My bitter has been fermenting for 9 days now and I think it's time to bottle? Temp is fine and gravity is 1.006 for 3 days running,just in the bottling mark. No activity now, just a small amount of froth for the last 3 days.enter image description here

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Yes. It's at a stable gravity that's a reasonable terminal gravity for that style (1.006 is a little dry for a bitter, but just a little). The krausen has fallen back into the beer, which is why there's just "a little froth" and "a small head". It's bottling time.

  • Gonna wack this in me barell asap 👍 Mar 7, 2015 at 14:06
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    Barrel? I thought this was about bottling.
    – Pepi
    Mar 8, 2015 at 3:04

not as experienced as other HBs (2 brews completed, 1 fermenting), but sounds likes its ready to bottle.

Personally I would bottle it.

following the directions for adding priming sugar....etc...etc

  • Says should be ok after 4-6 days. It's my first brew so I hope it doesn't explode 😢. Gonna go ahead and barrel it I think. Has yours ever had a small head near bottling? ? Mar 7, 2015 at 12:55
  • yes, so far both had no real head at bottling, one left in primary for 2.5 weeks (stout), second was racked to secondary for 2 weeks (red ale). Mine looked very similar to your picture.... having a head at bottling should not matter, from what i can tell.
    – jsolarski
    Mar 7, 2015 at 14:05
  • Coming out of primary fermentation, beer has something like 0.8-0.9 volumes of CO₂ dissolved. This is enough for a very small "head"; carbonation ranges from maybe just-below-2.0 for english bitters, to the low-/mid-2.0's for most styles to 3.0 for highly-carbonated styles.
    – jsled
    Mar 8, 2015 at 22:23

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