The instructions for Northern Brewer's kits say that all their recipes allow for two weeks in the primary, two weeks for bottling, with the remaining "ready time" being the amount of time the beer should stay in the secondary fermenter. Is that accurate? By that logic, the six month ready time for my barleywine would mean it has to stay in the secondary fermenter for five months? It would also means two months in the secondary fermenter for my double IPA, but two months in the secondary fermenter can't be good for the dry hopping.
Does this sound right, or can I bottle after two weeks in secondary and allow the rest of the time for bottle conditioning? I only have one secondary fermenter, so I'll be bummed if I have to wait until October to brew my next batch (a kit which I have already purchased).