I have what is maybe a dumb noob question. I have not brewed my first batch yet (I ordered my equipment, but have not received it yet), but have some concerns about brewing up 5 gallons of beer. I have enough bottles, but I live in an apartment and have a small fridge. If I take up half of the fridge with bottles, my wife is going to have a fit.
So, my question is; can I bottle it all and then put half in the fridge (after the brew is allowed to carbonate), and then keep half in a cool, dark closet? Will this hurt the beer not put in the fridge? Or, would it be better to bottle half, and then put the other half in a 3 gal secondary fermenter and leave it alone until later?
Thanks for the help,