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Old 01-07-2007, 03:04 PM   #1
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Just curious, what is everyone's definition of Green Beer for a typical Ale (smaller beer)

Less than 4 weeks?
Less than 6 weeks?
Less than 8 weeks?

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Old 01-07-2007, 03:31 PM   #2
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I consider your average ale (~ 4-5% abv) green if it's under 3 weeks. You can drink it then, and it tastes good, but if you wait, it will taste much better. I always save a 6er of my brews for at least 2 months and I'm always amazed at how much better it is then. I just can't bring myself to make it all last that long.

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Old 01-07-2007, 04:42 PM   #3
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It depends. I'd say most beer is no longer green four weeks after bottling, but bigger beers take longer. I tried a bottle of my trappist on new year's eve, and it was good, but it's got a loooong way to go to be all the way there. I'm going to try to make it until the end of January before I try another bottle.

It almost seems like it would be possible to come up with some kind of math equation that would create a relationship between OG and length of time to no longer be green. Here's a basic one:

For every 0.001 above 1.000 for the original gravity, the beer needs one day from brewing before it is no longer green.

So a typical pale ale in the 1.045 range would need about six and a half weeks to be ready. That seems reasonable. Meanwhile, my 1.076 trappist would need two and a half months. Hey, I think I'm on to something!

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Old 01-07-2007, 05:06 PM   #4
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I think you may be onto something, but keep in mind that there are other factors at play then just ABV. Ingredients used will play a big role. Honey takes longer to ferment than malt, and the use of spices, fruits, or flavorings will affect conditioning time too.

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Old 01-07-2007, 05:43 PM   #5
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green for me is beer up to the point it taste good... no sooner no later.. haha

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Apparently, green beer is very dangerous...wait for it to finish conditioning!

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Green beer is best thought of as off-flavors. Acetaldehyde - A flavor of green apples or freshly cut pumpkin, Yeasty, and Diacetyl - most often described as a butter or butterscotch flavor.

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Green beer is best thought of as off-flavors. Acetaldehyde - A flavor of green apples or freshly cut pumpkin, Yeasty, and Diacetyl - most often described as a butter or butterscotch flavor.
I have never thought of green beer as having "off" flavors ... I thought it meant that the beer just wasn't "done" yet, as in ... the flavors not having sufficient time to meld. Every beer is "green" at first ... as it ages its gets good.
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Old 01-07-2007, 08:46 PM   #9
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All beer is good beer, even bad beer. (Just don't ask me to drink **** beer)
Now great beer is something else!

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All beer is good beer, even bad beer. (Just don't ask me to drink **** beer)
Now great beer is something else!
I used to think that about pizza. Now I don't think that's true (ever try pizza from Pizza Hut or Papa John's lately? Yech!)
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