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My Irish Red - Good so far, now for conditioning

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Hi folks,

earlier this year I got good advice from the BORG to brew my own Irish Red.

Ingredients were hard to get as brewing ingredients are only available in bulk sizes in India, from specialised importers. I would need to buy hops in increments of 5 kilos!

Anyway, I picked up my nobel hops and EK Goldings on trips to Europe along with a bit of specialty grains.

Here's my Iris Red - early tasting - only 2.5 weeks in the bottle. Head was a bit weak but then it doesn't need to be huge on an Irish Red anyway. I'm pretty satisfied with the appearance. Now for the conditioning - how long does it need in the bottle to start tasting good? It was slightly medicine-y this weekend, not quite like the Irish Red I would expect. I brewed at 62-63F and went for about 20 IBU's with 4.8% ABV. It is now conditioning at 65F.

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I don't know any reason that you would want to wait at least 4 weeks in the bottle, like any other beer.  

I just made a red - Mackinac Island Red - using a recipe from Adventures in Homebrewing and at 4 weeks it's very good.

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That Mackinac looks pretty tasty.  Might have to plan a batch for the week after The Big Game.

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