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Old 11-17-2011, 12:35 AM   #1
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Default English Mild "session beer" tastes watery....

So i tried my first "session" style beer which was an English Mild. It turned out fairly well, but it has an initial watery taste. It does have body, but that is not evident until its almost swallowed.

My recipe:
7lb 2-row
.5lb C-60
.5lb C-120
.5lb Pale Chocolate
1oz East Kent - 60 Min
WLP002

Mash 154F for 60 Min
-Strike 3.0 Gal
-Sparge 6.0 Gal

OG:1.037
FG:1.010
ABV:3.6%

I hit all my temps right on, and everything went well on brew day.

Should i try to raise my mash temp even more if i were to try this recipe again? Or what could cause it to taste watery? I've never experienced this before.

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Old 11-17-2011, 12:38 AM   #2
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So i tried my first "session" style beer which was an English Mild. It turned out fairly well, but it has an initial watery taste. It does have body, but that is not evident until its almost swallowed.

My recipe:
7lb 2-row
.5lb C-60
.5lb C-120
.5lb Pale Chocolate
1oz East Kent - 60 Min
WLP002

Mash 154F for 60 Min
-Strike 3.0 Gal
-Sparge 6.0 Gal

OG:1.037
FG:1.010
ABV:3.6%

I hit all my temps right on, and everything went well on brew day.

Should i try to raise my mash temp even more if i were to try this recipe again? Or what could cause it to taste watery? I've never experienced this before.
i mash my session beer at 160F and dry hop them, drinking one right now and love it.
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:45 AM   #3
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You didnt happen to drink a barleywine before one of those? That will do it.Ha. How long has it been bottled?

Also,did you decide it was watery when it was warming up? Did it have good carbonation?
I wonder if a lower FG would have not made it watery.
I just notice some of my lower session beers when the last few drinks are warmer and flatter,it is just watery.

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Old 11-17-2011, 01:01 AM   #4
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What jumps at me is the use of plain old 2-row. My English beers got way better the day I started to use Maris Otter.

How long has it been on gas/in bottles ? If you're not robbing the craddle on these english beers, they can taste watery.

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Its about 4 weeks old. I carb'd in a keg with co2.

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i mash my session beer at 160F and dry hop them, drinking one right now and love it.
Whats your typical FG mashing at 160? Whats your OG?
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Its about 4 weeks old. I carb'd in a keg with co2.
When did you get it off the yeast ?
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When did you get it off the yeast ?
It was on the yeast for about 10 days. Then racked into a keg and been on gas since.
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Is 10 days too early? It is for me, but never made that low of a session beer, i also bottle conditon for months. Im willing to be this has something to do with it?
Im drinking a beer right now that seems low carbonated and as i drink it it seems to be getting more watery, How is your carbonation?

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It was on the yeast for about 10 days. Then racked into a keg and been on gas since.
Hmm, I don't know what to tell you then (I have had a mild sit too long on the cake and it was lifeless), other than try a Maris Otter base and mash a bit higher.
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