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Old 04-05-2008, 02:47 PM   #1
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I just finished bottling my first homebrew. I brewed a belgium white ale. I was wondering
how long do you need the beer to sit before its ready to drink?

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Old 04-05-2008, 02:59 PM   #2
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3-4 weeks you want it to be carbed

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Old 04-05-2008, 03:13 PM   #3
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I have found that it depends on what you brew. The English Bitter took about 6 weeks before it tasted really good, while the Blood Orange Hefeweizen was great after only 10 days.

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Old 04-06-2008, 03:59 AM   #4
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3-4 weeks for carbonation, then it could take 3-4 more to achieve optimum taste. I recommend trying one a week and keeping notes of when it achieved the best taste and making notes of that with the recipes.

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Old 04-06-2008, 04:00 AM   #5
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Minimum mantra:

21 days at 70+ degrees
21 days at 70+ degrees
21 days at 70+ degrees
21 days at 70+ degrees
21 days at 70+ degrees

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Old 04-06-2008, 06:50 PM   #6
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Minimum mantra:

21 days at 70+ degrees
21 days at 70+ degrees
21 days at 70+ degrees
21 days at 70+ degrees
21 days at 70+ degrees
That depends, I've had Hefe's almost gone 21 days from brewday.


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Try one each week until they taste good. It's just like fermenting, the beer tells you when it is ready(not the other way)
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Old 04-07-2008, 02:28 AM   #7
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If it is in bottles there's no harm in trying one a week until you feel it is done. Just don't be disappointed if it doesn't taste all that great, or lacks carbonation. That will come with time.

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Old 04-07-2008, 07:33 AM   #8
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If it's a white ale if should be ready to drink much quicker than most beers, I'd taste one after a week in bottles as long as it was in primary long enough...

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Here's my magic forumula. W+30 days where W equals when you Want to drink it.

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