I am new to the forum and am just getting back into home brewing after about 10 years.
I am starting out with a 1-gallon Brooklyn Brew Shop "Everyday IPA" kit:
Yeah, yeah, I'm not brewing 5-gallons like the big boys anymore but I don't have the space (not yet, anyway).
This was my first grain mash and I think it went well. The instructions indicate a 2-week primary and bottle priming. I have read some people recommend "cold crashing" the primary (refrigerating it) prior to bottling in order to improve clarity. I have also read that the recommended 2-weeks is just to allow for time for settling after most of the fermentation has taken place.
Assuming cold-crashing is actually useful, could the 2-week primary include a few days of cold-crashing at the end to enhance clarifying, or would that potentially cut into completing the fermentation or affect bottle priming? I know that generally longer is better when coming to brewing quality, but I am also trying to balance that with a reasonable production rate (per the recipe I am looking at ~ten 12 oz. beers per fortnight). Thoughts on how I might improve quality without extending the batch time would be welcome.