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Old 02-12-2011, 01:45 AM   #11
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I would give the bottles a few turns to knock the yeast back into suspension and give it more time.

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+1 on giving it more time. The porter I'm drinking now was a very different beer at 3 weeks than it was at 6 weeks. Much better flavor, carbonation, aroma, etc the longer it sat.

I hope it matures and tastes great for you!

Your best bet is to just brew the same recipe again, just to be sure
Leave it in primary a while longer though...let the yeast clean up more.

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Old 02-12-2011, 02:34 AM   #13
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My very first brew I made the mistake of adding the VERY hot 3/4 cup sugar water solution to my bottling bucket and then siphoning the beer into it without letting the solution cool to yeast pitching temperatures.

I probably killed a bit of yeast. My beer took much longer that usual to really fully carbonate, but eventually it did and it was great.

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I haven't brewed a porter yet but I think you bottled it way too quickly. I keep my beers fermenting for at least 3 weeks. Sometimes I go 2 weeks before starting to take hydrometer readings just because I know I want my beer to be in primary for a while to let the yeast do its work and to clear up the beer.

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Old 02-12-2011, 02:40 AM   #15
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I haven't brewed a porter yet but I think you bottled it way too quickly. I keep my beers fermenting for at least 3 weeks.
Yup. Porter needs a lot more time than 8 days.

EDIT: a lot more time than 8 days in primary is what I meant. Leave that delicious nectar of the gods for at least 2 weeks.
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As Revvy would say, time heals all things, even beer.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/neve...en-beer-73254/

Darker beers, like porters and stouts, don't get really good until they condition for a couple months. Considering how early it was bottled, even though it probably had hit FG, it will probably be another 4-6 weeks before it's really good. Every stout I have done hasn't tasted really good until around 10-12 weeks from brew day.

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hey KCBrewer...I noticed you have some Cherry Chocolate Stout on tap. I'm brewing a cherry oatmeal chocolate stout this weekend with some Monmorency tart cherry concentrated extract for flavoring in secondary. What did you use for the cherry flavor...cherries, flavoring, concentrate/extract?

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My very first brew I made the mistake of adding the VERY hot 3/4 cup sugar water solution to my bottling bucket and then siphoning the beer into it without letting the solution cool to yeast pitching temperatures.

I probably killed a bit of yeast. My beer took much longer that usual to really fully carbonate, but eventually it did and it was great.
Your hot 3/4 cup of priming solution probably had zero impact on your beer carbonation. 3/4 cup of hot liquid quickly gets cooled down by the 5 gallons of beer. There is no need to cool your priming sugar.
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hey KCBrewer...I noticed you have some Cherry Chocolate Stout on tap. I'm brewing a cherry oatmeal chocolate stout this weekend with some Monmorency tart cherry concentrated extract for flavoring in secondary. What did you use for the cherry flavor...cherries, flavoring, concentrate/extract?
I used canned cherries. I will probably use a little extract as well the next time to up the flavor, as well as adding at least 1lb of lactose to the boil since mine came out very dry.

Here's a link to the thread from when I did it.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/reco...colate-175143/
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I brewed the same kit in December, left it in the primary for 4 weeks and then bottled in early Jan. Now, after a little more than 5 weeks in the bottle it is just starting to taste OK.

So if you wait a bit longer, it will continue to get better.

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