Originally Posted by jtsims21
Something to note the fermentation times they sugest will work but I (and others on here) have found better results using longer times. I generally for most average alcohal content ales use 4 days primary and 10 days secondary then a 30 day bottle or keg aging.
Just be patient the yeast know what they are doing.
I agree that the recipe times are usually very short.
However, I also think the times given above for primary and secondary are very short and the bottle conditioning is pretty long (not too long though). 14 days in primary and secondary is not enough time for the yeast to finish cleaning up.
I have had several brews that didn't even finish fermentation for more than a week. I don't think any of mine were done fermenting in just 4 days. I am now going 4 weeks in primary and then bottling, or, 2+ weeks in primary and 2+ weeks secondary. Then 2+ weeks bottle conditioning. Some were ready after 1 1/2 weeks in bottles and one took 2 1/2. I expect to do higher gravity beers that will take even longer.