Hey all, new to home brew and making my first batch of an English ale. It's a malt extract kit and all has gone to plan so far. Fermentation kicked in after 24hrs as expected, but seemed to all be over 36 to 48hrs later, well airlock had stopped bubbling. I appreciate from reading lots of other threads that a non-bubbling airlock does not mean fermentation has stopped, so opened my bucket lid and took a sample. OG was 1040, now it is reading 1014, so it's consumed 65% of the available sugars I believe. However I am not convinced it has finished fermenting, as some bubbles were still being generated. Apart from looking a little like sewage, it did smell like beer, but was not tempted to taste it. I have therefore decided to leave until the coming weekend to check the SG again. I pitched the yeast on Sunday lunchtime, so thought it best to leave for at least 6 to 7 days to finish its magic. Question: since I have opened the bucket and given it a very gentle stir, will it still be ok, or now that I have filled the bucket with oxygen, will it spoil before the weekend when I hope to bottle some and barrel the rest ? Any words of wisdom for a new brewer most welcome. Note: no issues with temperature.