My finish hydrometer reads just a hair over 1.000 with cool tap water. I was hoping it was off........but I have also been brewing quite a few back to back batches and have never had this happen.
I just took another reading as I figured I may as well since I was testing the hydrometer and it's still cold but still around the 1.020. I also tried to not go so deep with my wine thief thinking I may have picked up a bit of yeast previously, so I went down about a third of the way this time.
The recipe is the NB Irish red 3 gallon biab . I used the Nottingham ale yeast, and did pitch a second package on 10-5 because I saw so little reaction on the first pitch on 10-1. First pitch I tried hydrating the yeast per instructions , and honestly did not see any creamy/ frothy activity. Second packet I just sprinkled in from the pack. Always saw a very small level of activity. On the first pitch it appeared from the ring around the carboy that there may have been a 1/4 inch of krausen on top at some point, but I missed it as the next day it was gone.
I am starting to feel I have enough effort into this small batch .......I hit the OG so I thought it must not have been too far off regarding the recipe.
I'm getting a bit irritated with this batch and I may dump it and brew again the same kit with different yeast ( should arrive this week), and see how that goes. I hate to give beer away that I don't feel good about. I suppose I could keg it and see how it tastes and looks and then bottle the next one for the neighbor. Then I would not be further aggravated by bottling and waiting 3 weeks for a lackluster batch.
I will taste what I have in the hydro flask now, is there any indicators / clues you guys would look for in the taste to aid in solving the puzzle?
It's a good learning experience anyway.