Sorry for the large picture, but hopefully it may provide some clues to those more experienced than myself.
I have a carboy if somehow using a secondary fermentation would be helpful.
All thoughts and suggestions are welcome and greatly appreciated.