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Old 09-21-2012, 09:43 PM   #11
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+1 on trying one now. I'm 15 batches into my brewing experience and I have tried every one at 1 week in the bottle (and every week after that until "ready"). No harm in it and I haven't regretted a single one.
Yep -- It's a bad habit, but I can't help it. I'm an unabashed carboy thief too.

In fact, I'm going to go crack open a bitter that I bottled Sunday in solidarity. Cheers!
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:58 PM   #12
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Even though i bottle into 22oz bottles, i always make sure to fill 4 or so 12 oz bottles with the last of the beer from the bucket, for one im less likely to end up with a quarter of half filled 22, and secondly it gives me 4 12 oz bottles i can sample off of and not really feel bad if its not ready yet that i didnt 'waste' much beer.

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Old 09-22-2012, 03:52 PM   #13
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Even though i bottle into 22oz bottles, i always make sure to fill 4 or so 12 oz bottles with the last of the beer from the bucket, for one im less likely to end up with a quarter of half filled 22, and secondly it gives me 4 12 oz bottles i can sample off of and not really feel bad if its not ready yet that i didnt 'waste' much beer.
This seems like it's the good thing about kegging. You can always take a sip to see how it's going. Then again, it's a bad thing on my account. I have a feeling my little sips are going to lead to, "It's gone?" before it reaches maturity.
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Old 09-22-2012, 04:18 PM   #14
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Even from my 1st batch,I've waited at least 3 weeks in the botles to sample one. Most of my pale ales are good at 4 weeks. Waiting IS the hardest part. But patience will be rewarded with better beer...& more of them left.
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Old 09-22-2012, 05:09 PM   #15
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Even from my 1st batch,I've waited at least 3 weeks in the botles to sample one. Most of my pale ales are good at 4 weeks. Waiting IS the hardest part. But patience will be rewarded with better beer...& more of them left.
Whether knowingly or unknowingly, you make a good case for switching to kegs . . .
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:06 AM   #16
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Well I broke down and tried my first bottle today, I couldn't wait anymore. I must say even though it was a little "green" it was rather tasty and I cannot wait until they condition more. I am looking forward to the next breakdown.

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Old 09-26-2012, 03:22 AM   #17
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I think it is just fine to taste a bit early. What you may find as you brew more that you'll start waiting a longer and longer for that first taste.

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