Mine took more like a month or so to mellow, but it was at a level that you could pour and a lot of it would blow off and the beeer was drinkable.
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one thing to try (majorvices helped me with this a couple years back) is to hook the gas up to the beer side and bubble the CO2 up through the beer - will help release some of the sulfur.
[I'd recommend no more than an oz. of carafa. I've switched to Sinamar for coloring alts and prefer that to carafa.
Wow its hard to believe those malts weren't available twelve years ago. Of course his research was probably based on experiences from another ten to twenty years prior, with no internet.
I do think 5% crystal in an alt isn't a bad level is it? Thats what was in his altstadt recipe. Thats a pretty modest amount.
I started brewing in March of 1998, just under 13 years ago. I've seen a huge increase in the availability of ingredients in that time.