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Old 04-02-2009, 11:02 PM   #1
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Default Should I pitch it?

I attempted to make a Belgian Quad. Efficiency was low, but overall my process was sound. However, I screwed up on maintaining a good frementation temp. It was way too high and went from 1.083 to 1.010 in about 3 days. It tastes like cardboard soaked in turpentine. Vegetal notes too. It's been about 1 month in primary and 1 in secondary, and still tastes awful.

So, I'm thinking of pouring it down the drain, as opposed to going through the effort of bottling it all. I don't know if it's possible to "save it", but I sure hate parting with it after all the hard work...

So, should I bite the bullet and pitch it?

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Old 04-02-2009, 11:04 PM   #2
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NO! Save it. I will personally cockpunch anybody the recommends otherwise.

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Old 04-02-2009, 11:05 PM   #3
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No friggin' way!

You better bottle that beast. It'll take at least 6 more months before you take a good taste. Don't mess up man! Bottle that beer.

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Old 04-02-2009, 11:07 PM   #4
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Yeah, if you have the fermenter space, stuff it in some dark corner for a year and give it another try. Just remember to refill your airlock from time to time.

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Old 04-03-2009, 01:25 AM   #5
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I know age can mellow some things; but possible DMS, oxidation, and fusels?

I did put oak chips in per my original plan, which is lending a vanilla note. But still, it's got a ways to go...

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Old 04-03-2009, 04:38 AM   #6
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Fusel won't go away, but do you know that's what you have? As long as you have the space what's the harm in letting it set for a year?

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Old 04-03-2009, 09:20 PM   #7
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Alright, I am going to bottle it and cross my fingers that it turns out OK. I hadn't planned on touching it until Christmas, so we'll see then.

Thanks for the input.

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Thread revival!

I posted this almost 2 years ago. I want all new or less-confident brewers to know - Don't dump your beer!

I entered this into several contests. Scores averaged 39. Scores were much better after the 1 year mark. Won 2nd and 3rd place in separate competitions. Judges asked for the recipe on the score sheets.

It may take 6+ months for a big beer, but it is worth the wait. Don't make a rash decision and dump a beer!
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That's promising news. I have a Lemon Light Ale that tasted like dish soap the first couple of weeks. It's kegged and I'm just going to let it mellow until spring and see how it goes.

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Thread revival!

I posted this almost 2 years ago. I want all new or less-confident brewers to know - Don't dump your beer!

I entered this into several contests. Scores averaged 39. Scores were much better after the 1 year mark. Won 2nd and 3rd place in separate competitions. Judges asked for the recipe on the score sheets.

It may take 6+ months for a big beer, but it is worth the wait. Don't make a rash decision and dump a beer!
39 is a really good beer, congrats and +1 to never dumping your beer, we've had numerous undrinkable 3 month old beers that were excellent after a year, or two.
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