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Old 08-28-2010, 11:04 PM   #1
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Default How young do you like your ipa's

from the day you bottle them.

i like them almost immediately but they tend to taste best after 5 or 6 weeks in the bottles. one of my other friends thought they were best at 3 weeks, and some of my other friends thought 10 weeks was best. most importantly how young do judges tend to like them best?


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Old 08-28-2010, 11:07 PM   #2
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I like them before the hops start to decline in the aroma. Usually they don't last that long however.


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Old 08-28-2010, 11:09 PM   #3
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5 weeks.

My last one was bottled over three months ago. It's still a great beer, but the dry hopping has faded a lot.
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Old 08-28-2010, 11:16 PM   #4
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IPAs are one of the best reasons to keg. When you keg them & force carbonate, you can be drinking them within a few days. My vote 1 week or less is best and only possible with kegging.
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Old 08-29-2010, 12:22 AM   #5
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I like one week after the dry hops are removed.

Based on limited anecdotal experience, they score pretty consistent for about 6 weeks, then worse.

As a judge, I rarely think american or imperial IPAs I judge have enough hop aroma. They almost always have plenty of bitterness, if not too much.
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:17 AM   #6
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best when drank SOOOON! and if you dry hop in the serving keg.....well its just even more better.
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Old 08-29-2010, 03:50 AM   #7
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Three weeks, from brew day. Bottling might need four.
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Three weeks, from brew day. Bottling might need four.
crazy. that is so much sooner than i have been doing. let me ask you all this. how long would you leave a sg 1.063-fg 1.011 ipa in the fermenter before bottling. i would do a month, but i get the impression some of you would do sooner, like in 3 weeks
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:12 AM   #9
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crazy. that is so much sooner than i have been doing. let me ask you all this. how long would you leave a sg 1.063-fg 1.011 ipa in the fermenter before bottling. i would do a month, but i get the impression some of you would do sooner, like in 3 weeks
Two weeks primary, one week or so dry hopping, into a keg, and carbed up ASAP. If your recipe is balanced and made correctly, it should work out just fine.
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:31 AM   #10
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...Seems a little strange for a beer designed to travel, but I drink mine in 4 weeks too.


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