I just brewed my first kit about a week ago, a brewers best RIS, the O.G. was approximatly 1.074. For some of the more heavy beers, i've seen that some kits recommend 6-12 months before drinking. The things that i was curious about were:
Is there's any benefit to leaving the beer in the primary once final gravity has stabilized?
Is there any benefit to leaving the beer in the secondary for several months as opposed to, say, leaving it in the secondary for a month and the bottling, leaving it in the bottles for another couple months?
My plans were to leave the beer in the primary for two weeks (assuming that the FG has stabilized), rack to secondary for another 1-1/2 - 2 months and then bottle and let it mature for a while longer. Does anybody have any thoughts on this timeline? I was also curious, when pitching yeast right before bottling to ensure carbonation, does the yeast have to be the same as the one you brewed with? Sorry for multitude of question, there's so many things to learn.