Originally Posted by knelson
Also my OG was 1.042 (the instructions called for an OG of1.045) Yesterday when I tested it it was at 1.011. Is there a specific gravty that I am looking for or is that pretty much out of my control at this point? Will I be losing more ABV during secondary and bottle conditioning. If I calculated correctly I am below 5% ABV at this point. Am I going to end up with water?
You are not going to be losing ABV (alcohol by volume) now - that would require that the alcohol got turned back to sugar, or all evaporated. Your beer should be around 4.5% ABV, and you are not going to end up with water!
Do you mean losing gravity
(which would further increase the ABV of the beer)? The only way to know that would be to take another reading. In general, 1.011 sounds pretty closed to done, if not finished. Depending on the attenuation of the yeast you used, it might lose another point or two, or not.
But, as the others have said, there is certainly no harm (other than having to have an extra ounce of patience) in leaving the beer on the yeast for another week or two.