« on: November 27, 2015, 07:41:03 AM »
I figure 3 weeks minimum for bottle conditioning. You'll probably get some carbonation before that, but 3 weeks seems to be when the flavors come together. It will be hard to wait, since it's your first batch. The trick is to start another one right away!The best way to know fermentation is complete is to take specific gravity readings several days a part. Fermentation is complete if the SG does not change in that time and you are with a couple of gravity points of the recipe's predicted finish gravity.
That being said its a good idea not to rush. I usually wait 2 weeks before kegging. With experience many brewers will go faster. They have a feel for when a beer is truly done fermenting and cleaning up afterwards.
Thank you! This will be a helpful guideline to determine when to bottle; this leads me to wonder though, once bottled, what would you say is a sufficient length of time to bottle condition?