I saw this challenge last week and decided to give it a try. I have a Ordinary Bitters recipe that i developed to give this a go. It was perfect timing because this weekend we are having a family get together and I'll debut it there along with the red ale I made weeks before.
Cooley's 7 day Ale (makes 11 gallons)
Brew house Efficiency 68%
60 minute boil
13 lbs 2 row
3 lbs crystal 40
2 oz Fuggles 60 minutes
1 oz Kent Goldings 15 minutes left
1 oz Kent Goldings 5 minutes left
4 pkgs Safale SO-4
Here is a picture of what it looks like
My week went like this.
Friday 2pm Pitch yeast
Sunday Evening when fermentation was complete put fermenting bucket in fridge.
Tuesday Evening siphon to keg and force carbonate at 30 psi
Thursday Morning move Keg to serving fridge.
Thursday Evening partake in beer.
The fermentation took off and because of that and the unusually warm weather this time of year this beer fermented on the higher end of its accepted range and a bit over. I normally try to keep the beer on the colder end of it's excepted temperature range, but with trying to knock a beer out quick, fermenting on the higher end of its excepted temperature range might be required to keep the yeasts at fully active. Keeping a close eye on temperatures is what i would do next time. The beer does taste a bit young, it may not win any competitions but if I needed beer in a pinch this would work nicely.
There was not a lot of time to take gravity readings so when I hit my Target Gravity i just said it was done and began chilling it. Normally i let a beer sit for another few days to confirm fermentation was complete. Considering I'm a few days under the limit I would add that into my schedule next time.
This was the first time I've ever brewed a beer below 1.050, I normally stick with Denny's mantra of "Life starts at 60... 1.060 that is" it was a nice experiment for me and will give me something nice and light to drink on those hot summer days.
I hope this gives everyone a decent view into my brewing week if you have any question I'll try and answer them the best i can.