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Old 03-28-2012, 02:53 AM   #1
Feb 2012
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Alright here comes the dumbest question of the month from me but I am going to ask it because I want better beer. How long should I be waiting to bottle and how long should I be carbonating my bottles. Last but not least if I want to drink my beer faster should I keg.

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Old 03-28-2012, 02:56 AM   #2
Feb 2012
Wilmington, NC, North Carolina
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I wait at least 3 weeks to bottle. I wait another 2 for carbonation. I have been brewing for years and have no plans to keg my beer. I enjoy the portability of bottles.

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Old 03-28-2012, 02:58 AM   #3
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First question; 3-4 weeks
Second question; 3-6 weeks minimum
Third question; Yes!

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Old 03-28-2012, 03:00 AM   #4
Jan 2012
Concord, CA
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Fastest homebrew drinking will be from kegging and force carbonating. With 25PSI in a 40 degree environment, it will be drinkable in 3, clarity won't happen for 2-3 weeks and many styles need longer aging times to be their best (stout, porter, barley wine, lagers). But a fresh IPA is better the younger it is.

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Old 03-28-2012, 03:03 AM   #5
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What Stauffbier said but I would add that patience makes your beer a ton better. Yes you can keg and drink it faster but I would recommend whether you are kegging or bottling to just buy some beer until yours is ready. Once you have played the waiting game and your beer is just begging you to drink it you will be deliciously rewarded for your patience.

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