Originally Posted by lukem
Ok I took a reading using the hydrometer, I kinda of feel dumb it took me awhile to realize how to read it
It says 1.012. This one has colours for when to bottle things and the beer is yellow that sits around1.000-1.008 then its black colour till 1.012.
Oh well I do not know, I tasted it and it actually tasted OK (disregarding that it has to be carbonated etc).
I can't bottle it till Saturday anyway, will it still be ok just sitting in the fermenter?
Ignore the colored bands on the hydrometer, they are useless. 1.012 is most likely 'done'. The proper final gravity is your starting gravity times the yeast's % attenuation, which is usually around 75% but depends on the yeast.
Beer is ok sitting in a primary fermenter for up to a month, won't hurt it at all. After that sitting on the yeast cake can cause some off flavors as the yeast start to die off and break down. Most people move it to a secondary fermenter for 1-2 weeks after it's done fermenting, to allow yeast/grains/hops to settle out and clear the beer. If you don't have a secondary fermenter you can just leave it in the primary for 3 weeks to clear and then carefully get it off the yeast. Or you can temporarily transfer it to a bucket or stock pot if you have one, clean the fermenter, and stick it back in there. Or you can just go ahead and bottle it and drink it cloudy, doesn't really hurt anything