There has been a change of plans in regards to primary fermentation of my Yorkshire brown ale. After doing a fair amount of reading and research online, I have decided to leave my ale in the primary for an additional week. Originally, I had planned on a week in the primary, followed by two in the secondary, but now, I intend to reverse those.
Apparently, another week in the primary will help to ensure that my yeast can fully do their jobs, and should help reduce any off flavors in the finished beer. From what I understand, the secondary is really more about clarity and conditioning than actual fermentation and flavor. That being said, I don't want to sacrifice clarity, so I may end up just adding a week to the total process (two weeks primary plus two weeks secondary).
I can't wait to see how this batch turns out - but I want to make sure that it's the best beer that it can be. I won't rush things and end up compromising my final beer. I've waited long enough to get started in homebrewing; another week won't kill me.
Tags for this post: change, primary, secondary, fermentation, clarity, flavor