I am planning on brewing my very first batch this coming up weekend based off a recipe a friend gave me for a great starter not sure where it came from but i tasted his and couldn’t put it down.
6lb gold LME for the fermentables
2 oz Special B, 8 oz caramel 80, 2 oz Roasted Malt for specialty grains
and 2 1 oz hop additions…1 at 60 minutes the other at 5
Everything i have been reading has me split on if i should let it ferment in the primary for 3-4 weeks and then just bottle…or 1 - 1 1/2 weeks in the primary then rack to a secondary.
Obviously i want to make a great first beer but im not trying for perfection. i want to get the basics down first. The only advantage i can see of using a secondary is clarity…but would leaving it in the primary result in any kind of off flavors that i should be worried about?