Originally Posted by husker
Thanks for all the help! Is 3 weeks total in the fermenter before I bottle enough time?
Alot of guys will leave their brews in primary for at least a month. Personally, I'm not that patient, so I usually bottle after 2-3 weeks. For me it really depends on the gravity and the type of beer, though. I'll take a gravity reading around a week after I pitch just to see/taste how the beer is going. I take another reading around 10-14 days. If it's the same as my 7 day reading I'll give the yeast a few more days to clean up. Then, I confirm the terminal gravity and bottle. If the reading is significantly lower at 10-14 days, I'll give it around a week and check again periodically until it's petered out. As a beginner, though, these are just my .02.