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Old 07-26-2007, 12:25 PM   #1
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Well last night bottling was quite the exciting time. I had started around 830 or so, cleaned out a bunch of bottles. I knew my first batch AG was slightly less than 5 gallons and that I had drank most of my first batch by this point, which was around 50 or so bottles. I had also gotten new ones from friends and what not, so I wasn't worried about having enough bottles. Well as i was bottling I noticed wow this seems like i'm going though most my bottles fairly fast...hm so i got off the floor and looked into the bottling bucket....hm, about 1/3 left, and 1 bottle left. So what was the only logical thing to do? Drink a bunch of my beers from previous batches, have a friend over and try to get about 10-15 more bottles. Well after 2 hours, beerfest, 1 pizza had enough bottles to finish bottling. Was quite the night, the friend that came over said he wants to always bbe there for bottling time.

On a more serious note, when i smelled the beer/tasted the very end it smelt very sweet and tasted basically like grain water. I used the recipe for Eds House Ale. Is this smell/taste normal for AG? or did i go wrong?
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Old 07-26-2007, 12:40 PM   #2
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On a more serious note, when i smelled the beer/tasted the very end it smelt very sweet and tasted basically like grain water. I used the recipe for Eds House Ale. Is this smell/taste normal for AG? or did i go wrong?
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My 4 bottled AG batches haven't struck me as being all that much different from PM/Extract batches in those respects.... You are just gonna have to wait it out and see how it tastes after some conditioning.
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Old 07-26-2007, 12:49 PM   #3
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Did you follow Ed's recipe pretty closely? What was your OG and FG? If it smelled/tasted sweet-bitter, like unfermented wort, then it's all too possible that you had a stuck fermentation....meaning, if I'm right, you just may end up with gushers or bottle bombs. So what was your FG?

I have a batch of the Haus Pale that I'm bottling this weekend, and it tastes awesome out of the carboy. My FG is around 1.012.

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My hydrometer decided to take a leap during the brewing of session to its death. So no opening and closing. It fermented really well I thought..went strong for about 2-3 days then i let it sit for about a week...and bottled...we'll see how it comes out I really hope it works well as I have a brew day planned for Saturday. Going to get a new hydrometer too!
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Yeah, strong ferments don't necessarily mean finished ferments. You'll have to wait and see, I guess, but normally, finished uncarbonated beers don't taste weirdly sweet. Sure, you've got to factor in the priming sugar, but that's not usually enough to make a huge difference in the taste. Did you stir your priming solution into the beer really well?

Good luck. Bottle bombs are no fun...pray that you don't get any!

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you guys have me all worried that im' going to go home and find my room shot to pieces with bottle bombs!
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So, how long did it actually ferment? 1 week total or 9-10 days? That's kind of a short fermentation. You may want to put those bottles somewhere where they can't do much damage, and cover them up.

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I did it for 10 days. Was what his recipe said I think=\. They are in my beer closet, it is a nice little closed thing but they are ontop of my other fermenters....we'll see what it looks like when i get home.
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if you have a basement or an extra fridge, cooler temp's may help.

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I bet you're fine. It's not a big beer and I doubt the SG would've dropped much (if any) after 10 days. Since you bottled so soon though, the bottles may benefit from a little more conditioning time before you start drinking.

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