I'm in the middle of brewing my first batch and I seem to be stalled at 1.020 specific gravity. The temperature has been consistently between 68-70 degrees. I've followed all instructions, including sterilizing everything.
I bought the TrueBrue Amber kit. The included instructions state that "generally you will be able to bottle one week after beginning fermentation." Well, it's been fermenting for 6 days. The airlock bubbles have been stopped for almost 3 days and I have been checking the specific gravity regularly, and it's been consistent at 1.020
When I bought the kit, the salesperson said to follow the instructions exactly, but I'm confused as to when I should rack to my secondary.
Tomorrow evening marks the 7th day of fermenting, so according to instructions, I need to rack tomorrow night. I'm willing to bet that my specific gravity will still be at 1.020 on the 7th day. My instructions state that I should bottle right after racking.
People have told me that I shouldn't rack until I have the specific gravity that are specified in my kit instructions (Final Gravity 1.010-1.012)
I have been told the following by some home brewers I know:
1. add a little simple sugar to lower my SG
2. raise the temperature a little to speed up fermentation again.
3. and don't let beer ferment too long or you will get off flavors from sitting on protein for too long.
All of this advice is not in my instructions and seems a little contradictory, so I'm totally confused now.
As a newbie, what should I do? Rack at 1.020 or continue to let it sit in my primary until specific gravity lowers to 1.010-1.012.