I am making an ale. The starting gravity was 1.052 (On 10/9) and potential alcohol of 7%. It is 10/20 and the gravity is 1.024 potential alcohol of 5%. I am kind of new to this and am worried that I did something wrong. It only fermented strong for about 30 hours and the then died off very quick. Any Suggestions?
sounds like you have a stuck ferment. Identifying what may have gone wrong is probably easier than trying to make it ferment more. To get a few more points out of it, you might be able to rouse the yeast by swirling the fermentor and/or warming it up if it got too cold.
To figure out why it got stuck, the following questions are applicable:
What yeast did you use, how much did you pitch, did you oxygenate your wort, and what temp did you ferment at?