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Old 03-29-2008, 03:09 PM   #1
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I just want a nice, crisp American Ale. It'll be my first kegged beer and I'm wanting to drink it w/ some friends 3 weeks from the time Brew (I'm thinking 1 week in primary, 1.5 conditioning in carboy, .5 in keg). Gonna taste good?

Any recommendations for recipes? I saw Jamil's Recipe but I'm not too stoked about adding fruit syrup.

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If you want something that is ready to drink in 3 weeks it will need to be a bit lower in ABV. BierMuncher has a blonde recipe that sounds like something that would fit the bill. >> http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=42841

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If you want something that is ready to drink in 3 weeks it will need to be a bit lower in ABV. BierMuncher has a blonde recipe that sounds like something that would fit the bill. >> http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=42841

Looks good...4% doesn't bother me....What would be the highest I would want to go....5%?
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3 weeks is not a lot of time from grain to glass. I would go no higher than 5% but I think it would be pretty green.

Don't even secondary it, just cool it out before racking to a keg.

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3 weeks is not a lot of time from grain to glass. I would go no higher than 5% but I think it would be pretty green.

Don't even secondary it, just cool it out before racking to a keg.
"cool it out"?
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"cool it out"?
Yeah, crash cool it to drop sediment and yeast. It makes for a clearer transfer. I don't have a fridge but use an ice bath.
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Yeah, crash cool it to drop sediment and yeast. It makes for a clearer transfer. I don't have a fridge but use an ice bath.
Okay-- So let me make sure I'm getting all of this. You suggest Fermenting in the primary for 2 weeks or so. At the end of it drop the temp down to high 30's for 24-48 hours to drop the sentiment...then throw it in the keg, force carbonate, and put it in the fridge for a week to keg condition?
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Okay-- So let me make sure I'm getting all of this. You suggest Fermenting in the primary for 2 weeks or so. At the end of it drop the temp down to high 30's for 24-48 hours to drop the sentiment...then throw it in the keg, force carbonate, and put it in the fridge for a week to keg condition?
Yep, I always let my beers sit in primary for 2 weeks or more. The cooling will help a lot clearing it up.
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