Originally Posted by mallens20
Just brewed Brewers Best Holiday ale. How long do I leave it in my fermenter before transferring to my bottling bucket?
Also how can I keep from getting to much sediment in my bottles when bottling? Filtering??
Leave it in the fermentor until you get two to three specific gravity readings with your hydrometer that are the same.
The amount of time has many variables. Foremost would be the amount of yeast you pitched and the temperature of the fermenting wort. High temperatures a fast ferment, but off flavors. Temps in the low 60°s moderate rate of fermentation.
With an average gravity ale I wait at least two weeks before considering the first SG test.
I ferment in glass carboys which are air tight so the airlock can be used as an indicator of active fermentation. After three days with no air lock activity I will take my first sample. A couple days later another sample. If they are exactly the same I will consider fermentation complete. A few more days for the yeast to clean up natural off flavors of fermentation and I will be ready to bottle. Bottling is when I have the time. May be immediately or after another week. Extra time in the primary is not detrimental to the beer.
The easiest way to keep sediment and large amounts of yeast out of the bottling bucket is to start your siphon tube high in the fermentor. As the level of beer decreases gradually move the siphon downward to avoid sucking air which could cause some oxidation.