Originally Posted by blackswan
My beginning gravity was 1.050 so if I take a reading and its at the final gravity by the instructions (1.012-1.0140) I'm good? Or take a reading a few days in a row?
At that point I should transfer to the secondary and about how long would you recommend before bottling?
What's the best temperature during fermenting? I think I've been having a tough time getting there in the winter of Massachusetts.
I'd take a couple of readings a couple days apart. The FG listed in the recipe is merely a guesstimate.
When fermentation is done, you can rack to the secondary, let it clear for a week or two, then bottle. A lot of us don't secondary, however, and just let the brew sit in the primary for 3-4 weeks, then bottle.
Temperature depends on the yeast and style, but generally speaking, you'll do alright at around 62-65 degrees. If you know what kind of yeast you've got, you can check on the manufacturer's website to see what they suggest. Too warm and you can end up with off flavors, too cool and your yeast can drop out too quickly.