I am going to brew my first extract batch Thursday or Saturday and I'm using a recipe from Extreme Brewing for a 60 minute IPA. The process steps say to ferment for a week or so (don't have the recipe in front of me right now) and then to let it ferment for 10-12 days before bottling. Is this 10-12 days a critical time period? More specifically, I'm wondering if I hurt the final product if I wait, say 16 or 17 days to bottle instead of the 10-12 days. What do you think? I'm going to be out of town and if the beer can't wait, I'll have to put the brewing off 'til I return.