Listen up...just short of a million times a day you guys are asking some really basic questions. And, yes, I asked them too when I first started, but my time here today has to do with P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E !-!-!
I know we all get eager to try our brews, but I always tell you guys to wait. Sure, you can sample, but don't drink half of your brew before it's really ready.
One secret I found to having patience for drinking up my brew too early is to brew more! Yes, brew away!!! Buy extra fermenters and just go brew crazy!
With that being said, make sure you have a good recipe to start with. For your own sake don't ever throw any brew away without first consulting with us.
Anyhoo...the real reason I gathered you here is to show you that, with patience, you can make a great tasting extract brew that is as clear as any you buy.
Here are a couple pictures of a brew I did in July 06. The last time I sampled it was in Oct 06. Yes, I am just drinking it now. I'm sure it's been ready for a while now, but I know it won't spoil. But I've been busy soaking up some of my Hefe Weizens.
This beer was NOT filtered and the little dots you see floating in the brew are carbonation bubbles raising to the surface.
Be patient and happy brew year!!