Full disclosure, I'm a noob. I brewed an English Pale Ale as my first batch two weeks ago. I bottled after 8 days, which I justified because my SG readings were constant at 1.010 for 3 consecutive days. Its carbed and tastes decent today but is cloudy as
I did a mini-mash oatmeal stout this weekend and its vigorously fermenting. I read through all 32 pages of the below thread and have concluded that Ill let the stout sit in primary for a month or so.
However, Im wondering, if Im going to let it sit in primary for 4 weeks, do I really need to peek in there at all to take SG readings before Im ready to bottle? It seems to me like, unless fermentation gets stuck for some reason, it will definitely be done in 4 weeks so why bother stirring up the CO2 blanket and introduce O2. Even so, if I open it after a month to bottle and find that my FG is questionable, then I can deal with the stuck fermentation at that point.
Proponents of the long primary fermentation, please weigh in.