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Old 11-24-2011, 10:05 AM   #1
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Default Cracked open my first bottle of homebrew...

Well, It's thanksgiving--and I just couldn't wait any longer, LMAO!

I made the midwest milk stout extract kit... looking for a flavorful dessert beer.

I just opened a PERFECTLY CARBONATED Bottle... to find a very bitter beer. It is pretty clear for a stout, and starts off w/ a dairy-like aroma, hits the pallet with a TON of bitterness--and finishes malty and sweet.

The malt keeps coming back to the pallet--somewhat chocolate milkish???

It makes me want to keep drinking it, but I wish the bitterness would smooth out a bit...

I brewed 3 weeks ago-- 2 weeks in primary, 1 week in bottles so far.

OG: 1.0625
FG: 1.020

I FIGURE: Young beer

So, I'll continue to be patient. I left 2 gallons in primary for an additional week, I'll bottle that tomorrow... but after taking the gravity and tasting it today--I'm getting the same flavor profiles???

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Old 11-24-2011, 11:07 AM   #2
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The hops will fade with time.

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Old 11-24-2011, 01:03 PM   #3
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Give at least two more weeks in the bottle at room temp and then 2-6 days in the fridge and it should mellow nicely.

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Old 11-24-2011, 01:19 PM   #4
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Sometimes it can be good to taste young beer, because then after it ages you know what the beer can really taste like. LOL

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Old 11-24-2011, 04:01 PM   #5
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It may take a little longer than usual to get the beer conditioned properly. My whiskely ale,made with a dark ale kit I modded soaked with oak & bourbon took 9 weeks & 6 days to condition well. Then 2 weeks in the fridge for nice head & carbonation.
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I am surprised it is PERFECTLY CARBONATED after just one week in the bottle. Give it another week and try it again. There is a good post on here about bottle conditioning. Search for it. The bitterness will most likely go away with time. Happy Thanksgiving.

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The bitterness will mellow quite noticeably giving it 3 weeks in the bottle. I kid you not almost all of my beers from Belgian Wit's to Amber Ales to Hefeweizen's to - you get the point - always taste a bit too bitter even two weeks in the bottle. I don't know what occurs but once they hit the magical 3 week in the bottle number everything has balanced out perfectly. It's eerie really because I've seen this repeatedly over many batches and all have been perfect at the 3 week line.

I've had hefe's I tried at 2 weeks anxiously and thought, "Hmm, I probably should use less hops next time, tastes a bit too bitter". But when I try one again a week later it's perfect and each time I've left the recipe alone cause it came out great.

Give it more time.


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I agree with you guys. For me, I've gone to 2 weeks at room temp followed by 1 month in the fridge. The beers are frighteningly clear and very tasty.

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