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poppalarge 11-20-2012 04:59 PM

First brew- how to use if

I did my first brew using a kit and "brewing sugar". It's not great, in fact it's pretty crap.

I'm loathe to dump it, but its taking up bottle space. ,I've tried mixing a bottle with other batches but its just undermining an otherwise great beer.

Any ideas? Or should it go?

porcupine73 11-20-2012 05:05 PM

How old is it? Sometimes the crappy ones turn out really good if you leave them to age long enough.

45_70sharps 11-20-2012 05:09 PM

I agree, age may help it. What type of beer is it, what is the crappy flavor if you can describe it, how long from brew to bottle and how long in the bottle?

BattleGoat 11-20-2012 05:11 PM

We need more info. What was the recipe? What was the ferment temp? How long in primary before you bottled? How much of this sugar did you use? Batch prime, or bottle primed? How long has it been in the bottles? Help us help you! ;)

poppalarge 11-20-2012 05:34 PM

It's a "lager" but it was a 5g batch with 1.5l light hopped LME and 1k brewing sugar. OG was about 1035

It actually looks great, and its well carbonated but I added more hops so it tastes thin and a little out of balance due to the extra hops. It's not so much a specific crappy flavour but it lacks body and has a 'tang' from what I imagine is the sugar

It's been bottled for about 10 weeks.

unionrdr 11-20-2012 06:04 PM

The added hops will not thin it out. That's the added sugar doing that. The "extract twang" usually comes from adding all the malt at the begining of the boil. Late extract additions help eliminate this.
And if it was a lager yeast,you may've fermented at too high a temp. Not to mention lagering & all that.

BBL_Brewer 11-20-2012 06:10 PM

If it's not that great and you have good beer waiting for bottles, by all means dump it. I've had a few batches that i didn't like and I just gave them away. My friends didn't seem to mind it and it freed up some bottles. If they hadn't wanted it, I would of dumped it.

ajf 11-20-2012 06:22 PM

My first lager didn't taste too good, but after aging it for 9 months, it was quite pleasant. (Lager is the German word for storage.)


poppalarge 11-20-2012 06:40 PM

I suppose I can stick the bottles outside till spring. Won't do any harm

BattleGoat 11-20-2012 08:09 PM


Won't do any harm.
Uh, yeah...depending on where in the world you are, it definetly can. Even though it's been bottled, you still need to treat it right temperature-wise. Unless you have some sort of temperature-controlled shed or outbuilding to put them in, I wouldn't just set the outside and expect to have decent beer the next time you go to sample one.

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