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Old 12-01-2012, 03:28 PM   #21
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Just remember to practice what Revvy preaches.. Patience patience patience... I let mine ferment for 3 weeks, plan on letting it sit in bottles 3 more. I didn't use a secondary, just let it sit in the primary. I also fret over every thing... Had not to as I'm only on my second batch. Good luck!

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Old 12-01-2012, 08:50 PM   #22
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Keep in mind that one of the signs of oxidation is a darkening of the beer. Since you had a ton of headspace in the carboy, it's possible that oxidation is a cause of at least some of it.

That and if you boiled extract, it will darken it as well.

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Old 12-01-2012, 09:33 PM   #23
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I had Brewers best kits from my local store and they all turned out dark. I think cos the ingredients were sitting on the shelf for a while. Now I buy from Austin Home Brew and 5 kits into their service, and I have not had one beer turned bad,

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Old 12-01-2012, 09:51 PM   #24
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In the future, when your beer is six days old, leave it be.
The beer is still actively fermenting and there is no good reason to move it, but there is increased chance of infection plus you still want all that yeast in the beer at this stage.

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Old 12-02-2012, 12:04 AM   #25
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My last two batches I didn't bother with a secondary. The paper that came with the kit recommended racking to a secondary when the fermentation slowed, but before it stopped. The only reason I decided to do a secondary on this on was because I was going to be gone for about 3 weeks and was concerned the extra time spent on the sediment might impart some undesirable off-flavors. I had read somewhere that leaving it in the sediment too long could cause problems.

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Old 12-02-2012, 03:17 AM   #26
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There isn't consensus on the value of a secondary, but certainly anyone would tell you that the extra few weeks in the primary won't hurt anything.
There's a learning curve to this for sure, but this website is one tool that can shorten the curve.

Lucky for everyone, you can actually make quite a few mistakes and still get pretty good beer.
That helps keep people from being discouraged.

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Yeah, that's one thing I've been seeing a lot lately. In hindsight, I would have just left it in the primary, but oh well, lessons learned. It didn't taste terrible, so I went ahead and bottled it. We'll see what happens in the next few weeks.

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The best I can say right now if your description is "didn't taste terrible", is to let it have some time.
Two months can make the difference between unpleasant beer and great beer.

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Well, here we are, two weeks in the bottle. It's still quite dark (although not black). The flavor has evened out a bit, it doesn't really change drastically mid-quaff. It's still pretty dry and bitter, but that part has mellowed a bit. It does have somewhat of a chemically taste in the finish that my wife describe as "ew, plastic." I wouldn't say it tastes like plastic, but it was a chemically taste. I figure I'll let it sit for another couple weeks and try another.

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