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Old 01-26-2013, 01:00 AM   #1
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Writing down my rules (penance for breaking them too often).

Starting from brew day:

1. Never pass judgement on a beer before it is 6 weeks old.
2. Never give away beer before it is 6 weeks old.
3. Never post describing a beer before it is 6 weeks old.

Basically, I find myself not liking beers that i sample too early only to find they are awesome after proper aging. Sometimes I give away beer before it is properly aged because people ask for it and it is all I have. Then I am embarrassed. I also have broken rule #3 on more than one occasion only to have to go back and correct my post.

My beers, primarily pale ales and blondes, usually hit their prime after 6-7 weeks.

 
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:16 AM   #2
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I think there's something else going on here. three rules all built on the number 6? "this contact lens represents you. my eye... represents my eye. I got my eye *squish* on you."
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:17 AM   #3
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O snapple...

 
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:33 AM   #4
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One more rule: never start a new thread on Friday night. We are all drunk!

 
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:37 AM   #5
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I'm not! We just drove 10 hours, and are in a motel in the middle of nowhere. So, I'm only on my third beer.

I read your rules, though, and I'm glad those aren't my rules. If I had to wait 6 weeks to try/share a beer, I'd die of thirst!
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:48 AM   #6
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I'm not! We just drove 10 hours, and are in a motel in the middle of nowhere. So, I'm only on my third beer.

I read your rules, though, and I'm glad those aren't my rules. If I had to wait 6 weeks to try/share a beer, I'd die of thirst!
I didn't say you couldn't try your beer. But every time I share my beer early I regret it. Maybe I am just hyper critical of my own beer...

Stay thirsty my friend.

 
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:37 AM   #7
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Good lord! If I waited six weeks, there are several of my beers I'd never get to taste at all!
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:35 PM   #8
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I saw this old thread today. I am the OP. I was always confused by the responses I got.

With the 1-2-3 rule (1 week primary, 2 weeks secondary, 3 weeks bottle/keg) I would have thought more people would wait 1+2+3= 6 weeks to drink their beer.

I usually do 2-3 weeks in primary then 3-4 in keg (which is also totals to 6 weeks) before I pass judgement on a beer.

My original post said I resolve to wait 6 weeks from BREW DAY before passing judgement. That is all I was saying.

Maybe I chose the wrong beer birthday. Maybe you all were thinking 6 weeks from bottling?

 
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I saw this old thread today. I am the OP. I was always confused by the responses I got.

With the 1-2-3 rule (1 week primary, 2 weeks secondary, 3 weeks bottle/keg) I would have thought more people would wait 1+2+3= 6 weeks to drink their beer.

I usually do 2-3 weeks in primary then 3-4 in keg (which is also totals to 6 weeks) before I pass judgement on a beer.

My original post said I resolve to wait 6 weeks from BREW DAY before passing judgement. That is all I was saying.

Maybe I chose the wrong beer birthday. Maybe you all were thinking 6 weeks from bottling?
No. A well made beer doesn't need that much time. I do about 10 days in the fermenter, and then keg. I am routinely drinking non-complex ales by day 15-20.

If you pitch the proper amount of yeast, control fermentation temperature, and use quality ingredients, a non-complex ale simply doesn't need that much time to peak.

Some beers with a very high OG or with a complex flavor profile (roastiness, smoke) may need more time. For my oatmeal stout, I keg it on about day 10 but it really doesn't become great and melded together until about 4 weeks old.
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:55 PM   #10
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I saw this old thread today. I am the OP. I was always confused by the responses I got.

With the 1-2-3 rule (1 week primary, 2 weeks secondary, 3 weeks bottle/keg) I would have thought more people would wait 1+2+3= 6 weeks to drink their beer.

I usually do 2-3 weeks in primary then 3-4 in keg (which is also totals to 6 weeks) before I pass judgement on a beer.

My original post said I resolve to wait 6 weeks from BREW DAY before passing judgement. That is all I was saying.

Maybe I chose the wrong beer birthday. Maybe you all were thinking 6 weeks from bottling?
I drink many of my beers 2-3 weeks after brew day and they taste great. I say rule #4 should be:

4: If you can't make a beer that tastes good after 2 weeks, keep trying to improve your process and start kegging.
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