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Old 02-19-2010, 05:34 PM   #1
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Default Neighbor wants beer in 3 weeks...

I have a neighbor that desperately wants to brew with me tonight and have a beer ready in 3 weeks for his party he is having. I have never attempted to do a beer so fast, even with force carbing, even though I know its 'possible.' I assume it would taste pretty green, though if he did a cream ale of some sort he might be able to get away with it.

Aside from obviously being no where NEAR optimal, has anyone even tried to do it this fast? Was it absolutely terrible? Or was it at least drinkable by a bunch of drunks?

SWMBO wants me to do it because she is good friends with his wife and said I would so I was thinking maybe Id use the opportunity to do a 10 gallon batch and save half myself for summer (and give my half time to condition!).


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Old 02-19-2010, 05:36 PM   #2
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Talk him into a wheat beer and use this recipe. It's tasty after 3 weeks.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f70/bee-...eweizen-35679/


I made this on Nov. 1 last year and it was perfect for thanksgiving.


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Old 02-19-2010, 05:37 PM   #3
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This will work, too: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f38/proj...th-10-a-77758/
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Hey thanks, thats a really damn good idea. I actually wanted a wheat beer for summer as well...
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You could do a mild or a bitter, but everyone will hate it and tell you it tastes like cougar piss no matter how well you brew it.
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Your neighbor is able to dispense kegged beer, right?
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Good suggestions here. I'd say that ultimately it depends on which style you think that your neighbor and his party attendees would enjoy more. If the target crowd is full of BMC drinkers, a hefe is a great idea. Or you could go even more neutral with a 50/50 2 row/wheat and some Nottingham with about 15 IBU.
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Your neighbor is able to dispense kegged beer, right?
Yeah, hes borrowing my kegerator
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I did the Centennial Blonde and went from grain to glass in 2 weeks. It was not at its peek but it was still tasty. It would have even been better with 3 weeks time.
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Good suggestions here. I'd say that ultimately it depends on which style you think that your neighbor and his party attendees would enjoy more. If the target crowd is full of BMC drinkers, a hefe is a great idea. Or you could go even more neutral with a 50/50 2 row/wheat and some Nottingham with about 15 IBU.
Yeah, I think they are mostly BMC types. What do you think of a 50/50 2 row wheat with something like saf 05?


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