Originally Posted by RAKBREW
Thanks to all for the helpful hints........very new to this and still have alot to learn!
The waiting is the hardest part.........but I think I'll try bottling after 3 weeks, and let condition for 3 more weeks, then give it a taste!
I was naive and thinking same thing - ended up bottling my first batch after 10 days and drinking week later - it still was great beer!
for Cooper's kits, in my opinion, 2 weeks in primary is enough for most simple beers (like lager+brew enhancer1) if you ferment at 22-24C and everything goes smoothly, I have noticed that fermentation is 80% done in week, and letting it sit there for week more will clear beer and compact the yeast on the bottom. I hit 3 week mark in primary fermenter only once when I had rather heavy brew - OG 1.057 (still went down to 1.010 in week!) and did some dryhopping during second week.
Anyway, take gravity readings - if you have Cooper's kit - you can take it directly from tap - slowly pouring into test tube. Have a taste after reading.
If beer looks crisp clear and you get same reading 3 days in a row, you can bottle it.
Just dont panic, Coopers make nice beer kits, its really hard to mess those up!