Originally Posted by Nummey
For my 4th brew, I brewed up a batch of Brewers Best Summer ale this past weekend on 6/8. I'd like to take it camping with me in 5 weeks so I'm wondering....should I ferment for 3 weeks (my norm) and bottle condition for 2 weeks or should I ferment in primary for 2 weeks then bottle condition for 3 weeks? What are the pros and cons? My OG reading after brewing was 1.044 and it's fermenting around 70-72.
For a 1.044 beer, it probably doesn't need more than 10-14 days in the fermenter at most. It should be done in 3-5 days, then give it another 5 days or so to clear, and then cold crash it if you can. Bottle, then let it carb up and condition for 3 weeks.