Originally Posted by briguy
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.
On deck: Little Bo Pils, Bretta Off Dead (Brett pale)
Secondary: Oude Bruin, Red Sky at Morning (Sour brown ale)
On tap: Saison Duphunk (sour), Amarillo Slim (IPA), Earl White (ginger/bergamot wit)
Bottled: Number 8 (Belgian Strong Dark Ale), Eternale (Barleywine), Ancho Villa (Ancho/pasilla/chocolate/cinnamon RIS), Oak smoked porter (1/2 maple bourbon oaked, 1/2 apple brandy oaked)