I am new to Home Brewing, but I feel addicted already. I currently have a batch of red wine going as well as two Cooper's beer kits. I figured I would start with the Cooper's first because all of my brewing buddies said they would be easy to start with.
The only issue I have had so far was the starting gravity. I like my beer strong but for both the IPA and the Dark Ale the starting gravity was pretty low at around 1.032 and 1.030 respectively. I followed the directions as best I could and was wondering if the starting gravity is supposed to be that low?
For the latest one, I used the Dark Ale kit. I added 500g of DME and also 300g of Corn Sugar (Dextrose) as well as the Malt Extract from the kit. The total volume was 23 litres of water along with the additives. I took a Hydrometer reading at about 31 degrees Celsius right before I pitched the yeast and came out with about 1031 reading.
Should I be adding more sugar? I don't want to kill the body of the beer. Any suggestions?