Originally Posted by bkaqm6
So I brewed my first batch on Sunday (IPA kit from local brewstore). Woke up Monday morning to see my 6 gallon carboy and airlock overflowing with foam. Switched to a blow-off tube. Yesterday afternoon(Tuesday) fermentation dropped off dramatically. Put an airlock on today, and it bubbles about every 15-20 seconds now. Checked the SG and it is at 1.020 with the recipe calling for 1.017. Beer is pretty cloudy, and doesn't really taste that great. It calls for secondary fermentation, but I would like to have it bottled and ready to drink next weekend. Wanted your opinion on bottling? Would it be ok to bottle on Saturday, if not before since it appears as though fermentation is about done. Thanks!
Having it ready by next weekend is probably not going to happen. I would recommend giving it atleast two weeks in the primary to allow the yeasty beasties to clean up after themselves, i usualy leave my beers in the primary for 4-6 weeks. then if you want o secondary, possibly dry hop since it is an IPA, i would give it a week in secondary to clear up a little bit.
then once you bottle you will want to give it 2-3 weeks to properly carb up and to bottle condition. IPAs are good young, but two weeks boil to bottle is about 4 weeks to fast.
If you want a quick brew look at some of the pale ale recipes on this site, maybe the centennial blonde recipe. get another one going, it will help you be patient.
all that being said it wouldn't hurt to have a bottle after one week in the bottle, two weeks, and three weeks. that way you will get a feel for how the beer changes over time in the bottle.