Doing my first batch of the irish red ale that came with the starter kit, pitched the yeast 3 days ago and yesterday the fermentation was very active (yeast floating around like crazy) and lots of foam on top, but today everthing has settled to the bottom and all the foam on top has fell down. Still getting CO2 bubbles around every 15-25 seconds, so I know that it is still fermenting; however, wondering how I will know when it is time to rack it into the secondary.
used the yeast that came with the kit (believe it was the Danstar Nottingham Ale yeast)
6 gallon glass carboy as my primary fermentor
I did shake the fermentor well before pitching the yeast, but did not shake it after
Pitched the yeast around 68-69 degrees and have kept it at 67-68 degrees for the last 3 days
I do have a spectrometer that came with the kit, however, not any experience in using one. Didn’t realize I was supposed to take a reading when starting the fermentation and I did not want to open it back up to avoid contamination . should I take a reading few days after the bubbles stop or if I should wait the full two weeks before racking into the secondary.
Any knowledge would be helpfull!! Thanks