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Old 08-24-2012, 01:48 AM   #1
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I have just been presented with an opportunity to brew all the beer for my wedding in October. If I started Brewing next week and got everything into fermentation by Friday I would have exactly 7 weeks for fermentation, bottle carbonation and aging. Is this enough time for several normal SG beers (1.04-1.06) to mature and be "good" beer for my guests to drink? I am thinking brown porter or brown ale, ESB and IPA for the styles.

I am really excited about the though of brewing my own wedding beer and thought it wouldn't be an option. I would love to do this but I want it done right. Any thoughts?

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Old 08-24-2012, 01:56 AM   #2
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IMHO, 7 weeks is plenty to have good beer ready for your guests. 3 weeks primary, 3 weeks bottle just to make sure it's properly conditioned leaves you with a week to spare. Or 2 weeks primary, 2 weeks secondary, 3 weeks bottle. Either way you'd be good. I say go for it. Congrats on your impending marriage. Cheers!

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Old 08-24-2012, 02:06 AM   #3
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How many is "several"...???

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My bad...didn't read your whole post.

Do you have the equipment and time to brew 4 batches in quick succession?

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You have plenty of time, but I'd be cautious if you haven't brewed before. Lots of people put a lot of pressure on everything going right on this one day.

Find someone in your area that has lots of experience brewing and ask them to help. If you are new to brewing, your best bet to have good beer for the wedding would be to get help. I'd also suggest that you provide some commercial beer as well, since not all of your guests will be likely be as adventurous as we'd all hope.

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If you're planning to do them one after another, I don't think you've got enough time. If you've got the fermenter space to brew them simultaneously, you've got more than enough time. They may not hit their sweet spot in time, but as long as you're pitching right and controlling fermentation temp, they should be fine.

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Forgot to say--congratulations on your upcoming wedding.

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7 weeks is definitely plenty of time for those styles. have fun, brew away, and get ready for the big day

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Congatulations! May you have a long and happy marriage. If it was me, I would need 5 or 6 months to get enough beer brewed and ready for a wedding being that I am of mostly Irish decent. now seriously, 7 weeks should be enough time to get a good amount of quality beer brewed and bottled or kegged to serve at your wedding reception.

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Do you know anyone who kegs? It would be much easier to keg the beer and serve it that way. Not a big deal to bottle....just a little bit more time consuming. Congrats!!

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