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Old 03-26-2008, 10:40 PM   #1
Meister Rivington
Feb 2008
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Ok, we all know patience is very important when it comes to this. But, my question is, how long after bottling should I wait to drink the beer. Here is what I know so far

- will depend on beer/yeast (how much does it depend?)
- generally carbonation will be established within 1 week

Of course you can drink it whenever, but how long could you expect (a Wit for example) to need to sit in a bottle before is no longer tastes "green"?
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Old 03-26-2008, 10:55 PM   #2
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Generally, the lower the ABV the sooner it is ready to drink. A Wit might be good to go once carbonated, ditto a low gravity Brown or Mild.
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Old 03-26-2008, 11:00 PM   #3
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Almost any bottled beer will be more or less ready to go after a week if you just can't wait. But the best bottle in almost any batch is the last one.

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