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Old 07-25-2007, 06:59 PM   #1
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I just finished an American Wheat beer last night using WLP001 to compliment my Hefe (WLP300) for a party August 11th. I'm pretty sure the Hefe will be done (brewed on the 22nd) but I question if the American Wheat will be. Does WLP001 require more time to ferment then the Hefe yeast?

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2 weeks for a hefe...are you kegging or bottling? if you didn't transfer to secondary, it should be fine after 10 days or so. take a reading. let it go as long as you can. if you're kegging, you can force carbonate it by rolling it, but i would let it sit for a while if you can.

i personally brewed a german hefe on the 22nd and it will be ready on the 5th. i'm kegging after 10 days and letting it carb for four. i would prefer more time, but it will still work!

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2 weeks for a hefe...are you kegging or bottling? if you didn't transfer to secondary, it should be fine after 10 days or so. take a reading. let it go as long as you can. if you're kegging, you can force carbonate it by rolling it, but i would let it sit for a while if you can.

i personally brewed a german hefe on the 22nd and it will be ready on the 5th. i'm kegging after 10 days and letting it carb for four. i would prefer more time, but it will still work!
I expect to keg the hefe on the 5th or 6th of August and really not too concerned about it being done and speed carbonating at 40psi is always an option if my time starts to run out. But I'm not sure if the American Wheat will be done or if it will taste green?
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I'm planning on brewing 2 HWs this weekend for Labor Day parties.

10 days in the primary and 20 days in the keg.

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I'm planning on brewing 2 HWs this weekend for Labor Day parties.

10 days in the primary and 20 days in the keg.
Good time scheduling and planning always helps reduce your worry on bringing green beers to parties. Really wish I started earlier. I guess I can just wait to see if the American Wheat is good enough to bring with the Hefe.
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yeah, you may have to force-carb if you want it done in time.

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yeah, you may have to force-carb if you want it done in time.
I plan it so it has time to age and mellow a bit.

One of my last kegs was tapped and killed (in 1 sitting) exactly 1 month from brew date.

Carb is another matter altogether...
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yeah, well...i don't have time! i would prefer to let mine sit in keg at least two weeks, but oh wellz

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