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Old 05-09-2012, 06:47 PM   #1
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I understand that beers need to condition/age/lager etc....

But ever since I started brewing...I find a lot of my friends/family are awfully impatient (as am I) to drink homebrews often.....

So I'm asking if anyone can recommend any styles that are ok to drink after 2 weeks??? Any techniques to speed the process????what's the fastest way to get to drinking homemade beer? I have several batches going at once aging to different degrees...but I feel the need to have some quick batches to drink in between
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:56 PM   #2
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Look up centennial blond. Grain to glass in two weeks
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:02 PM   #3
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The best way to ensure fast turnaround is to get your fermentation house in order. That's why big brewers can move beer so quickly. You NEED to have exact control of the temperature of your beer while fermenting (not just the ambient temperatures), you need to be pitching the correct amount of healthy yeast (learn to make starters ahead of time and crash them down beforehand), and you need to be properly aerating your wort before pitching (and adding oxygen again early in growth phase for bigger beers- using pure oxygen will definitely shorten your ferments).

Apart from that, if you're looking for a two week turnaround, you're limited to ales served force carbonated in kegs, and low gravity ones (medium gravity beers can be turned around in this timeline if you're doing all of the above perfectly- pure O2 helps). Think English ordinary bitters, hefeweizens, cream ales and blondes. Low gravity is the key- you're not limited to light colored beers, though. Those beers should be done fermenting entirely at 1 week, and then you have another week of cold conditioning/force carbonating.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:02 PM   #4
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I hear that what beers, especially hefeweizens are quick. 2 Weeks to ferment, two to bottle.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:10 PM   #5
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I hear that what beers, especially hefeweizens are quick. 2 Weeks to ferment, two to bottle.
yeah... a low og hefe can go 2 and 2....maybe a little quicker.

 
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:38 PM   #6
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+1, dunkels are quick too!


 
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:35 PM   #7
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Look up centennial blond. Grain to glass in two weeks
I made this w/ Amarillo--it's brilliant! Better yet, I brewed it on 4/21 and drank my 1st last night. 16 days grain to glass, and quite tasty!
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:43 PM   #8
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Piratwolf. Was that 10 days primary and 6 days conditioned in the keg?
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:49 PM   #9
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Biermuncher new castle clone can go from grain to glass in two weeks. Here is a pic of my brew. I had it 10 days in primary and let it slowly carb over 2 weeks. I cold have carbed faster in 4 days and probably would still be good.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:24 PM   #10
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Sweet or dry stouts are quick. Milds can be quick too.

I personally like to make a low og beer <1.040 and then put an other higher gravity beer on top of the yeast cake from my the lower gravity beer. I sometimes repeat that same step again and make an imperial after the medium gravity beer. (Basically making a 5 to 6 gallon starter) Fermentation starts very fast and is very vigorous and quick. Allowing you to make a higher gravity beer quicker. If you go this route it's easiest if you keg your beer on brew day.

 
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