Originally Posted by Brewnoob1
More time in the primary will just benefit the beer. Plus, if it gets colder, it will act like a little bit of a cold crash to help clear. You're better off leaving to primary for the extra week and then bottling than bottling earlier. The extra time in primary may also decrease the time it takes to mature and be really good to drink. It should be no problem to be ready by late Jan to drink. Just my .02
Okay well that sounds good. I should allow it to warm before transferring to the priming bucket, throwing in the sugar and bottling though, correct?
Clarity would definitely be nice. Each time I've taken a reading it's been SUPER cloudy. But that could also be because I had to move the bucket a few feet to take the reading, probably shaking up the sediment. My primary bucket has a spigot with a right-angle tube on the inside that seems to almost dip into the sediment, which seems really odd to me... but I really don't know enough about how it all works yet to know why that's a good design. It seems like it would just suck up and spit out the sediment, but I guess not - I just don't like how cloudy the readings have been and kind of blah tasting. Anyway...