Originally Posted by ken_manke
Update on Brewers Best IPA. I just tried my first bottle (3 weeks bottle conditioned). I am very pleased with how this beer turned out. Great taste and feel. I'm letting the rest of the batch age an additional 2 weeks, but had to at least try one now.
Was surprised with the head after just 3 weeks.
I, like you, have always believed that "bottle conditioning" is, if not a necessity, certainly a desirable component of home brewing.
You (and lots of others) might be surprised by the answer I received from Shawn Croasmun, brand manager at Brewer's Best, when I wrote to ask if "time in the bottle" would create better taste/flavor. Here's what HE said:
" Lastly, the only beers that really benefit from an aging time is darker beers like Porters and Stout, oaked beers and fruit beers. Lighter beers like IPA’s, Pale Ale’s, Wheat’s etc. are ready to drink as soon as they’re carbonated."
Go figure. I mean, Shawn's not god......but, you'd think he should be speaking the manufacturer's "gospel".
Anyone else have an opinion?