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Old 01-11-2011, 09:24 PM   #1
Oct 2010
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For beers with a specific gravity of 1.052 or less such as a blonde ale, do most people age it beyond the 4 weeks in a primary? I was wondering if I should let it sit in the keg for a few weeks or just force carb and drink it.

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Old 01-11-2011, 09:33 PM   #2
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My 2 cents is it's ready to drink. A blonde isn't really about complexity (there's a joke in there somewhere if anyone wants a freebie )

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Old 01-11-2011, 10:33 PM   #3
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for the gravities you mention, using ale yeast, I usually go with 2 weeks in primary then 3 weeks in bottles = ready to drink, really nice one month after, when its almost gone. Lager yeast takes about 2x longer

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Old 01-11-2011, 10:55 PM   #4
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Eh, it depends on the beer. I don't think gravity is really the only factor. It has always seemed to me that a brown ale, for instance, needs to condition longer than a pale ale at the same gravity. That's just my subjective observations, though.

I say let your tongue be the guide. If it tastes good, drink it. If it tastes a bit green, let it age! Keep it simple

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