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Offline daubon

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Can I brew and drink an Ale within a week?
« on: December 05, 2009, 08:17:02 AM »
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

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Re: Can I brew and drink an Ale within a week?
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2009, 09:06:00 AM »
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.

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Re: Can I brew and drink an Ale within a week?
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2009, 09:32:11 AM »
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.
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Re: Can I brew and drink an Ale within a week?
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2009, 11:13:54 AM »
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!
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Re: Can I brew and drink an Ale within a week?
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2009, 12:41:45 PM »
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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Re: Can I brew and drink an Ale within a week?
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2009, 06:53:22 PM »
I would go for a 4% hefe. Low gravity, cloudy finish, ferment slightly warn (70F)

this should finish in 3-5 days.

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Re: Can I brew and drink an Ale within a week?
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2009, 07:27:42 PM »
I have gone grain to glass with a mild 3.5% ABV in 8 days.

Lots of yeast, and it was kegged, and served on handpump.
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Re: Can I brew and drink an Ale within a week?
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2009, 08:41:45 AM »
Thanks for your input guys.  If I decide to do this experiment I will inform you of the results!
Merry Drinking!
Pepe Daubon

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Re: Can I brew and drink an Ale within a week?
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2009, 09:50:15 AM »
I have a 1 week wheat that I have brewed more than once, but its always better after 2 weeks.  Its a lower gravity, about 1.045, lager and wheat malt (approx 30%), and fermented with wyeast belgian wheat yeast.  It is usually at terminal gravity after a week, but as I said it is better after two. 
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Re: Can I brew and drink an Ale within a week?
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2009, 01:43:25 PM »
I would suggest a hefe or american wheat. Try it at home before you go to see if you want to go it with your brother. If you don't like the trial beer after a week let it ferment longer and cancel the Christmas beer plan.
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