I brewed a nut brown ale last Saturday (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f67/nut-brown-ag-30187/
), my OG was ~1.052 compared to the goal 1.054 which was fine and dandy.
I pitched the 1 pkg of 11g of Nottingham yeast (just rehydrated, no starter) into the primary and saw bubbling and krausening Sunday and Monday. By Tuesday it had settled. I've been swamp cooling from my 70 deg F apt to get it somewhere between 60-67 deg throughout the week (ferm chamber is in the plans, but not here yet).
I transferred to secondary today, 7 days later and measured with my hydrometer and got around 1.018 (higher than the finishing goal 1.012). There was a pretty solid yeast cake on the bottom of the carboy.
This was my first solo brew and I'm using it as a learning experience. Can anyone provide any suggestions for future better practices?
I don't expect much more fermentation in the secondary, what will be the effects? Lower abv and a slightly sweeter brown ale?