I brewed up a cream ale from 7 lbs extract and some hops, finished putting in the primary Friday Jan 2, at midnight.
OG: 1.04 (a bit lower than wanted)
Just now, tuesday, 13:30 pm, SG: 1.008
Ready for secondary tomorrow.
Still a couple of floaters on it which hopefuly sink overnight.
The smell is so sweet. Almost want to dive in for a swim with all my friendly yeasties.
I'd leave it in the primary for at least a week more. Let the yeast clean up the fermentation by-products. Don't be in too big a hurry.
I keep the room temperature 68-71F
My primary is like a large plastic bucket with a snap on lid. Not air tight, no air lock.
Do you think this primary is ok to last a week before transferring to secondary which is sealed with an airlock?
i'd leave it... if i wasn't down to 4 bottles of my last brew, I'd have waited a little longer. I popped the top to my fermenter and could still see some action happening after 2 weeks in the primary.
I use a typical ale pail, but I tape up the joint between the top and the bucket with tyvek tape to ensure that it's a full air-tight seal.
Primary: Belgian wit
Bottle Conditioning: DFH 60min IPA
Thanks. I'll give it a try longer in the primary and seal it up.