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Old 07-07-2012, 02:55 AM   #1
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Default From Grain to Glass how long?

I have always wondered what the standard Grain to glass time is for each beer types? I am currently dry hopping an almost Double IPA and I was wondering what kind of time should it take to be drinkable. What I am worried about is the hop flavor fading if it takes too long aging. I have not gone to kegging yet so this will include bottle time.


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Old 07-07-2012, 03:00 AM   #2
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In the case of your iipa, I would say dry hop for no more than a week, then give another 2 weeks for condition/carbonation. You'll probably enjoy it best while it's young; but the hop flavor won't go anywhere in 2-3 weeks time. No worries.


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Old 07-07-2012, 03:01 AM   #3
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It depends. My standard mid range beers that have a starting gravity of 1.045-1.060 I will ferment and age for 1month before packaging. A double ipa could benefit with aging for a month or 2 in a secondary since the gravity is a lot higher. When I dry hop though, no matter what the beer is or how long I age it for I usually put the hops in 1week before I package. I have had a dry hopped beer age for weeks and months and mine do fade out on the aroma.
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That's the best part about anything pale ale! You can totally drink most of them in about 2 weeks (assuming kegging) because the fresh hop brightness covers up the young beer flavors. As the hops mellow, the beer comes of age. You just can't get away with that doing a RIS :-D
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I would get a CO2 tank and carb it asap. You still have a couple weeks, but brewery fresh beer is better than fresh eggs.
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Almost all my beers are less than two weeks. Bottling I guess they would be four. Some dudes bottle, some dudes (like me) hate it and keg!
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With bottles my quickest is 4 weeks with a hefeweizen. I made a 1.067 IPA that I bottled June 1, and it is just now getting carbed up, two months from when I brewed it.
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I like to dry hop for 10 days. Ive found my beers are usually good in about 2 weeks of conditioning, BUT...... I let the beer tell me when its ready. If after 2 weeks the brew isnt nicely carbed or is still green, I'll let it condition another week and try again. Ive found my darker beers need more time to condition. 18-21 day in primary is also my normal. I dont have a way to cold crash so I like giving the yeast time to clean up and fall out of suspension, with the exception of the hefe that I made. Guess that puts it at 4-5 weeks in total for me.
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I go from grain to glass in three weeks for my session beers.
OG of about 1.050 of less.
2 weeks in the primary
Rack into the corny and set the gas at 12psi for a week

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Since the OP isn't asking about kegging, 7 weeks for my fastest to be sure.
3 weeks fermenting/clearing, 4 weeks in the bottle. occasionally I'll try one at 3 weeks, but 4 weeks in the bottle is always better even for IPA's .


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