My family is having a big get together on the upcoming July 4th weekend. I was hoping to make a Rickards White/Blue Moon clone type of beer for it (along the lines of http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f71/blue...n-clone-24978/
). I would be using S-05 as the yeast (since I couldn't source the Wyeast 3942 or 3944 in time). I have seen threads on Blue Moon clones that indicate this isn't that bad a sub (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/blue-moon-clone-65328/
). I realize that this yeast isn't ideal for a tru witbier and hence why I am calling it an "american" witbier.
Anyway, on to my question. If I brew this up tonight, this will give me 17 days till it will be consumed (this will be kegged and force carbed). I know that in general, witbiers should be consumed fresh/young, but I'm not sure if this timeline is pushing things a little. Anyone have any thoughts on whether or not this would be appropriate? What is the fastest you've gone grain to glass for a witbier and had good results? Any and all input appreciated.