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Old 01-02-2011, 07:35 PM   #1
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I have read the stickies, read blogs, read my instructions, yada yada yada and can't get a clear answer to the question of when can I start drinking my first batch?

Everything turned out great and aside from all of the cleaning that you have to do I was pretty surprised at how easy the process is, but I want to try the "fruits of my labor" and don't know how long I have to wait. Any help?

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Old 01-02-2011, 07:39 PM   #2
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depends on the type of beer...2-3 weeks in the bottle it should be carbed up.
then I would try one...it will taste better with age

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Old 01-02-2011, 07:50 PM   #3
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depends on the type of beer...2-3 weeks in the bottle it should be carbed up.
then I would try one...it will taste better with age
It's a brown ale. Most places that I was seeing said 2-3 weeks, but one blog that I read said let it sit for a week and it should be good. I had never heard that so that's why I was wondering
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Welcome to the forum from a fellow Iowan. I assume that you are talking about the brown ale in your profile. I would say start drinking 3 weeks after bottling. It will probably peak in flavor at about 6 weeks.

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Old 01-02-2011, 07:56 PM   #5
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Some times it will be carbonated after about a week but the flavor needs to mature. If you did a 5 gallon batch you have plenty of bottles so if curiosity is getting the best of you, just slip one in the fridge and give it a try. If it tastes good then it's ready. Remember it's your brew and it's ready when you say it is.

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I'd agree with the general consensus that about three weeks in the bottle should be good, but since this is your first batch I would say put a bottle in the fridge after a week for at least 24 hours then drink it. I would do this at week two and at week three. This way you can get a feel for what a young/green beer may taste like and then get an appreciation for conditioning your beer.

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I don't touch my beers til it's been a minimum 3 weeks in the bottle...to me drinking green beer is a waste of beer, and since we know that it takes a minimum of 3 weeks for a normal beer to carb and condition, the barest amount I wait is 3 weeks.

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+1 DP This way when you have your doubts about something or other in a future batch you'll know what to expect with time.

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I usually try one at 1 week. 2-3 weeks I'm rocking the new brew.

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I have read the stickies, read blogs, read my instructions, yada yada yada and can't get a clear answer to the question of when can I start drinking my first batch?
Don't even think about trying it before 9AM! If you try it before then, non-homebrewers will think you have a "problem".

Definitely- after 9AM!
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