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Old 01-02-2009, 01:54 AM   #1
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Default American Brown Ale Critique/Smell

I have an off smell/taste in my beer that I can't quite describe.

Morebeer American Brown Ale.
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7lbs Ultralight LME

Yeast = Safale S-04

Steeping Grains
8 oz crystal 60L
8 oz Honey Malt
4 oz Chocolate

Hops
1 oz Glacier (bittering) boiled 60 minutes
2 oz Glacier (Flavoring) 5 minutes
1 oz Cascade (Aroma) 1 minute

Whirlfloc (last 5 minutes)
4 oz priming sugar at bottling

bottled 12/13
put case in the refrigerator on 12/27

Final gravity 1.10
I carefully added the sugar at the very end (i should have added sooner). I let it sit a couple of hours in the bottling bucket (covered) before bottling.

The beer tastes okay at this point, but there is definitely a smell that shouldn't be there and I can taste something "off". I know that someone is going to ask me more about the specific smell. I know it is not the bandaid smell.

I used tap water and added a campden tablet.

The beer doesn't have a lot of foam but is carbed.

Thanks, Gary

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Old 01-02-2009, 01:57 AM   #2
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How long has it been in the bottle?

Take a read of these posts...http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/weizenbock-too-much-alcohol-taste-95437/#post1037791

If it's young don't worry about it...esides if it tastes fine...

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Old 01-02-2009, 02:25 AM   #3
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First off, relax. You said it tastes good, and we believe you. My beer always tastes like beer to me. Second, as the mighty Rev stated, it will heal itself. Third, your recipe looks pretty solid. As long as you are a sanitation droid this beer will be the libation of your dreams after a yoda-like meditation.

Sorry, my son is beating me over the head with his star-wars christmas presents, but you get the point.

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Sorry, my son is beating me over the head with his star-wars christmas presents, but you get the point.
What did he get, lightsaber?
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What did he get, lightsaber?
Pfft.. He's had the light saber for a few years. Last year it was the AT-AT, the long-legged walker thing. This year it was another AT-something. They keep the movies and cartoons coming and pump the toys out to go along with it. I've watched the newer movies with him, but I still ask questions about the toys that he wants. I wasn't into star wars when I was young, just a transformers/GI-Joe/He-Man guy. Guess I should have paid more attention.
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Old 01-02-2009, 03:02 AM   #6
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Will it matter that I refrigerated half of the batch after 14 days....meaning, can the beer heal while being refrigerated?

I was just concerned because I was reading about the extract twang, but I don't think that this is my case.

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I am new to this, but from my reading and re-reading of brewing books and lurking around this forum, I think cold-conditioning is a good way to smooth out your beer, even after bottling. If you have let it carb up already, then run a test with it and see what happens to the chilled stuff and the stuff at room temp. then let us know how it went.

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Cold condition can clear up the beer and aid final carbonation, but initial bottle ocnditioning should be around 70 degrees for up to three weeks...

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How was your temperature during fermentation?

I had some clove flavor that I didn't want one time in a regular blonde ale which mellowed out a lot with age but is still noticeable. It wasn't a flavor I was really familiar with so I was worried something went wrong. Revvy called me a noob though and everything turned out ok.

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It was in carboy for 4 weeks around 66 degrees. I really have been racking my brain trying to figure out what the smell is...I know that I've smelt something similar before, but it is nothing on the link provided above.

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