i am so sick of waiting so long to get good flavor out of each batch. and i'd really like to try brewing different styles. i have a witbier kit standing by that i aim to brew on tuesday. i was advised not to use a secondary on this batch by my LHBS. (he acutally ground the grains for me, and pieced this kit together for me for what i wanted, good dude) so in theory, i should be ready to bottle this in what...2 to 3 weeks? ( i have no gravity numbers to follow on this one. )
so.... i'd like to try a lager, a barley wine, a porter, and maaaaayyybe a stout. maybe an ipa, i dunno. but i definately have a ton of bottles coming my way, and i want to get some use out of my 5 gallon kit before i get going on my keggle setup.
i have no idea which takes the longest to mature ( thinking the barley wine) or what order i should do things in, timeframes...etc. i'd prefer all extracts or partial mash's ( assuming that's the whole " steep to convert" step i did for this past witbier) for this years brews , so i can focus on learning more before i build a rig and go AG.
can anyone point me in the right direction here?