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Old 04-01-2010, 07:23 PM   #31
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Does it all come down to extra working time for the die-hard yeast that make it to the end?
When yeast is working in an imperfect environment, it often produces all sorts of intermediate chemicals between sugar and alcohol. It eats the easiest stuff first.

If it hasn't flocced out, its still eating.
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Old 04-01-2010, 11:43 PM   #32
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To me it sounds like you assume 'in the keg' means "ready to drink at peak flavor"...and that's not the case.

I've listened to a lot of Jamil Show and I don't get the impression he rushes from brew day to drinking time, but rather kegs and lets it age there to keep primary and secondary open for more batches.

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If you listen to Can You Brew It they often complain that they rushed the beers to have them done in time for the shows and that they'd have been better if they had started earlier and given them more time.

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Old 04-02-2010, 01:25 AM   #34
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If you listen to Can You Brew It they often complain that they rushed the beers to have them done in time for the shows and that they'd have been better if they had started earlier and given them more time.
Ok, that's fair.

I haven't listened to that show, but for one episode.

The IPA that I kegged tonight is pretty damn good, however.

It's about 19 days from brew date and is, IMO, pretty tasty. I'm going to gauge its progress as it ages, and see if I can sense its maturity. I'd be more than happy with the flavor I have right now, however. I can only hope it gets better over the next few weeks.

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I think it depends heavily on the style of the beer, the original gravity and the brewer's skill. A low gravity (1.050 or less) pale ale/bitter brewed well - follow all of the advice above about sanitation, pitching, and fermentation temp control - will be at its best in 2 to 3 weeks. That's why a beer like Summit EPA is on tap in a bar and tasting great in 2 weeks. So, ten or so days in primary, keg, carb up and cold crash for a couple days, and enjoy. If you've been aging this type of beer for more than a month, you'll be surprised at how good it tastes in a couple weeks.

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