Thanks a lot for all the suggestions guys! So your consensus seems to be to bottle after 4 weeks in the primary, and then bottle condition. Interesting, as this is longer in the primary than the recipe suggests, but way sooner to bottle than the recipe as well. So somewhere in the middle I suppose.
This article seems to indicate that bottle conditioning is not quite the same process as secondary fermenter conditioning: http://howtobrew.com/book/section-1/fermentation/secondary-fermentor-vs-bottle-conditioning
Could I leave it in the primary for 3 months to ensure good conditioning? Good to note is that my primary fermenter is a plastic bucket, not a fancy conical or anything, so leaving in the primary longer than 4 weeks might not be good?
But then the same author states that _"Racking from the primary may be done at any time after primary _
_fermentation has more-or-less completed. (Although if it has been more _
than 3 weeks, you may as well bottle.)" So he is kind of contradicting himself I guess?
This post by somebody talking about the Northy 12 states that he intends to leave it in the primary for 3 months, but not in a plastic bucket:
_As I write this and post it on December 3, 2015, the beer is finishing
up primary fermentation. Although the recipe calls for racking the beer
to a secondary, my experience has been that I can't tell a difference
in the beer when it's not racked to secondary, so I'm planning to leave
it in the primary for the full three months.
Update on 12/20/2015: The beer has been in a plastic fermenter (because
my stainless was busy) for about a month. Concerned about possible
autolysis and off-flavors from remaining so long in the plastic bucket, I
sanitized by Chapman SteelTank fermenter and transferred the beer to
there. I'm planning to let it condition in that fermenter until it's
ready to bottle._
Thanks a lot!