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Old 02-18-2014, 12:19 AM   #11
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A little whine with my beer...

So, I let the bottles condition for 3 weeks, 65-68 degrees (best I could do under the circumstances). Put a bottle in the fridge for 24 hrs. and cracked it Sat. nite, all ready to celebrate my masterpiece. If mistakes are the way we learn, then I guess I stand to learn quite a bit. Beer tastes just plain weird. Cap hardly fizzed when I popped it, hardly any head in the glass, but it was very carbonated on the tongue. It had a taste uncharacteristic of what I expected a Nut Brown Ale to taste like. Not a malty, nutty taste and no hint of a hop finish. The best way I can describe the taste is "one-dimensional", strongly "grassy" with a slight "tang" finish. Not particularly pleasurable, not drinkable.

I made a couple of errors in the process, like boiling the finish hops in the grain bag. And super-squeezing the liquid out of the steep bag and adding it back to the boil. Due to lack of clarity in the instructions, the wort was about 85 degrees when I pitched the yeast. And, of course, no finishing hops, since they went into the initial boil. And prob too cool a temp during conditioning.

I put a few bottles in the fridge today and I'll crack one every couple days just to compare. Hopefully, that first one was a fluke, but I don't think so.

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Old 02-18-2014, 12:41 AM   #12
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I say try one a week...and when you put them in the fridge...leave it there for three days. Then I bet you find the carb has blended into the whole beer. Being a bit darker beer...from what I understand they can take longer to mature...perhaps that is what you are seeing.

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Old 02-18-2014, 02:36 PM   #13
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I'll give it more time in the fridge, trying one about every week and see if the carbonation has mixed in. Hey, if nothing else, I have some beer to do some cooking with!

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UPDATE: So, I considered the fine advice of you vets here, but after that first tasting, I wasn't encouraged. After another week of conditioning, I decided to use half of one of my beers in a meatloaf recipe, since I figured if it weren't going to be drinkable, I might just as well using it for something. Instead of wasting the remaining half, I decided to drink it. And WOW! It was a whole different taste than the week before! Delicious! Quality Control demanded I try another bottle, and WOW! again. And WOW's from others who have tried it also. So, thanks everyone for your encouragement and wisdom.

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UPDATE: So, I considered the fine advice of you vets here, but after that first tasting, I wasn't encouraged. After another week of conditioning, I decided to use half of one of my beers in a meatloaf recipe, since I figured if it weren't going to be drinkable, I might just as well using it for something. Instead of wasting the remaining half, I decided to drink it. And WOW! It was a whole different taste than the week before! Delicious! Quality Control demanded I try another bottle, and WOW! again. And WOW's from others who have tried it also. So, thanks everyone for your encouragement and wisdom.
So how did the meatloaf turn out? I have not thought of using beer in a meatloaf recipe.
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UPDATE: So, I considered the fine advice of you vets here, but after that first tasting, I wasn't encouraged. After another week of conditioning, I decided to use half of one of my beers in a meatloaf recipe, since I figured if it weren't going to be drinkable, I might just as well using it for something. Instead of wasting the remaining half, I decided to drink it. And WOW! It was a whole different taste than the week before! Delicious! Quality Control demanded I try another bottle, and WOW! again. And WOW's from others who have tried it also. So, thanks everyone for your encouragement and wisdom.
Yea....so many folks have poured out whole batches of brew because they were not patient. A good brew will change so much over the period of as little as 2 to 3 weeks! Congrats on your fine tastin brew!
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So how did the meatloaf turn out? I have not thought of using beer in a meatloaf recipe.
The meatloaf turned out great! It was from a "Cooking With Beer" cookbook I found in the bargain bin at Barnes & Noble. The recipe called for a pale ale, but in deference to using up what I figured was my first-batch-gone-south, I used my Nut Brown Ale. Not only did the meatloaf turn out good, so did the beer. Yeah, I know...
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Yea....so many folks have poured out whole batches of brew because they were not patient. A good brew will change so much over the period of as little as 2 to 3 weeks! Congrats on your fine tastin brew!
Thanks! The other day, I was doing some work at my daughter and son-in-law's house. I took several bottles of my Nut Brown along for them. After our work was done, my SIL said we should do a taste comparison between my Nut Brown and a local micro Nut Brown that's very popular in our area. So, we poured half a glass each of 'theirs' and 'mine'. And tasted. The micro was good...
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Glad to hear it worked out. Patience is definitely the toughest part of this hobby, at least for me. Cheers.

PS no need to share the meatloaf recipe. I already have one!

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Glad to hear it worked out. Patience is definitely the toughest part of this hobby, at least for me.

I've only been brewing for less than 2 months, but have already discovered that patience is the main ingredient. And yeah, it's tough to have to just wait and wonder and do nothing. And hope. You can do all the fancy stuff you want to in the making/fermenting/bottling process with 'this and that' style, flavor, etc., but in the end, if you don't work with Father Nature in the way the process is designed to happen, and let him take his own time, it's all for naught. Still, I can't get over how much the beer improved in such a short time. Amazing.
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