Hello all, I brewed my 2nd batch ever - Irish Draught Ale about 6 weeks back and I am curious about something.
My OG was 1044 when I put it into the fermenter - so that was good, close enough to 1045. I noticed that the krausen dropped and then bubbled once a minute in a couple of days (assume that is ok). I took another hydrometer reading 9 days later and it was at 1010 - I then put it into the 2nd stage fermenter.
I let it sit there for 20 days and then was ready to bottle. I took another hydrometer reading for the heck of it and it was up to 1020. I am confused by that - is it normal for the reading to go up?
Also, I know that the kits say what your OG should be when you move it to the 1st fermenter, but what should the gravity be at the end? Is there a set value or not?
What do you do if your OG or later gravity readings are too high or too low?
Sorry about all the questions, but I am really getting addicted to the idea of homebrewing and have a feeling that I am really going to go crazy with this soon.