Hi fellow brewers,
I brewed my first batch of beer (Columbus IPA extract) last Sunday (7/25) and it has been fermenting nicely for 6 days now at 68 degrees until my Ranco probe broke yesterday. I have been able to adjust the fridge with a tub of water to hold the fermenting beer at 68 degrees until my replacement probe comes in the mail.
My question is I am now starting to see some seperation in my beer. There is a layer on the top 3rd of my carboy that is clearer than the bottom 2/3rds. Is this just my whirlfloc clearing the beer?
Also it seems that fermentation is tapering off, the airlock is starting to slow way down. When would be a good time to rack to a secondary, I know alot of brewers dont use a secondary but I feel that this beer is going to need the extra time to clear, its pretty cloudy.
Any help would be great, as I said this is my first time brewing. Maybe Im just freaking out, but it cant hurt to double check with you. Sorry for the long post.