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Can I brew and drink an Ale within a week?

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Anybody have any experience with making a 3 day Ale?  I will be visiting my brother this Christmas for 8 days and propose to brew an Ale on the day I arrive and speculate wether I can force carbonate by the 4th day.  I do plan on having a good 1.5L starter ready on brew day.

Let me know


Pepe Daubon

I guess it depends on how much you like your brother.
Even breweries that can shave time off the process can't turn a drinkable beer around that fast.

You may be able to pull it off, but I doubt it.  I certainly have never been able to do a batch faster than 11 days.  Personally, I don't think I'd waste my time on it.  YMMV.

I've had a stout once that was 4 days old and was pretty freaking amazing. That was done by MB Raines (aka she of the super Yeast knowledge)

I also managed to turn a mild around in about 5, but that was pushing it quickly. Lots of yeast, lots of O2 and a little bit of luck!

English Mild or Hefe/Wit would probably work.

I've never done anything under 2 weeks, just never been in a hurry I guess.



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