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Old 10-18-2012, 04:18 AM   #1
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Default All of our beers taste nothing special..

For example we brewed an IPA and it tastes like an IPA but it tastes generic as hell. 60 bucks and nothing special.

Where are we going wrong?

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Old 10-18-2012, 04:25 AM   #2
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:33 AM   #3
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lol!

There is a video floating around. Im sure someone can post it for you. It talks about beers tasting like "Brown." It altered how I think about recipes. I suggest taking a look.

Does anyone know what I'm talking about??
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:48 AM   #4
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Sometimes beers just taste like beers. If you want to get unique beers then you have to do unique things. Use different hop combinations in a pale ale or use unique additives like cacao nibs in a stout. Sometimes it can be as simple as you are adding too much to it. An IPA with 10 different hops would taste generic to my palate where a nice 3 hop combo would leave me intrigued and trying to pick out the unique flavors. Most of all you should forget about the cost if you can. Don't think a 60 dollar batch will rock purely because it costs more.

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Old 10-18-2012, 04:57 AM   #6
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For example we brewed an IPA and it tastes like an IPA but it tastes generic as hell. 60 bucks and nothing special.

Where are we going wrong?
Two things,

1) There's no guarantee on the kit that says what you will get will be mind blowing. You will get beer. I've had good ones. I've had a few great ones and one or two that were...drinkable. You brewed an IPA that tastes like an IPA. To me that doesn't really stand out as an issue.

2) Where are you going wrong? Well, being that your original post is not exactly chock full o' information, it is hard to suggest what to try next. What types of kits are you brewing? What are you techniques? What beers do you like? The FIRST, not last, transmission back to NASA is "Houston we have a problem," it can't end there.

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Old 10-18-2012, 04:58 AM   #7
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We are doing all grain


This IPA had like 4 different hops in it and tons of a ****ing grain

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Seriously... Is there a commercial beer that you would be stoked to replicate. For me they are Bridgeport IPA and SN Torpedo.

Then based on what you like. What would you like more that is not available commercially. For me it is a true Session Ipa, a toned down alcohol content but all other characters like IPA, mouthfeel, carbonation, 'hop forward', etc.

Let's work on your next recipe. I have some other really cool recipes i.e. 'dry hop porter'.

It would also be helpful to know what your equipment is like... mash tun/ LT and Kettle.

Lastly, in an IPA where you have spent $60 you should be getting a good bit of hops, using them to their fullest and finding quality hops are critical.

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Wow.. yeah our beer tastes brown pretty much describes it.
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Seriously... Is there a commercial beer that you would be stoked to replicate. For me they are Bridgeport IPA and SN Torpedo.

Then based on what you like. What would you like more that is not available commercially. For me it is a true Session Ipa, a toned down alcohol content but all other characters like IPA, mouthfeel, carbonation, 'hop forward', etc.

Let's work on your next recipe. I have some other really cool recipes i.e. 'dry hop porter'.

It would also be helpful to know what your equipment is like... mash tun/ LT and Kettle.

Lastly, in an IPA where you have spent $60 you should be getting a good bit of hops, using them to their fullest and finding quality hops are critical.
Well, we have a good amount of equipment built a mash from a cooler. kinda small wort chiller we built too. It can't however take all 6 gallons of water at once so we have to split it up. We have a thermometer thats very precise digital. Alum pot and gas burner. Better bottles and we only have a swamp cooler for a fermenter but we only do ales so don't see this as a problem. We keg too.
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