Originally Posted by ChrisL_
Well I have not been as excited to start a hobby/project in a long while, as I have been since Homebrew and Punkin Ale came along. So I finally got all my stuff together and brewed my firs batch on Sunday. That is the good news. The bad news it did not take me long to make my first rookie error.
I totally misread Reno_Envys recipe. Where it said "24QT of 163*F water (step temp of 156)" I read that as doing a mash at 2 temps, first 156 and then 163. Being my first ever batch and doing BIAB in an effort to keep it simple I decided to just do the entire thing at 163
(on the bright side it explained the 1.080 SG that I did not understand at first).
So I have read to understand that my beer may end up pretty sweet as I may have some unfermentable sugars in there. I guess how sweet only time will tell. On the bright side I have been known to like my sugary treats
I did learn one other thing as well. I have read on these forums over and over again to RDWHAHB. This advise stinks when it is your first batch and you don't have a home brew to relax with! Luckily I am still well stocked with many comercials beers, so I stilled chilled out with a frosty beverage.
OK, I am looking for some advice/feedback. I know I need to be patient with my beers but am curious about something. I thought most fermentation was done in the first few days? My SG was 1.080 and I checked today and it was still at 1.040. Should it have gone down more by now, or do I just need to wait?
Some additional details:
1. Including fowl ups listed above I also think my boil was too vigorous and I boiled off too much. I ended up with 2.4 gal in the fermenter when my target was 3.
2. I did a 2.5G batch and pitched an entire package of SF05. Ambient temp was mostly around 60-63F in my basement.
3. Fermentation looked vigorous for a couple of days and then slowed right down.
4. It was my first ever taste of freshly fermented beer, so I am not totally sure about the taste, but it seemed ok other then pretty sweet and having what I think is the "green" flavor of a young beer.
Any thoughts? I am correct that the gravity should have been lower by this point?