hello all, please bear with me here this is my first brew. i brewed this batch of irish red ale on sunday, almost exactly to recipe instructions with the extract kit (timing was perfect, added a few other spices to the initial specialty grain steep) cooled the wort in an ice bath within 15 minutes. added the cooled wort to my primary 6 gal carboy ( with 2.5 gallons of cool water) being especially careful about sanitizing, used hand sanitizer on my hands and everything for this. also i didnt pitch the yeast, i think thats what its called, i just carefully dumped the dry yeast in after aerating for a few minutes... oh yeah confirmed with the thermometer that the aerated wort was at 78 degrees when i added the yeast. from this point i let the primary fermentor sit in place with a black t shirt over it to keep the light out. about two hours later, maybe 8 pm on sunday, the temp was slowly dropping (starting temp about 78, slowly dropped to about 62 now[dry yeast with my kit says 57-70 degrees]) and the beer storm began...lol. fermentation began slowly, by monday morning when i awoke, about 12 hours after adding yeast, the whole thing was going crazy, the krausen foam or whatever was about 2 inches high and looking close at the liquid everything was moving around like crazy, like a waterfall was falling into the liquid. all day monday my airlock was steadily pumping out co2 and the foam was staying at 2- 3 inches at the top. last night when i went to bed still rapid fermentation going on, and also this morning when i went to work. so i get home now (about 48 hours after adding yeast) and the krausen has dropped back into the beer, the activity i saw yesterday has ceased, all the sediment is back on the bottom and the airlock is maybe releasing a bubble every half hour or so...only noticed it once really..so my recipe says 1-2 weeks primary...but also says when the foam drops back into the beer, its ready to rack into the secondary...so my question is this: is it possible that my primary is complete after only 48 hours? and depending on that will it be alright waiting til this weekend to rack to the secondary, or should that be done sooner? any advice or thoughts are much appreciated. thanks.
P1: Midnight Wheat 2
S1: Belgian Pale Ale
Bottle: Midnight Wheat, Humble Rye 2, Washington Wit, Humble Rye, Old Red
Mini Keg: Midnight Wheat, Humble Rye 2
Unbrewed: Belgian Tripel