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Old 04-09-2005, 05:32 AM   #1
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Default Just bottled and tasted my Pale Ale!

I just finished a Pale Ale batch and tasted it flat. It was good...no tannin taste or astringents.

I think if it tastes good flat is should be pretty good once it's bubbly.

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Old 04-09-2005, 04:07 PM   #2
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Oh yeah, the reason I even wrote that was because it is my first batch ever. I'm tooting my own horn, thanks

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Old 04-09-2005, 05:38 PM   #3
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I taste every single batch before bottling. Even when racking to the primary or secondary...lol. Flat but good!

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Old 04-12-2005, 01:12 AM   #4
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You got that right. I've even been guilty of serving a pitcher or two during bottling. I figure if it tastes good enough why not drink it? It definately tasted better after aging a bit in the bottles and it's always nice to hear the little hiss from popping the top, but beer is beer and good is good.

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Old 04-12-2005, 01:31 AM   #5
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Hmm.. I had wondered about that. Even beer going from the primary to seconday, or secondary to bottle is carbonated a little bit.

I know there are more sanitary ways to start a siphon, but I use my mouth, as a good excuse to drink beer through a straw from a 5gallon pail.

Also, I've been known to drink a few pints of "extra new" beer if I overfill my primary a bit, and don't have room in the secondary.

Does anyone know of any style of beer, or place in the world where a very "fresh" beer (like, fermented only a week...) is actually served as a style? I don't see why it couldn't be cultivated to something unique and flavorful

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Old 04-12-2005, 01:32 AM   #6
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If a flat beer tastes good, then it is a fine beer. Cold and lots of bubbles only hide a beer's flaws, but a flat beer is like a naked beer, exposed to the world with all its flaws, complexities, and wonderful nuances hanging out. If it tastes good then (and beer can taste absolutely fantastic then), then you know you've got something. I love tasting when kegging. Sometimes it can make you decide to go for a less carbonated conditioning, or a nitro pour with a warmer serving temp to keep that flavor full on.

Congrats on your first batch! Glad it worked out so well!

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Old 04-20-2005, 04:38 PM   #7
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Me, too. I sample along the way.

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Old 04-20-2005, 04:47 PM   #8
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me too. i sorta like the beer outta the bottling bucket.

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Old 04-20-2005, 05:46 PM   #9
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Congrats! I just tried my first bottle of Pale ale last night (Sierra Nev Clone) it has been in bottles for a week, and it was delicious... (it was my second batch) WoOOOO HOOOOO for NOOOOOBS!

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Old 04-21-2005, 03:10 AM   #10
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Yeah, this one was my first batch and it turned out very well. Booya!

I've got a stout in the secondary right now. I think I'll bottle it this weekend (or buy a keg).

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