So I just finished bottling my first batch of beer. (Yeah!) But, I'm disappointed. I'm using a Midwest Newcastle clone kit and followed the directions. I'm in Paris, France now, so the only thing I couldn't do was brew in one fermenter. I was forced to use two, 10-liter fermenters.
The Midwest kit said that OG should be closer to 1.052. I wasn't too worried about the OG a little on the low side. My fermentation temps were about 75F for the first day and when I realized it was a little high, I moved the beer to a cooler spot and it stayed closer to 68-70 for the rest of the fermentation.
I took a SG reading at 1-week and got 1.020. I agitated the fermenters by swirling at 1-week. Same reading tonight, at 2-weeks after brewing. I added the corn sugar and decided to bottle. The beer tastes okay, kind of like a Killians, but a bit on the sweet side.
I re-hydrated my yeast as directed by Midwest and full-blown, blow your airlock off fermentation after 24-hours. Fermentation lasted about 4-days and slowed down from there.
Any suggestions on:
- Why my OG was low?
- My final SG was high?
Thanks for your help. Looking forward to the next batch--hopefully with some alcohol next time!