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Old 09-29-2009, 09:08 PM   #1
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Hey all, everyone says these beers are good younger instead of aging. It was an extract Franziskaner clone kit from Austin Homebrew. I made a 750mL starter and it took off like a rocket in less than 5 hours after pitching the starter. Is 2 weeks enough given I reach a good FG, of course I will check it but the idea what I want to know is that if my final gravity doesn't change should I still leave this one in the primary or bottle it? I just usually keep most of my ales in the primary for 3+ weeks with good results.

The only reason I ask is that I have seen and heard that wheat beers need to be consumed young, I made this batch for a friend and he is ready to drink it, but I told him to be patient LOL...thanks all for any input.

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Old 09-29-2009, 09:13 PM   #2
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HefeWeizen, 2 weeks, @ FG

Yeah, you can bottle it.

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Old 09-30-2009, 12:54 AM   #3
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I generally ferment my hefes 6 days then keg. Specific yeast, gravity, and temperature may change your ideal timelines, but if it's at FG after two weeks, by all means drink up.

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Ask 100 brewers the same question and you'll get 101 different answers on their process.

Two weeks in primary, check gravity, rack to secondary for clearing/mellowing/aging/etc., rack to keg/bottling bucket. Be sure to suck up "some" yeast to make beer cloudy again (leaving a lot of excess yeast behind...).

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2 wks primary, bottle 1 wk. Drink. Trust me, I've made a few. I would DEFINITELY skip the secondary on a hefe.

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Ask 100 brewers the same question and you'll get 101 different answers on their process.
Agreed, but...

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Two weeks in primary, check gravity, rack to secondary for clearing/mellowing/aging/etc., rack to keg/bottling bucket. Be sure to suck up "some" yeast to make beer cloudy again (leaving a lot of excess yeast behind...).
...we obviously make our hefes very differently.
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2 wks primary, bottle 1 wk. Drink. Trust me, I've made a few. I would DEFINITELY skip the secondary on a hefe.
So, you're the one with 1/2" of yeast in your bottles...
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2 weeks primary, 2 weeks bottle conditioning for me. I may try to cut that down on the next batch though. I'm thinking I could probably bottle after 8-10 days without detriment.

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...we obviously make our hefes very differently.
Nothing says we can't...

Some German HWs use lager yeast at bottling time...
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Nothing says we can't...
I believe if the beer you want is already made, buy it. If you can't find a bottle that you say "this would be better if..." then make your own. Everyone's tastes are different. I did get a laugh out of your hefe technique, though, because that's a good description of everything I hate about many American so-called "hefes"... Not only do I keg mine after six days (and force carb, so it's six days from boil to drink!), but I try to keep the fermentation temp up around 76 to get that extra dose of cloves.... With a hint of bananana if I'm lucky.

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Some German HWs use lager yeast at bottling time...
My understanding is they're trying to protect their proprietary yeasts, so they filter out the ale yeast and add dormant lager yeast to give yeast flavor. I could be wrong; I just heard that on the interwebz.
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