So I'm about 36 hours after yeast pitch of my 2nd ever batch. I think this one will be good as I hit everything on the mark this time and instilled some tips for steeping the grains I saw on here. Compared to my 1st batch the fermentation seems much more active bases on the activity in the airlock. Keeping it wrapped end in a bath towel an my temp is showing about 72-74,
My question is I'm going to rack to a 6.5 gal carboy and dry hop with another oz of the Falconers flight hops. The instructions say in 4-6 days. However other people say 7-10 days but before fermentation is complete. I don't want to open the bucket this time as I want this to turn out good. How can I tell when the right time to rack this is?
Personally, I wouldn't rack it at all. I would leave it in the primary for 14 days or so. Then I would open the lid, dump in your dry hops, close it back up and let it set another 5-7 days. Then move to bottling bucket and bottle.
The age old argument about racking to a secondary or not is really personal preference. The majority of the commercials dump the trub during ferment (basically the same effect as racking to primary). The main reason not to Is the risk of infection or oxidation.