Generally you don't want the hops in the bucket more than a week until you know better as you risk some adding some grassy flavour. Some kits have a little teabag that you can fish out after 3-4 days and bin it then put the lid back on and let it finish. If they are loose then you can use a spider or a mesh bag and still give yourself clearing time. Or wait and add the hops 3-4 days before you are planning to bottle.When I started doing kits back in April I would bottle as soon as it was done. Now I have a decent stock I leave them in the bucket for a few weeks. I find the beer comes out far clearer when bottling. Some of my first brews that I have kept a bottle or two aside have a bit of a yeast cloud in them. The ones that I've left longer don't.
I also started a Wilko IPA kit today (the Aussie special edition) and am just wondering if someone can suggest whether I add the hops sachet after 4 days as the kit says or wait a bit longer. The 4 days stated in the kit is based on it being in the bucket for a week, if I leave the kit in the bucket for 2 or 3 weeks will this matter?
I did. It seemed easier to sanitise the hydrometer than try to sanitise something to scoop liquid out.Yeah it won't harm...just make sure you sanitise ANYTHING you put in your beer..a syringe/ turkey baster and sample jar make taking a reading a bit easier.
The stick on thermometer suggests 20c-ish. It's on the bench in the utility room, there's a radiator in there (and a dog at night) so it remains at a reasonable 18-22c range, I would guess.You can pick up a turkey baster and sample jar in wilko very cheap. What temp is the beer at?