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Offline euge

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Re: tips for turning beer around quickly
« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2010, 12:58:40 pm »
And it depends why and who your audience is. A crowd of beer drinkers might not realize that it isn't perfection (if it falls short of our expectations), but then again it might be just right for the situation.

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Offline JKL

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Re: tips for turning beer around quickly
« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2010, 02:11:30 pm »
It doesn't have to be extract. But it's quick and easy. ;)

I brewed my 1st all-grain 8 years ago and served it in 11 days for a Christmas Party.  4 days in primary, crash cooled and cold  conditioned in a keg for a week.  Sad to say it was one of the best beers I've brewed to date.  Even more sad is the notes I took while brewing it.  I've tried to recreate the beer twice with no luck.  All I know is 2-row, crystal, and victory malts.  A weird combination of Cascade, Fuggle, and EKG's every 15 minutes, and WLP023 Burton Ale yeast.  Maybe someday I'll try again?

Offline Malticulous

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Re: tips for turning beer around quickly
« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2010, 06:39:56 pm »
Pitch a lot of yeast cold and ramp up the temp as fermentation progresses. Give it a day or two attenuation/diacetyl rest after fermentation appears to have stopped. Crash cool with finnings for two to three days then bottle or keg. I do this with a 1.047 Cream ale and it's ready in less then two weeks with bottle conditioning.

Offline abraxas

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Re: tips for turning beer around quickly
« Reply #18 on: November 05, 2010, 06:46:48 am »
My light amarillo wheat pale (~4-4.5%) was very drinkable if not best at two weeks.  I pitch a good amount of healthy, high flocculating yeast (Scottish), keep it cool for a day or two and then bring it up to about 70F for a week.  Crash cool for a couple of days, transfer and then carb in the cooler. 

If I had to I bet I could use the following schedule successfully:
Day 1: Brew and pitch yeast (keep cool)
Day 3: Raise to 70F
Day 5: Crash cool
Day 7: Transfer and force carb using 20 minute shake method, let settle for a few hours and drink

In place of a highly flocculating yeast, filtration or fining agents would be another option, I see getting the yeast out of suspension as being very important to a quickly turned-around beer.  I'd also keep the SRM levels low as in my experience darker beers need some time (phenolic reactions and settling?).

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Offline markaberrant

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Re: tips for turning beer around quickly
« Reply #19 on: November 08, 2010, 08:53:58 am »
The keys are
- pitch lots of healthy yeast
- inject lots of O2
- start fermentation cool, then ramp up

Once I started doing all of these things, my beers started tasting better AND much sooner. 

Aside from that, choose a lower gravity recipe.  Select a yeast that either flocs well, or choose a style where a bit of haze isn't an issue.

I find all beer will taste yeasty when fermentation first finishes... duh, there is a ton of yeast still in suspension.  Then for a few days (up to a week, sometimes two), it will taste very grainy/doughy.  You can somewhat mask this with a flavourful yeast (ie; weizen), or lots of late/dry hops.