G'day guys, first of all, allow me to introduce myself, my name is Erik and live down under. My girlfriend bought me a home brewing kit for my birthday which I was very excited about!
This last saturday I went and followed all the instructions according to the product I bought (www.tooheysbrewing.com.au
) and found myself pitching the yeast at 10:30pm. When I woke up the next morning I went to see if the airlock had started bubbling and unfortunately no action. Unfortunately the hydrometer didn't make it home in one piece from the shop to my place, so couldn't actually measure whether fermentation had started. Of course, shops were closed on Sunday so couldn't go out and buy one either!
Anyway, to make a long story short I went and bought one today and measured the gravity and it was inconclusive. The brew itself smealt pretty much the same as on Saturday night. So, I decided to open the brewing kit and re-pitch some more yeast (so approx 42 hours after first pitch).
1: Now that I've opened my carboy, I obviously risked infection. How will I be able to tell whether my brew is infected?
2: If there are still no signs of bubbles in the airlock tomorrow, is that pretty much the end of it?
3: How do you properly read the hydrometer? Mine seemed to be floating around the 1.6 mark, which doesnt make any sense to me.
Thanks for your help guys!