this is good to know, i think id like to keep most of my beers ion the primary for 10-14 days (instead of 7). what would you consider to be high OG levels and should use a secondary and/or cold crashing?
I leave my beers in primary for 3-4 weeks. The beer is nice and clear by then and the yeast cake compacked good so it makes it easier to rack to bottling bucket without stirring up the trub.
Primary 1: Winter Warmer
Primary 2: empty
German Altbier: Primary: 4/12/13 Bottled 7/7/13....life has a way of getting in the way.
Bottled: Hope & King Scotch Ale, Belgian Dubbel, Irish Red, NB Cream Ale
I used to rack to secondary on every brew. Then tried no secondary. No secondary is what I do now unless dry hopping or oak. Your experience may vary, but 3 weeks in primary then keg or bottle and I've not noticed ill effects.