Originally Posted by beauvafr
Some other questions I have :
- If I don't do the second phase, how many days after the fermentation has stopped should I wait before to bottle?
- Should I filter the beer before bottling (while transferring to second bucket for priming with sugar) ?
Is the single stage fermentation recommended with Belgian style beer?
Thanks in advance guys!
Give the beer at least a week or so in primary. When you think fermentation is done take a gravity reading with hydrometer for 3 consecutive days to make sure the gravity is stable before bottling. You may want to give the beer more time in primary to condition or clean up any off flavors. That part is a matter of opinion and only you can make the call there. Once you think the beer is done fermenting/aging you rack to a bottling bucket with priming sugar. No need to filter your beer if you waited long enough for the yeast to drop out. Secondary does not clear the beer any faster than primary.
Regardless of style you can and should do just a single stage fermentation (primary only).
There's a ton of reading on this subject on these forums and a lot of great information. Look around and do some reading.
Bottom line is you never have to do a secondary unless you really want to or if you're dumping your beer on fruit or something.