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Old 02-14-2011, 07:05 PM   #1
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Default Can you go from brew to drinkable for a hefeweizen in 18 days?

My son's first birthday is in less than 3 weeks (party is March 5th). This is kind of last minute, but could I brew an extract batch of Hefeweizen and have it drinkable by March 5th?

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Old 02-14-2011, 07:07 PM   #2
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Can you force carbonate? Otherwise, no.

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Old 02-14-2011, 07:10 PM   #3
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If I was able to force carbonate and keg it using a friend's equipment, then yes?

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If you keg and force carbonate then the answer is yes.

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Old 02-14-2011, 07:23 PM   #5
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Along with force carb I suggest a yeast cake and an oxygen stone. Then you will have plenty of time.

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Sure. 11 days in primary then bottle condition for seven days. I did a hefe recently and did 2 weeks primary and tried one at only 5 days in. I won't get into why I tried one so early but there's a reason. I was surprised how carbed up it was, pretty much like a typical beer. It was very drinkable and tasted great.


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I did a 1 week primary 1 week in a bottle and it was a little flat but still very very tasty. Had some barebones carbination but very drinkable.

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I tested a bottle of APA after 5 days in bottle recently and it had serious off flavor, specifically Diacetyl. From now on it is 2 weeks in teh bottle minimum or kegged and forced carbed for me.

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I just think the bottle carbonation is a crap shoot, and maybe it will be ready but maybe it won't. How disappointed will your son be if he has no beer on his birthday?

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My son's first birthday is in less than 3 weeks (party is March 5th). This is kind of last minute, but could I brew an extract batch of Hefeweizen and have it drinkable by March 5th?
As mentioned, if you can keg, then it's no sweat. If you have to bottle, you can probably make it but have a backup plan. A hefe is just about the only thing I'd even attempt this turnaround with.

Brew today. Primary 7 days (check FG on day 5 and day 7 to make sure it's stabilized). Bottle and make sure it's in 70F+ conditions (75-80 preferred). You will probably be okay, and young hefes are plenty tasty. I've done it successfully a couple of times in <3 weeks with Wyeast 3638, FWIW. You don't have time to make a starter so pitch 2 smack packs.
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