Originally Posted by budman
Just asking cuz I have a Irish blonde that is gonna take 2 wks in primary 2 wks in 2ndaroy and 2 wks to condition and I figured I would carbonate it while it conditioned
With my ales, I transfer to the keg after 2 weeks and dry hop (pellets in 3" SS ball and thin monofilament tied to outlet or inlet) for 1 week. Next, remove ss hop ball and right into the keezer. 24 hours at 30 psi, drop to 12 psi and let sit for 2 weeks. So, in total I usually have about 5 weeks from fermentation to glass. It seems to mellow after about 3 - 4 weeks after initial refrigeration. This is the simpliest method that I have found and it works very well. You can speed up the carbonation process, but you cannot speed up the beer maturation process IMO.