I recently picked up the Sierra Madre Pale Ale Recipe Kit from Northern Brewer and brewed it this past weekend. I followed the recipe as best I could using the Basic Starter Kit. Now that my beer is fermenting, I have a couple questions.
Followed the instructions for the boil and ended up with the given OG of 1.052. After the boil I got the wort cooled down quickly to 100 degrees using an ice bath. It took me a bit longer to get it down for pitching the yeast, but I eventually pitched the yeast when the wort was at 74 degrees. Within 24 hours the airlock was bubbling quite well (once every 7 seconds), the next day was about the same, and at around 60 hours it had slowed down a bit but still bubbling about every 15 seconds. Now today at about 3 and a half days into fermentation it has basically stopped. This whole time the fermenter has been sitting at an ambient temperature of 65 degrees.
For this type of beer how important is the secondary fermenter? I don’t currently have one but have enjoyed the process and figure I will buy one eventually. Should I just go pick one up for this batch right away?
When will I know exactly to transfer it to the secondary fermenter?
Since I have the Basic Starter Kit, I can’t see the foam in the fermenter, would it be alright to open and check or should I just wait it out?
I know they are basic questions, but thanks for any answers and if you need more information just let me know.