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Old 11-12-2007, 12:21 AM   #1
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So I racked to secondary today an AG IPA that due to the business of life and general lazyness, sat in the primary for 1 month. It tasted funny, and my first reaction was Oh S*#t, contamination!! When I got to thinking about it though, I realized I've never left a beer in the primary for more than 2 weeks. Since the flavour wasn't one I'd ever experienced, and certainly wasn't "bad," I'm wondering if the time factor could have something to do with it? I think this was a dry ale yeast.

Has anyone ever had an experience with this?

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Old 11-12-2007, 01:19 AM   #2
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Relax, don't worry, have a homebrew. It's way to early to know if your final beer is going to be good. Give it some time in secondary, and then let it bottle condition or condition in a keg. I've had plenty of beers that tasted sad out of the primary but turned out alright in the end.

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I routinely leave batches in the fermenter for 3-4 weeks. Sounds like some dry hopping might be good. Maybe it's just dried out more than you are used to.

Autolysis = sewer gas, so that isn't what you are tasting.

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How many IBUs were there? It's probably just green and needs some time for the hops to mellow a bit more.

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Thanks for the replies.

No, it's not Autolysis, and I know it's still very green, but I brew a lot of IPAs, and this is a variation of a recipe I've done several times before, so that's why this strange flavor really threw me off. Since the flavor was somewhat yeasty/grainy (though not distinctly) I wondered if the extra time on the yeast cake might be a contributor.

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Some time back I made a Weizen then had a heart attack. I couldn't lift the primary bucket for a couple of weeks.

I racked it at 34 days. It won Best of Show and Best of Style beating out over 100 beers.

I wouldn't worry about it too much.

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