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mvolps22 02-20-2010 12:32 AM

First homebrew is a Guinness clone, tastes sweet
What would have caused my beer to end up tasting a little too sweet for Guinness? It's good nonetheless, just want to prevent it in the future.


RCCOLA 02-20-2010 12:50 AM

Recipe would help.

mvolps22 02-20-2010 01:37 AM

Mostly water and then some other stuff.

ReverseApacheMaster 02-20-2010 02:29 AM

I'd guess you used extract, which is always going to be sweeter than you hope for. Additionally, Dublin water is an important part of the Guiness recipe.

Also, adding a small amount of soured Guiness helps give it the slightly sour taste.

Boondoggie 02-20-2010 12:45 PM

My assumption with sweet taste is usually under-attenuation or under-pitching.

As it's your first brew, I assume you probably pitched Wyeast with no starter?

Kickass 02-20-2010 01:06 PM


Originally Posted by mvolps22 (Post 1895759)
Mostly water and then some other stuff.

Going off the few clues you’ve given your problem could be apathetical approach.


Maybe a high final gravity too.

iron_city_ap 02-20-2010 03:17 PM

How old is it? I have a couple left from a stout that I thought was far too sweet, then all of a sudden, it smoothed out and is pretty freakin' good now.

Yuri_Rage 02-20-2010 03:21 PM

Well, since water isn't sweet, it's probably the other stuff that's causing the problem.

But seriously, help us help you. If you don't post some details, it's hard to determine the root cause of your problem.

KevinW 02-20-2010 03:28 PM


Originally Posted by mvolps22 (Post 1895759)
Mostly water and then some other stuff.

Sounds like you got off to a good start but it is kind of hard to figure out your situation without a little more info!

All Grain recipe or extract recipe, mash temp, original gravitiy - final gravitiy.
With some basic info it can be relatively easy to help otherwise, it is literally anybody's guess!

When mashing, sweeter beer tends to be due to higher mash temps. If using an extract recipe did you add any sugar like honey or table sugar?

BrewDocND 02-20-2010 03:29 PM

My first few beers were on the sweet side (IMO) because I didn't give them enough time. The recipe said 7 days primary, 7 days bottle. Every one of them was better a couple months later (unfortunately, I only had one bottle left a couple months later)

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