Originally Posted by Jobe5217
I don't have the gravity tester and I am trying to figure out how much time to allow the beer to ferment. I have a primary and secondary fermenter and I was thinking of two weeks for each plus two weeks in the bottles to condition.
Would it be too short to do one week primary and two week secondary? How is the primary fermentation different from secondary? I had thought that the secondary was more of a "conditioning" time than actual fermenting. That makes me think that I should keep each stage at two weeks.
Any tips on fermenting time?
If you can't check gravity I would leave it in the primary for 3 weeks and not do a secondary, but I don't do a secondary for anything anyway. In your case you want to make sure it is completely fermented and the best way to do that is to leave it in the primary.
Your beer won't be completely conditioned in the bottle for at least 3 weeks, or at least according to the standard advice I've seen here.
The difference between a primary and secondary is that fermentation happens in the primary and then you can either allow it to continue to condition in the primary or transfer it to a secondary and allow it to condition there. The secondary is not a fermentation vessel. Some people call the secondary a "bright tank" as it is used to give the beer time to clear before bottling or kegging.