I am very new to the brewing world and have just started my first batch of extra pale ale. I followed the directions very closely and came out with an original gravity of 1.056 while the kit mentions an expected OG of 1.045. Will this be ok? Will one Wyeast pack be suffice or should I look into starters? Should I have added more water to lower the SG or just let it be?
After reading quite a few posts about secondary fermentation it sounds like it really isn’t necessary. I have a carboy along with a bucket, which i’m using as my primary. Should I risk the exposure and siphon to the secondary, or just leave it in the bucket longer and start a new brew with the carboy in a couple weeks?
Last question…What exactly does dry hopping do? Will this give the brew a little more bite or bitterness during secondary fermentation? Can you do this when only using the primary fermentation bucket or should you transfer to a secondary carboy?
I know I am probably getting ahead of myself with some of these questions for my first few batches but knowledge is power right?
Any help will be greatly appreciated!