So I just started brewing. I have helped a friend brew a few all grains, but this is my first beer. I bought a kit from a different friend who no longer wanted to brew, he was discouraged by his first attempt. With the kit he gave me a Brewferm Triple extract kit. I figured this was a good starting point, free. Anyway, suggested SG was 1.01 and mine was around 1.016, possible because my wife likes the house around 78 degrees. I think I had it fermenting around 75-77 degrees, no light, 10 days in primary. When I removed the lid to check gravity it smelled like cider, and stung my nose a little. Slight shocker. Possibly the CO2? I tasted it, apple tasting. No clue as to why. I still bottled it. It will have plenty of time to age. I will be gone to a military school for about 2.5 months, instructions said 6-8 weeks of conditioning.
Just trying to learn from possible mistakes, so if anyone can shed some light it would be appreciated.
I plan on drinking it regardless.