So I've owed you all an update for over a year now. Sorry about that. My first beer turned out well, tasted just a bit hoppier than a Newcastle ale. It was very good. I did make a big mistake (apparently) when adding the bottling sugar. I guess it was too cold as I had to do it in the garage on a cold day (out of my control) and did not heat the sugar in water. The brew was barely carbonated. But hey, it was my first brew and I still enjoyed it
I finally got around to brewing another beer which will be an American Pale Ale. Just popped it in the secondary fermenter today. Before you say "Don't use a secondary fermenter for ale!" I know that. But I like trying new things and I'll be the one drinking it so I can do what I want. Ha. Had to mention that because I was just reading some posts where other brewers were really jumping on a guy for using a secondary fermenter for an ale, and while help and advice is much appreciated, we all should brew as we please.
So, I wasn't getting bubbles from the airlock between 5 minutes so I decided to rack it. I popped the top of the primary and it had some krausen still on the tip, albeit a small amount. I racked it anyways though on my next batch (I'm thinking I may start another APA this weekend), O will wait longer. Especially if it comes close to the high 1.068 OG that this brew had. It's down to 1.015 today which is more alcohol than I wanted, but that's ok.
Thanks to all the supportive members of this forum. I'm learning a lot and enjoying it immensely!