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Old 05-28-2009, 08:56 PM   #1
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Default Hefeweizens are best when young?

I've been hearing that you should drink hefeweizens when they are young, but my question is what happens if I leave them in the bottle for another month or so? The reason I ask is there is a competition I want to enter over 4th of July weekend. I bottled this batch on 5/23 so it will be over a month in the bottle by the time they taste it. Any reason it can't sit this long? (assuming good sanitation etc)

Pretty simple recipe:

6lbs muntons wheat dme (55/45 wh/b)
1 lb Breiss 2-row pale
2/3lb flaked wheat (mashed w/ base)
2oz argentine cascade (1oz bittering, 1/2 oz flavor, 1/2oz aroma)
wl300 hefeweizen yeast

It tastes pretty good imo, very close to style (i bought a bottle of paulaner when I bottled it to compare, Im a nerd like that)

If I made a non-alcoholic wheat beer I would call it Soberon.
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Old 05-28-2009, 08:58 PM   #2
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Your brew should be good then also. I am usually drinking my HWs into 6 months or longer...
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Old 05-28-2009, 09:16 PM   #3
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I'm sure it will be fine, it's not like they go bad - The flavor just peaks earlier, I drank most of my last batch between 4 and 8 weeks from brewday but found a couple of leftover bottles that were another month older and they were still great.
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