Hi there, I'll try and list things and keep it simple.
Basically, I have a few questions about
Silt on top.
background on the brewing process:
Irish Red Ale extract kit. I did a 3.5 to 4 gallon boil following the directions for time. Upon completion of boiling, I cooled the wort with sterilized cover on, some ice in the wort, and the kettle in an icewater bath. After cooling to 80F, transferred to primary and added dry yeast directly without 'preparing' (my "assistant" did that without me knowing). Stored the fermenter in stairs closet, which is the coolest part of my house as I live in South Florida. I tried to keep A/C at around 75F. This was complete by 10PM on Mon the 16th.
The next morning I saw airlock activity and when I returned from work there were bubbles every few second. By 9 or 10pm that night, no visible airlock activity. 3 days later, I took a quick peek and saw white bubbles with brownish sediment mixed on top. When I viewed airlock bubbles, the temp on thermometer was 79-80. After airlock activity stopped, it dropped to room temp 975F).
I took the first gravity reading tonight. It has been 9 days since the boil.
What I observed:
Foam had disappeared, small floaters of brownish silt on top and a large ring around the outside aprox. 3/4 thick at most. I didn't see any fungul looking activity. I took a sample of the silt with edge of thief and it was very thick and like a paste but didnt have too much of a foul smell if any. I measured the gravity coming out as 1.014 @ 75F. The starting gravity was 1.043 (@ 80F)
According to the kit, SG range is 1.042 - 1.046; FG 1.010 - 1.012
To keep it simple, does this silt on the top sound normal?
I will measure gravity tomorrow. If it doesnt change, should I pitch some more yeast or add some sugar?
Also, I dont have a secondary, so how long should I leave in the primary.
Thanks for the help and bear with me as I'm obviously new.