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Post Sat Apr 08, 2006 1:03 pm

how long after bottling til you drink your beer

Ive got maybe a dozen brews under my belt so far, half AG and half with extracts, ive heard differnt things from people, from 2 weeks to 1 month or more, just wondering how long you guys usualy wait after bottling before you crack one open 8)
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barada83

Post Sat Apr 08, 2006 1:08 pm

Personally, I wait at least 3 weeks after bottling to begin "sampling" normal beers. However, some exceptions are made for faster fermenting and less aged beers like hefes.
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Post Sat Apr 08, 2006 1:12 pm

2 weeks minimum for summer ales. I waited over two months before sampling my Imperial Stout. It all depends on the beer and carbonating temps.
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Post Sat Apr 08, 2006 1:56 pm

I usually crack them open at one week to check carbonation status. By then they are usually almost sufficiently carbonated, definately enough to enjoy. I'll usually wait a few days and then start drinking them continuously from there. Except when it's a bigger beer and I'm bottle aging, but that depends all on the style.
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khu

Post Sat Apr 08, 2006 2:25 pm

I bottle one brew each batch in a transparent plastic pop bottle. When it's rigid and pressurized, then it obviously indicates that the beer has fully carbonated. After that, it usually takes another 1-2 weeks before the beer starts tasting as it should.
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Post Sat Apr 08, 2006 2:43 pm

I usually try to wait three weeks or more, but I often crack one open after a week or so when I can't resist.
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Post Sat Apr 08, 2006 2:48 pm

I like to track the progress by sampling one bottle a week from the time it's carbonated until its "done".
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Post Sat Apr 08, 2006 3:55 pm

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tech77

Post Sat Apr 08, 2006 4:04 pm

3 week minimum for me, but longer if I have an iron will. Usually my brew is best when I'm down to the last few bottles. ...
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motornutz

Post Sat Apr 08, 2006 4:40 pm

i wait 3 weeks too, my batch of cider was flat for at least a month
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SirBrewington

Post Sat Apr 08, 2006 7:04 pm

I usually don't open the first bottle till three weeks......then it's one per week till it's right.....then I wait another week and start drinking them.
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Post Sat Apr 08, 2006 7:23 pm

My habit is to set aside the first and last bottles of a batch. . . then in one week and again at two weeks I open a single bottle as a "taste & report" checkup. Then I leave them until three weeks or longer for my heavier style ales. Taste seems to hit a point in and about the three week mark that is worth the wait I think.
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finburger

Post Sun Apr 09, 2006 9:02 am

I sample after one week and two weeks to educate my palate.
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Post Sun Apr 09, 2006 10:02 am

Well, I have no will at all. Sometimes I will try a bottle at 3-5 days. Sometimes, there is enough Carbonation for it to be enjoyable. Then I will try 3-5days later. If it is really good, I may have 2-3 of them.

One thing to point out, If it is a really big beer, I will wait three weeks before I even pop one open.

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Post Sun Apr 09, 2006 10:28 am

WALDO wrote:Well, I have no will at all. Sometimes I will try a bottle at 3-5 days. Sometimes, there is enough Carbonation for it to be enjoyable. Then I will try 3-5days later. If it is really good, I may have 2-3 of them.

One thing to point out, If it is a really big beer, I will wait three weeks before I even pop one open.

Sorry, no self control!! :roll:


I'm in the same boat just have no control, I'll wait a week and try one If there flat wait another. I'm on my 8 or 9th batch and none have made it to three weeks, especially with the crew I know. I've noticed they get better as I get to the last ones.
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