EDIT: Sorry I meant to post this in the Beginner's Forum. If any Mods see this could you move it - Thanks
I opened my Ale fermenter last night for the first time since brew day (11 days ago) to take a gravity reading. Airlock activity has slowed to approx 1 gurgle every 90 seconds. Below is a top down view of what I saw when I opened the lid. I wasn't expecting this foam and I thought it would have all fallen back into the liquid by now. It looks slightly green in the picture but it was a cream/brown colour. Is this normal 11 days into fermentation ?
Secondly, when I took a sample below it was pretty cloudy and had a few little yeasty bits floating around. Reading Palmer I was expecting most of this to have settled by now and the beer to be clearer. The beer didn't taste too bad, quite bitter and what seemed like faint carbonation. When I dumped the sample there was a thin layer of sediment on the bottom of the glass. The gravity reading was 1.011. The instructions on my hydrometer say "don't bottle until it reaches 1.006 or the bottles WILL
explode". Having looked up Palmer this seems to be nonsense as the FG for his Pale Ale is 1.010 - 1.015. Is this much cloudiness normal at this stage ? Does it suggest I should hold off on bottling ? Plan was for this Sunday at 15 days.