Hi, all. First-time brewer here.
I got a 5 gallon BIAB kit with the Amber Ale recipe. I got it boiled and in the fermenter on Sunday (1/7) afternoon. I had pretty significant (to me, anyways) bubbles out of the airlock on Monday (1/8) until Wednesday (1/9) morning. Since then, I’ve seen little or no bubbling, which from what I’ve read on here and in the instructions, can be expected.
My question is this: If I wanted to do a secondary fermenter, when would I do it, and why? I’ve seen some mixed comments on here about the benefits (mainly surrounding clearing the settled yeast and grains) and necessity (not unanimous, it seems) of doing it in the first place.
If I were to do it, when would I do it? Would I wait until I would otherwise be ready to bottle? And if so, how long should I leave it in the secondary? I’m assuming that if I were to do it, I’d be able to do it in the plastic pail that is usually used for bottling.
I know that’s a lot of questions…just looking for some input from more experienced (hard to be less experienced than I am!) home brewers. Thanks in advance.