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Old 09-16-2008, 11:23 PM   #1
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So I have a belgian strong dark ale that I let sit in primary for 2 weeks and it hit FG so I transferred to secondary. It has then since been two weeks. I have a party this weekend, is it ok to keg and serve? My thought is yes, but I value the experience of the board.
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Old 09-16-2008, 11:55 PM   #2
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It depends on how big of a beer it is. I would say it's ok to drink but it probably needs to age far longer (say a couple of months at least)
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Old 09-17-2008, 02:10 AM   #3
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If it tastes ok, you can drink it. Ultimately, it's that simple. It may not be at it's best though.

It's your call. It could be good now. If you drink it now though, you won't get to experience what will likely be a better beer later. Strong darks should age well, and will only get better with time.

 
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Old 09-17-2008, 01:58 PM   #4
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My rule of thumb for big beers is 6 weeks plus a month for each percent above 5%.
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:07 PM   #5
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I dont think I could wait that long. So I have a IPA in secondary 6.55% ABV, you think I should wait 3 months for it to be ready? Or am I confusing the word "BIG", high alcohol right?

 
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:21 PM   #6
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My rule is anything 7% and up will sit for 6 months to a year depending on how high over the 7%.
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Old 09-17-2008, 09:48 PM   #7
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yeah the beer is 9%. I know I should age it longer, but I have a party this weekend and want to be able to serve a beer. I guess this will be a trial and error deal, thanks for the words of wisdom!
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Old 09-17-2008, 10:31 PM   #8
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sounds like the OP is confusing 'carbonating' with 'aging'.

sure you could keg and carb it and drink it this weekend...but I doubt it's at peak flavor, probably still pretty green.

force carbing doesn't remove the possible need to age to 'ripeness'.
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Old 09-17-2008, 10:56 PM   #9
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I would not serve that to my friends. It will be safe to drink and will have bubbles in time. However......

1) That beer should age for the better part of a year before you drink it. Seriously, it will be a disservice to the beer to drink it earlier than that.

2) the carbonic acid from carbonation will not be dissolved in time for this weekend and it will give the beer a shape off flavor. Some people don't mind this, but it is there none the less.

In the end, I recommend waiting and serving it much much later. You will be glad you did.

 
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Old 09-18-2008, 01:59 AM   #10
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Think of it this way. If you can wait till Christmas to serve, the greenness should be gone, but it will still not be fully rounded. Wait till St. Patty's Day and It'll be nice and servable. Wait till July 4th... and you'll blow people away, but even then I'd set aside a 6er for consumption 18 months after birth... just depends on what you're looking for.

Personally I have some kegs and a fridge in preparation for kegging. BUT I will bottle my "big" biers for the reason that I don't want to have that keg staring at me for months on end... I can hide the bottles in a dark corner of a closet!

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