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Old 09-05-2008, 03:26 PM   #1
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Just curious.

Seems like it takes 4 weeks to be pretty good for me and 5 weeks before I actually want to drink it. I always taste after 3 weeks, but maybe not anymore, seems like such a waste of beer.

Should the mantra be 5 weeks 70, or do my beers just take longer to condition?

 
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Old 09-05-2008, 03:27 PM   #2

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Should the mantra be 5 weeks 70, or do my beers just take longer to condition?
The mantra is a minimum 3 weeks @ 70- YMMV, especially if there are harsh flavors that need mellowing.

 
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Old 09-05-2008, 04:16 PM   #3
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Anywhere between 3 and 5 weeks for me. It depends on the style and brew.

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Old 09-05-2008, 04:38 PM   #4
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It really depends on the style. A bitter or a regular IPA can be done in 3 weeks, whereas a Northern Brown or Amber may take longer. They you have the big beers that take forever to mellow out.
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Old 09-05-2008, 04:43 PM   #5
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I start at 3 with a bottle or 3, but then I stash the rest for a few months...ya know...just till it comes back into rotation.
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Old 09-05-2008, 05:32 PM   #6
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I've got a co-worker that used to brew. He gives me hell about being inpatient when I tell him I'm sampling bottles at 4 weeks. He thinks it takes a minimum of 8 weeks in the bottle to properly condition. You know what? He's right!! The longer they sit (up to about 6 months) the better they get. I like Big Kahuna's approach. Get a quick sample at 3 weeks just to satisfy your curiosity and then stash them away for a couple more months.

 
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Old 09-05-2008, 05:45 PM   #7
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Last night swmbo asked when we could drink that stuff I bottled on Wednesday (I split the sample with her) I told her we'll split a sample bottle in 4 weeks, then not touch them again for a couple months (Chocolate Hazelnut Porter). She thought I was joking, then got real sad when she realized I wasn't.
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Old 09-05-2008, 05:50 PM   #8
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The yeast and fermentation profile can make a big difference. I used Wyeast California Lager yeast for the first time in a steam beer, and its taking forever to mature. However, Wyeast's German Ale yeast matures very quickly, so much so that I expect to start drinking my 6% ABV Octoberfest-style ale just 3 weeks after bottling (6 weeks total from brew day).

Aging beers can help a lot. But if you brew good beer to begin with (i.e., with no flaws that need time to age out), then you can start drinking them sooner rather than later.
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Old 09-05-2008, 05:53 PM   #9
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But if you brew good beer to begin with (i.e., with no flaws that need time to age out), then you can start drinking them sooner rather than later.
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Old 09-05-2008, 06:01 PM   #10
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Actually the mantra for carbonation is:


21 days at 70+ degrees

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No shorter...no cooler...

This doesn't mean the beer is at it's best...only that it should not be expected to be carbonated until then.

A lot depends on how long the beer was bulk conditioned in the primary/secondary too.

 
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