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Old 09-01-2009, 10:19 PM   #1
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Default Bland nut brown ale...any tips?

I've finally tasted my first batch...a nut brown ale which has been in the bottle for 3 weeks. It fermented for 30 days before bottling.

It was well carbonated and was drinkable, but it didn't have much flavor. Is this because it's still green? Will more time help? I'm getting ready to brew another batch, but would like to correct any mistakes I've made so far to improve my next batch.

I also noticed some bits of yeast floating around in the bottles. My assumption is that that would normally be on the bottom of the bottle, but since I took some of the bottles over to my friends house in the car, it got a little bit stirred up.

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Old 09-01-2009, 10:34 PM   #2
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Did by any chance you use muntons carbonation caps to carbonate with?
If so they are notorious for leaving what is called floaties.

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Old 09-01-2009, 11:26 PM   #3
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The recipe would help here, also there are different quality, "kits" so fill us in so we can help.

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try venturing out with some specialty grains, that will help.

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Old 09-02-2009, 04:20 PM   #5
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It was a partial grain kit from Keystone Homebrew in Bethlehem, PA. The grain was fresh and was cracked when I bought the kit. I'll post the recipe when I get home since I don't have it with me. Also, I used regular priming sugar...not the carb tabs.

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Old 09-02-2009, 04:22 PM   #6
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You might try adding a little Essence of Emeril. BAM! That'll kick it up a notch.

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Old 09-02-2009, 04:49 PM   #7
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I also noticed some bits of yeast floating around in the bottles. My assumption is that that would normally be on the bottom of the bottle, but since I took some of the bottles over to my friends house in the car, it got a little bit stirred up.
I think your assumption is right on with this. A few days in the fridge will get that yeast to drop out, but moving the bottles can stir it up for sure.

And post that recipe when you get home. It'll be the best way for us to know where to help.
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Do you mean watery or just a lack of wonderful flavor. I've made both and the lack of flavor is lack of a good recipe. I've made some great browns mini-mash style but my first attempt was rather bland.

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Lack of flavor. My friend and I (who are both beer geeks) agreed with each other. We were worried that it wasn't going to be carbonated enough. That wasn't the problem at all. The carbonation was actually perfect and he and I both remarked at how we noticed the carbonation much more than the flavor. It wasn't watery at all...just bland. Not enough body or something. It wasn't bad...just not flavorful.

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i can't promise this, but i bet it will get better as it sits in the bottle for a while. make sure to set aside a 6 pack to test months down the road (if you can wait).

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