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Old 06-15-2009, 10:36 PM   #1
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Hi, I am rather new to homebrewing and have brewed a Belgian Wit from a kit from William's Brewing, Home Brewing Supplies, Winemaking Supplies, and Home Coffee Roasting. @ Williams Brewing. My wife is a huge fan of Belgian Wits and I was trying to surprise her with. Yesterday, she tried a bottle and hated it. So, I took a sniff and noticed it smelled like hose water. The taste was very similar and was way off. So far, the only thing I can think of is serving it from a pitcher with a bunch of oranges in it. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to improve the taste of this beer?
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Old 06-15-2009, 11:25 PM   #2
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How long was it aged??

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Old 06-15-2009, 11:45 PM   #3
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It was aged for 14 days in the primary and then bottle aged for 21 days so far.

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Old 06-16-2009, 12:05 AM   #4
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Did you use hose water for your boil?

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Old 06-16-2009, 12:22 AM   #5
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Sure did, but I have used it before and after and have not had the same flavors. Although, I normally make a beer with much more hops. I am planning on switching to bottled spring water going forward, but that does not stop what has already happened. I am just hoping that I can somehow make this beer drinkable.

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Old 06-16-2009, 01:17 AM   #6
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A friend of mine said to use both oranges and lemmons. Would that work?

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Old 06-16-2009, 02:39 AM   #7
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What kind of yeast did you use. My hose water tastes fine,what's yours like anyway? Or do you just mean it's weak? What were you're O.G. & F.G.?

I'd just give it more time, maybe it'll come around.

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Old 06-16-2009, 02:48 AM   #8
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sounds like the recipe is off. I make a Wit every 3 weeks or so and have never had an off flavor. Try a brewers best kit or do an AG batch. I think you were short on coriander or bitter orange. The Wit is my "go to" beer while i wait on my others. Give us some brew recipe and method reicpes.

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Old 06-16-2009, 02:58 AM   #9
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I used Wyeast XL 3944 BELGIAN WITBIER for my yeast. Per the instructions with the kit, I activated it 2 days prior. My OG was 1.060 and my finial was 1.016. It was the first time I used this hose this year and I am thinking maybe there was some water left in it all winter, but I did let it run for a few minutes before filling my boil pot.

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Old 06-16-2009, 03:04 AM   #10
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Hmm horsewater witbeer. Sounds like someone fermented with brett.

wtf was I reading... hosewater != horsewater.

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