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Old 08-19-2008, 03:04 PM   #1
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My fement temps got too high, seems like a theme here, and when sampled, my Christmas Ale had an alcohol zing to it. Will time fix this?

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Old 08-19-2008, 03:06 PM   #2
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Time Heals all.

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Read this http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=73254

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Thanks, so it could be okay by Christmas? The alcohol burn was there, followed by a pronounced cinnamon taste. I steeped with four cinn. sticks, although I'm sure it is fusel.

Revvy, you were quicker in the draw, so it might need more time than a couple months, oh well, I guess I can do another while this heals.

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It'll probably be tasty by Christmas.

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Thanks, so it could be okay by Christmas? The alcohol burn was there, followed by a pronounced cinnamon taste. I steeped with four cinn. sticks, although I'm sure it is fusel.
Since we're dealing with a living product, there's no definite answer as to how long...the several months til Christmas will do wonders.

(Have you had someone else with more experience diagnos your beer's condition? Quite a lot of new brewer's self diagnosis tend to be wrong, and nothing more than green beer.)
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Since we're dealing with a living product, there's no definite answer as to how long...the several months til Christmas will do wonders.

(Have you had someone else with more experience diagnos your beer's condition? Quite a lot of new brewer's self diagnosis tend to be wrong, and nothing more than green beer.)
No I haven't. First, some disclosure. I brewed this last Thursday, the 14th. It had a SG of 1.066, and yesterday evening it was 1.014 ( know, very young).

5 lbs light lme
3 lbs amber dme
1.75 lbs Munich steepd
.5 Crystal 80L steeped
.25 Chocolate steeped

5 cinnamon sticks 5 min. boil
2 oz fresh grated ginger 5 min boil (I didn't weigh it, so it was probably closer to 2 oz on retrospect). D'oh!!
2 oz orange peel 15 min boil

During the ferment, the vapors coming out of the airlock was annoying to the nose. I wondering know if it isn't the ginger/cinnamon. I hope I didn't overdue it on the ginger. If so, it will hopefully mellow.
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Well, i had an Irish Red that fermented in the high 70s....it produced horrible fusel notes. Over a year later, it was still bad. Its the only dumper batch I ever brewed.

Sounds like others have had better luck than me. Hope you fall on their side!

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AFAIK fusels do NOT age out.

but, I've never had fusel formation so I can't speak from experience. I want your beer to be tastey though!

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Since we're dealing with a living product, there's no definite answer as to how long...the several months til Christmas will do wonders.

(Have you had someone else with more experience diagnos your beer's condition? Quite a lot of new brewer's self diagnosis tend to be wrong, and nothing more than green beer.)
I pulled about 6 ounces and tasted it and believe it is the ginger and cinnamon that gave me the "hot" taste. I assumed, due to the higher temp, that it was fusel. Of course, this is a horse of a different color. I think the spices will settle down.
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