Originally Posted by Chairman Cheyco
Congratulations, it's a beer! Chances are that the violent part of the fermantation is finished, it can happen that fast. Take a peek in there, you should see a bunch of gunk floating around and evidence that it was much higher up the sides at one point. Give it a few more days and rack to secondary. You can take a gravity reading if you want but you're probably fine.
Thanks. After reading your reply I opened up my fermenter and it was just as you said. Foam/gunk on top (krausen?) sort of like a nasty brown head and a cascade or gunk residue higher on the sides. I took a whiff and it smells like beer, very unlike when I first placed it into the bucket. I can smell the hops and it actually smells drinkable.
I won't have time to rack it until the weekend but I'm sure another 6 days won't hurt. I would think it may be better (?).
Thanks, the excitement is back!