So my first home brew is 12 days from extract. (8 in primary and 4 in secondary)
It was an AHS amber ale (on special for $20). I did just about everything wrong while making this beer.
I pitched the yeast at about 95F, fermented for the first 24 hours at about 86F, and started the siphon during racking with my mouth (w/o vodka).
During racking, my fiancee came in from the other room to see "what's that banana smell?" Obviously from the high ferm temps.
So I thought I'd take a sample today to see just how bad it was, and expected a banana fusel cocktail.
I have to say though.....it was actually pretty damn good for flat, warm beer!
I tried everything I could to ruin this batch and so far its been pretty good. I can't wait until its had another couple weeks in the secondary and then some in the keg.
I especially can't wait for my second brew (Texas Blonde Ale), in which I applied my lessons learned, and hope to produce a much better beer.