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Just wondering - conditioning time


Grandmaster Brewer
Dec 10, 2008
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North of Kalifornia
Why some brews might only need 3 - 4 weeks to taste great (nice and smooth) while others can require 6 - 8 weeks of bottle conditioning. I'm doing extract and grains - I'm splitting the malt and doing late additions.

Not a major issue just curious - any science to this ?
Alcohol/gravity and the style help drive that difference.  I've bottled wits/wheats after 10 days primary only. 

More alcohol, and different types of alcohol takes longer to smooth and mellow.  A more complicated grain bill takes longer to meld into one complex blend.  So a barleywine or Dark Strong would take longer than a blonde or amber.