Originally Posted by amcclai7
I brewed an RIS on march 9th. I have not switched it over to a secondary yet and don't plan to. My question is this. Should I go ahead and bottle and just let it age in the bottles for 6 months? or should I let it go for another month and then bottle. Regardless, I am not going to do a secondary.
Larger beers I will check after four weeks in the fermentor to see if they are ready for bottling. I'll go by taste and clarity.
Taste is sort of subjective because it is green beer. I'll try to get a sense of blending or if some part is overpowering. If I think one ingredient is overpowering I check again in one more week.
To check clarity, with dark beers, I put part of the hydrometer sample in a zip lock bag. Hydrometer test tube is usually to large in diameter to get good light through. If there are floating particles I'll check again in one more week.
Quite often it's four weeks after fermentation ends that I bottle.