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Old 08-23-2013, 10:45 PM   #1
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Default Lets be honest: Who likes green beer?

I usually can't wait longer than 4 weeks before I crack one open just to do a taste test.

Now I don't drink them all at 4 weeks... but I like to start tasting the beer then.

And you know what... green beer is okay by me.


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Old 08-23-2013, 10:48 PM   #2
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Not for me, thanks. I expected a poll.


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Old 08-23-2013, 11:11 PM   #3
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What is the "green" beer taste? After improving a lot of my practices (and I keg) I have found that my beer is pretty darn good once it's carbed up. Does it still change over time, of course, but since I've really been controlling fermentation temps, I've noticed that for all but Porters, Browns and Stouts, I can drink a good beer after a total of 4 weeks, with nothing that would make me think it was a "Green" beer.

This could also be that I am a beer Glutton, I have yet to dump a beer, but I have had beers that I wouldn't serve to friends, because it wasn't up to my standards. Could also be my taste buds I guess.
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:24 PM   #4
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Would a sour beer be considered green even after you try to make it sweet?

Or could the sourness stem from fermenting at the wrong temp?
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:46 PM   #5
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I'll drink green beer. I'd rather drink home brew than any commercial beer unless i'm at a bar
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:05 AM   #6
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Iím with clonefan94, what is Ďgreení? Iím sitting here drinking an American Brown that was bottled at 12 days. I started drinking it on day 17, now itís a whoppiní 10 days in the bottle(day 23) and itís still pretty good. In my experience the smaller beers start to fade at 4-6 weeks.

Donít be afraid to taste it. There is a point at which it doesnít get any better. It depends on your recipe and your process where that point is.
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I guess with the more hops and complex grain bills... perhaps you don't taste the green beer.

Or, maybe it is due to process? Like using tap water or pitching at too high of a temperature?
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Green beer is flawed beer. No one likes it.
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Green beer is flawed beer. No one likes it.


Yep. Thou speaketh the truth....


If your average gravity beers are still "green" at 4 weeks, then there are some process improvements that could be made. Pretty much every brewpub beer is already gone in that time, with a few style exceptions, and most of them make pretty good beer.
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MSB, exactly. Most notably, increased pitching rates and decreased fermentation temps should produce fine results (and no "green" character after about day 4 for average gravity ales).


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