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Old 12-01-2012, 01:42 AM   #1
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Default First batch getting worse over time?

Hey all,

I bottled my first batch of home brew (extract kit, Coopers European lager) about 6 weeks ago. A couple of weeks after bottling I sampled it, and it was tasting good. Nice full flavour.

However I sampled it again today and it seems to be getting worse. It's well carbonated, crisp and clean but it really lacks that full-bodied flavour that most beers have. It's just a bit bland I guess. Tastes a bit like some of the low carb beers on the market.

Why would this be? I thought it would get better over time, not worse.

Thanks for any info.

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Old 12-01-2012, 02:57 AM   #2
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I believe that lower ABV beers deteriorate over time. I'm sure that ABV is not the only factor, but my understanding is that "big" beers get better with age while others peak at a certain time and lose flavor from that point on.
I personally have had this experience. The low ABV beer that I made had more flavor after just two weeks as opposed to 5 weeks. Now, it was indeed smoother at that point and seemed to have more carbonation.. So I guess it's up to you.

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Old 12-01-2012, 03:31 AM   #3
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It's not specifically a low ABV beer though. From my understanding it should be sitting somewhere between 4-5%

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The Cooper's European lager is a true lager. Did you ferment it at cooler temps,like 50F or so? Using ale temps would mess it up a bit. How much total volume did you have in the fermenter?
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The Cooper's European lager is a true lager. Did you ferment it at cooler temps,like 50F or so? Using ale temps would mess it up a bit. How much total volume did you have in the fermenter?
Yeah I did ferment it closer to ale temp, around 70F

Was a 27 liter fermenter
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:34 AM   #6
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I tried it again today..

It's really not very good... Not much flavour, bitter, watery, with a pretty bad bitter aftertaste.

I drank 750ml reasonably quickly and didn't feel anything in terms of an "alcohol buzz". So I'm guessing it's very low ABV for some reason.

Is it worth keeping?

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A 27L fermenter sounds like my Cooper's micro brew FV. The Cooper's cans are usually intended for 23L. Did you get this amount for total volume? Many even go down to 20L to make the beer a bit more full bodied.
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Many people taste oxidation as a "bland" taste that mutes everything else.

Did you practice siphoning a few times before you racked your beer?

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A 27L fermenter sounds like my Cooper's micro brew FV. The Cooper's cans are usually intended for 23L. Did you get this amount for total volume? Many even go down to 20L to make the beer a bit more full bodied.
Nah I followed the instructions on the back of the can exactly.. so the volume was correct

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Many people taste oxidation as a "bland" taste that mutes everything else.

Did you practice siphoning a few times before you racked your beer?
My fermenter has a tap so didn't need to siphon
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