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Old 08-17-2010, 07:29 PM   #1
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Default 6 Day Beer Attempt!!!

I decided to have all the guys over while the gals hold my wife's baby shower. It was at this point that I realized I would not have enough beer to handle everyone. What's a brewer to do??

I took my newly developed Nut Brown recipe that I brewed as a 2.5 gal AG (tried it once and it tastes good to me) and modified the recipe for a Partial. Last night I brewed it and its bubbling strong. It needs to be ready for Sunday...I hope it tastes good young.

Here it is...let me know what you think!

Mash (2 gal BIAB cooler):
3 lb 2 row pale
1 lb special roast
0.5 lb chocolate

Mashed at 153F (or so) and did 2 batch sparges to get 3.5 gal at 1.036 (eff = 79%)

Boiled for 30 min (testing short boils) with a 30 min addition of 2.5 oz cascade. Added 2.75 lbs extra pale DME at 15 min (late addition method).

I topped off to 5 gallons and hit an OG of 1.049 (targeting 1.050).

I had wanted a fast fermentation and didn't have time for a starter so I had stopped at the LHBS for some ingredients and yeast. They were out of S-05, so I picked up a pack of Nottingham. I ended up using both my existing S-05 and the nottingham, so we'll see what that does!!

Anyway...its bubbling away like mad today and I hope its done fermenting by Friday so I have Saturday and Sunday to force carb it in the keg!!! Wish me luck!

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Old 08-17-2010, 07:39 PM   #2
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Assuming you are force carbing and the yeast play along you should be able to approach the speed record. I've had my Milk Oatmeal Stout ready in under two weeks, and I bottle condition. So anything is possible.

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Old 08-17-2010, 07:46 PM   #3
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Six days is tough schedule, if possible crash chill the fermenter and get some gelatin workin for the last two days of clearing in the keg. You have set the bar pretty high, I have pushed some lighter ales and wheats through the brewery to glass in 10 to 12 days, six is very aggressive...good luck!

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Man, the closest I have done is 10 days for a hefeweizen and that was pushing it. Good luck!

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My record is like 10 days grain to glass, rushed to have it ready for a party, I recently brewed my chocolate mint milk stout, it was 1.070 sg and fermented out to 1.020 fg in three days at 62°, it will sit in the primary for another month. I suppose I could crash cool, force carb and be drinking it in 6 days were I so inclined. your recipe looks good and simple, and as long as you have good temp control it is possible to get it ready by then... Best of luck!

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That's a high OG for so quick a turn around IMO. I would have made a 1.04 beer. Maybe even slightly lower...But I think it's still possible for you. Assuming the yeast get moving quick.

Your style choice is good. I find Nut Brown, Brown ale, and Mild's are not bad when extremely young. My quickest was a ten day mild. It was actually one of my favorite beers for a while. Let us know, I'm interested.

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Best of luck! I can't imagine getting a beer finished that quickly.

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Nice call on both packs of yeast, should be near optimum pitching levels for a fast and complete fermentation. I've had good luck mixing Chico and Notty in the past so I wouldn't worry about mixing the two yeasts.

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You all are nuts. I give every beer I make atleast 2 months.

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unless you dont have 2 months like the OP

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