Originally Posted by wwilson
Hi Mick, I am going to try your Much Better Amber Ale recipe and had a question or two. What temperature do you store it after boil? How long do you normally ferment, do you use a second ferment? I normally brew with Amber LME and do a primary ferment for 5-7 days on average, then move to a second ferment for an additional 7 days before bottling. Usually let it sit for 10 days after that before I try the beer. With that process work with your recipe? Or do you recommend longer periods?
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you but I have been at the hospital for the last 72 hours with my wife welcoming our second child. I usually let all of my beers go for 3-4 weeks in the primary and I don't use a secondary anymore unless I am adding dry hops. I have found for my brews the extra week in the primary gives better results for me with a cleaning tasting beer. I ferment in my basement which stays in the 66-68 F range.
I moved away from doing 7-10 day primaries and 7-10 day secondaries several years ago and found that the longer primary time gave the needed time for the yeast to clean up after themselves and also gave me the chance to cold crash the beer for a few days and get more yeast to drop out of suspension which is ideal for yeast washing.
Let me know if you have anymore questions. Good luck with your brew