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Best way to have an ale ready in 3-4 weeks.
« on: November 24, 2011, 11:01:56 AM »
Hi, I wanna make a batch of beer this saturday (haven't decided on the style yet, probably a brown ale or a porter), and I want to have it ready for christmas dinner, so I have about 4 weeks. It has to be bottle conditioned since I don't have a keg. I always bottle condition for at least 3 weeks, I've tried the beer after two weeks, but its always better carbonated and tastes better a week after. I always do primary and secondary fermentation for a total of 2 weeks, so thats 5 weeks. What would be the best way to make it in four? Any suggestions?  ???

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Re: Best way to have an ale ready in 3-4 weeks.
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2011, 11:08:36 AM »
Getting rid of secondary would help unless you are using it for a specific reason.
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Re: Best way to have an ale ready in 3-4 weeks.
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2011, 11:38:59 AM »
Nah, I guess I can get away without it. I've only been homebrewing for about 4 or 5 months so I'm still learning a lot.

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Re: Best way to have an ale ready in 3-4 weeks.
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2011, 12:40:34 PM »
aim for a modest gravity, say 1.040 max, give it enough yeast, which for this might be just one packet but a starter wouldn't hurt. keep the temp stable around the mid to high 60's shake the wort well to aerate.  you should be fine with 1 week in primary.
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Re: Best way to have an ale ready in 3-4 weeks.
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2011, 12:45:56 PM »
I usually ferment my mid-range ales (1.040-1.060) for 10 days to 2 weeks, and bottle condition for 2 weeks.  If you need to speed up carbonation, store the bottles at a slightly higher temp... i do about 72-75* for this.
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Re: Best way to have an ale ready in 3-4 weeks.
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2011, 12:46:12 PM »
Here's a thread from when Weaze announced he was planning a "6 day IPA." A starter yeast was recommended, but if you're just getting started that could be too big a step.
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=7434.0
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Re: Best way to have an ale ready in 3-4 weeks.
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2011, 12:49:55 PM »
Thanks a lot for the tips, I hope I can have it ready by christmas to share with my family.

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Re: Best way to have an ale ready in 3-4 weeks.
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2011, 01:10:21 PM »
Four weeks is a VERY long timeline for an ale. If you pitch a standard amount of yeast, an average-gravity ale should reach FG in 3-6 days. Bottle three days after that and it should be carbonated well ahead of time. You'll probably even have a week or two left for cold conditioning to drop it bright. If your bottles aren't carbonated after 7-10 days, you're probably storing them at too low a temperature. 75°F or so is ideal.

Using one plastic bottle per batch will let you know when the beers have carbonated, without having to open them.
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Re: Best way to have an ale ready in 3-4 weeks.
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2011, 06:56:38 PM »
Use a yeast with high flocculation characteristics so it drops bright even sooner. You can certainly get by with bottling after a week, and truly my bottles are always carbed up after three days at 75. The rest is just conditioning.

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