***Hello! This is my obligatory first post disclaimer!***
I'm new to brewing and just concocted my 3rd 5gal batch. It is supposed to be a ginger porter.
1.5# Crystal 90L
.5# Cara Munich I
6.6# Light LME
3# Dark DME
6oz Smashed Ginger Root
1¼ oz Perle hop pellets
¾ oz Saaz pellets
½ tsp Irish moss last 15 min of boil.
¾ oz Saaz pellets (aramatic hops)
5gal of water
I brewed using the method described in the recipe I based this porter off of (here
) and cooled the wort.
At 60F I measured the OG and got 1.144! That is much higher than I've ever got before. There aren't clear directions on how to measure OG with the hydrometer outside of putting it in the cylinder and minding the temperature. The beer was not settled and VERY heavy in suspended particles. Using my rudimentary college physics knowledge I thought that shouldn't matter. The particles, if not dissolved, affect the volume of the liquid not the density.... right?
In any case... I pitched 2 packets (per recommendation of the store employee) of a yeast I can't recall right now, while I'm away from home. I then stored the soon-to-be beer in my room at probably 60F. I left to visit family for just over 54 hours and upon return noticed nothing but some condensation in my fermentation lock. I gave it a few more days, nothing! Opened up the beer to find that fermentation had occured already! There was foam residue lining the walls of the bucket about 4 inches from the top of the liquid. So, I measured TG and got, a still very high, 1.040.
I tossed in some yeast energizer and food... I stared at the surface of the liquid and did notice a tiny bubble or two rising every 10 seconds or so.. but nothing big enough to move the fermentation lock.
It has now been a week since I brewed. What should I do?! :'(
PS - The 'beer' taste great already! Lots of ginger but obviously, still very sweet.
Thank you for any advice!