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Old 05-07-2012, 12:33 PM   #1
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Ey all this is my 4th brew and I've loved everything I've brewed so far. I'm brewing heffe from a recipe and I brewed it last sat and it was violent at first. I racked it Friday so my question is I normally go 2 weeks in secondary but I'm told wheat beers are quicker. It slowed down a lot so should I be taking FG readings now or wait another week?

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Old 05-07-2012, 12:58 PM   #2
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It doesn't hurt to take gravity readings. I brewed an american wheat that is kegged and just a beer or two shy from the keg blowing. I have noticed that the wheat improved greatly now that it has been in the keg for about 6 weeks compared to when it was first tapped. I have heard that hefs are better young, but that isn't the case in my experience. Take readings and follow your process. Take notes of what works and doesn't. It may be awesome young to you, or you may find it needs aging like mine did.

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Old 05-07-2012, 01:05 PM   #3
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I usually keep a log of taste impressions at initial opening through the final bottle. Helps me decide which brews tp drink young and which to age for a bit. Nothing is better than your personal experience. I have noticed that the distinctive bananna flavor subsides over time.

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Old 05-07-2012, 02:04 PM   #4
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Wheats go fast - I often do 1.5 weeks primary and 1.5 weeks bottle condition and they've been turning out great. That said, there's no substitute for measurement.

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Old 05-07-2012, 03:37 PM   #5
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Great responses, I normally run the 1-2-3 but I was told young is better. I started at 1.045 and it's down to 1.014 so I have to be close. I'll take two more but something tells me I will be bottling this weekend instead of next.

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Old 05-10-2012, 10:02 AM   #6
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So after 3 days of readings I bottled yesterday, this the earliest I have ever bottled. How long should I keep the bottles at room temp now? Couple of weeks? I normally go 3 weeks.

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Three weeks is what is preached here but I have tried the plastic bottle trick (fill one plastic bottle and use the pressure in it to judge the level of carbonation) and found that there was significant CO2 produced in one day. The beers I have made have all been carbonated in a week but they may still taste "green".

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Old 05-10-2012, 12:37 PM   #8
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So may be try one in 2 weeks see what I got.

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Old 05-12-2012, 01:08 PM   #9
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I'm assuming the bottles should be at room temp right? No different for a wheat beer?

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Old 05-12-2012, 01:17 PM   #10
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Don't do secondary unless you're adding something like fruit or dry-hopping. No sense in exposing your beer to air unless you have to and if you're doing it for clarity more time in the primary is better than racking to secondary anyway.

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