I have just tried my first ever homebrew and I am absolutely elated by the awesome accomplisment of brewing my own beer
I would like to hear some opinions from the experts on how to improve it
The kit I have used was Cooopers' Canadian Blonde
. I bottled it after 1 week of fermentation and I let it rest for 2 more weeks. What came out was, simply put, not very drinkable.
After one more week (so a total of three after bottling) I tried it again and I was rather pleased with the result.
However, the beer is more fruity than I had expected (but not overwhelmingly so), it has a bit of the taste I would associate with beers with a high alcohol content and it's still tasting yeasty.
After checking out forums and websites, I have found that I've done some less than ideal things
1. Right after pitching
the yeast, I closed the carboy
with its lid, I inserted an airlock and half-filled it with water.
2. The fermentation temperature
of the room was always around 70-71 F
(19-21 C), the wort was most of the time 2 degrees higher than that
3. In the brewing I only used glucose sugar
(no spraymalt etc)
For point #1 and #3, I'll do it right next time. Point #2 is likely to stay :\
My question is:
Can you tell me, for which of the things I've done wrong, what is the consequence on the beer taste?
Also, is the beer going to improve if I let it rest more?
Thanks a lot in advance!