Hello all. I am new to this homebrewing thing. I'll try to make a long story short. I am brewing a cream ale from northern brewer. I followed the instructions (I think).
I boiled and stuck in the fermenter on 12/18/08. The og was 1.064. The instructions said the the og should be 1.042. I checked the temp at 60deg. I pitched the yeast soon there after. It bubbling in the airlock the next morning and had about 2 1/2 in of krausen by the next day. My first question is why is the og so high?
Today the krausen is gone, there is a nasty looking foam around the top of the fermenter. The air lock is getting a bubble about every 3 or 4 minutes.
The beer is very dark. Remember its a cream ale! So, my other question is when does the beer start to clear up or at the very least get lighter?
And my last question is how long should I keep it in the fermenter? I do not have a secondary yet..
I know, I know, RDWHAHB! I don't have any homebrew!
I will try to attach pics if it will let me. Any help from you pros would be greatly appreciated... Thanks.