Originally Posted by ERASMO
Thanks again for all the input.
Here is the section of the instructions -- just so you can see.
Two-Stage (Secondary) Fermentation
Brewers Best® recommends home brewers
employ the practice of a two-stage fermentation.
This will allow your fi nished beer to have
more clarity and an overall better, purer fl avor.
All you need is a 5-gallon carboy, drilled stopper,
airlock and siphon setup to transfer the
beer. You will also need to monitor and record
the SG with your hydrometer when the beer is
in the primary. When the fermentation slows
(5-7 days), but before it completes, simply
transfer the beer into the carboy and allow fermentation
to fi nish in the secondary. Leave
the beer for about two weeks and then proceed
to Bottling Day.
My first brew (which I did 5 weeks ago) was a Brewers Best. It was a holiday Ale, big beer.. OG of like 1.070. Although the instructions were pretty decent for the most part... I followed that section you just pointed out to a T. I racked 6 days in, left it site for about another 10 days then I bottled it.
Now from what Ive read on this site, I should have easily let it sit int he primary for 3-4 weeks, especially since its a big complex beer.
I've been trying my beer each week as its carbonating, and its not horrible by any means but its pretty sweet. I believe it could have fermented longer and aged... and it would have been better. But you live and learn!