Hey everyone. I'm new to the forum and new to homebrewing, currently making an IPA from a kit just so I can get used to the process.
I spent some time reading around this forum and I noticed that the general concensus is that a secondary fermenter is not necessary for ales unless you are adding fruit or dry hopping. I saw multiple people say that the general rule of thumb if you choose to not use the secondary is to let it sit 2 weeks in the primary.
So this has been sitting in my closet for around 5 days now. The bubbling has slowed significantly, so it is almost done. My question is, what additional benefit would I get for letting it sit the extra week? It is still very cloudy and has a lot of particles because I did not strain it before putting it in the carboy, but it doesn't seem like it is going to settle out a whole lot more.
Here's an image for reference...there is some hop residue stuck on top but I don't think that would get in my beer if I siphon the liquid.