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Old 02-20-2010, 12:32 AM   #1
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Default 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.

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Old 02-20-2010, 12:50 AM   #2
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Recipe would help.

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Old 02-20-2010, 01:37 AM   #3
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Mostly water and then some other stuff.

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Old 02-20-2010, 02:29 AM   #4
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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.

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Old 02-20-2010, 12:45 PM   #5
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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?

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Old 02-20-2010, 01:06 PM   #6
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Mostly water and then some other stuff.
Going off the few clues you’ve given your problem could be apathetical approach.

-but-

Maybe a high final gravity too.
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Old 02-20-2010, 03:17 PM   #7
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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.

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Old 02-20-2010, 03:21 PM   #8
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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.

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Old 02-20-2010, 03:28 PM   #9
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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?
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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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