Originally Posted by ks_medic
Thanks. I learn something new ever time. I only checked the FG right before i racked it to a secondary. so i should be checking it everyday after the 4th day? It was brewed as an ale. I did note a strong alcohol taste when i drank the sample. The stick on thermometer read about 76 contantly. i'm wondering if it fermented a little too hot.
From what I understand (keeping in mind that I'm still a noob), you shouldn't rack to secondary until the FG has been constant for ~3 days, indicating the yeasties are pretty much done with the bulk of their fermenting. So if you wanted to rack on day 7, it should be because the FG is the same as it was on day 4, and it should also be relatively close to the estimated FG you're hoping to get. I personally don't check my FG anymore until a couple weeks have passed, because a few extra days in the primary won't hurt (and might help) the beer.
And yes, 76 degrees from the temp stick might be a little too hot. My first couple brews were at that temp and they did have an alcohol twang. I try to keep the temp around 68 or lower in the beer, which ferments a few degrees hotter than the ambient temp. I wouldn't worry about it now that it's done, but maybe check out swamp coolers before the next batch (and keep the secondary in a cool, dry, dark place also).