Im doing a williams brewery extract kit. its my 3rd batch. the first two turned out ok, but nothing amazing. finally i decided to try something stong, which is typically the kind of beer i like. i went with a west coast style imperial ipa.
i did not check my starting gravity, my first mistake.
the beer spent 9 days in the primary, then an additional 18 in the secondary. it was stored in a 68-73 degree room.
today i took the first hydrometer reading. and its at 1.032, while the directions for the kit are telling me to expect 1.042.
my questions are: what could i have done to cause this? how, and in what way, will it effect the beer? and what general tips do you have to counter act this kind of thing in the future?
Thanks in advanced.
Edit: Thought i would update: everything turned out great, im not sure if this is how the beer is supposed to taste, but it tastes as good as something i'd pick up in the store. ive had the chance to have a few and i couldn't be happier with it.