I recently attempted a California Common beer with WLP810. It was a 2 gallon batch, and my first AG BIAB. I opened one of the bottle conditioned brews to see how carbonation was going along and I got a harsh alcohol/burning sensation along with fruity esters. The color, clarity, and some of the background malt flavor was enjoyable. These off-flavors overpower the beer and then I had a horrible headache the next morning (only drank one of these and one other homebrew so probably not from over-indulgence). My question is more of whether this off-flavor would be likely to be fusel alcohols. The flavor was not there at time of yeast pitch.
Recipe (2 gallon):
(Mashed at 150 for an hour with a 1/4 tsp gypsum)
0.25oz Northern Brewer @60
0.25oz Northern Brewer @10
1/4 tsp Irish Moss
1/2 tsp Yeast Nutrient into primary
2 vials of WLP810, added to a 0.8L starter (packages were older but used yeast viability calculator to determine a pitch rate of just under 200billion cells)
Pitched at 61F, allowed to get up as high as 66F, and fermented in two 1 gallon glass carboys for 3 weeks. Cold crashed then bottled and conditioned for 14 days. Bottles were conditioned with 1.8oz corn sugar for goal of 2.5 volumes.
Any feedback is appreciated!