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Old 04-05-2008, 01:47 PM   #1
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I just finished bottling my first homebrew. I brewed a belgium white ale. I was wondering
how long do you need the beer to sit before its ready to drink?


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Old 04-05-2008, 01:59 PM   #2
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3-4 weeks you want it to be carbed

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Old 04-05-2008, 02:13 PM   #3
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I have found that it depends on what you brew. The English Bitter took about 6 weeks before it tasted really good, while the Blood Orange Hefeweizen was great after only 10 days.
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Old 04-06-2008, 02:59 AM   #4
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3-4 weeks for carbonation, then it could take 3-4 more to achieve optimum taste. I recommend trying one a week and keeping notes of when it achieved the best taste and making notes of that with the recipes.

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Old 04-06-2008, 03:00 AM   #5
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Minimum mantra:

21 days at 70+ degrees
21 days at 70+ degrees
21 days at 70+ degrees
21 days at 70+ degrees
21 days at 70+ degrees

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Old 04-06-2008, 05:50 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by BierMuncher
Minimum mantra:

21 days at 70+ degrees
21 days at 70+ degrees
21 days at 70+ degrees
21 days at 70+ degrees
21 days at 70+ degrees
That depends, I've had Hefe's almost gone 21 days from brewday.

To the OP
Try one each week until they taste good. It's just like fermenting, the beer tells you when it is ready(not the other way)

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Old 04-07-2008, 01:28 AM   #7
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If it is in bottles there's no harm in trying one a week until you feel it is done. Just don't be disappointed if it doesn't taste all that great, or lacks carbonation. That will come with time.

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Old 04-07-2008, 06:33 AM   #8
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If it's a white ale if should be ready to drink much quicker than most beers, I'd taste one after a week in bottles as long as it was in primary long enough...
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Old 04-07-2008, 01:24 PM   #9
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Here's my magic forumula. W+30 days where W equals when you Want to drink it.
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