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Old 01-02-2012, 12:05 AM   #1
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Default First pour on day 10 post bottling, slightly sweet, and flat

I opened up my first Irish Stout Pub Draught on the 10th day after bottling. The bottle gave bit of a hiss when popping the top but found the first pour to be a bit flat. The beer tastes right and has alcohol but seemed to have a slight sweetness about it. It tastes like bitters that I have had in the past and very much like a cask beer. Since this is my first batch and first experience with this beer, I have nothing to compare to. I was also uncertain as to the sweetness being related to the hops that I used or the bottling sugar. Can bottling sugar be tasted if not totally used up by the remaining yeasts?

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Old 01-02-2012, 12:09 AM   #2
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Only ten days after bottling? How long did you let the beer ferment for? Likely your beer is green and will improve dramatically if you give it a couple more weeks. Go buy some local micros and give your beer a chance to age!

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Old 01-02-2012, 12:41 AM   #3
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Three weeks at 70 is typical to carb.

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Sweetness is probly sugar used at bottling the yeast hasn't eaten yet, little carb is also likely due to the yeast not having had a chance to eat the sugar yet. Give them at least another 10-15 days.

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Did you refrigerate it? Give it another four or five days at room temp, then a week in the fridge. A neat trick I learned on this forum is to bottle the last one in a plastic soda bottle, then you can feel how hard it gets over time.

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Did you refrigerate it? Give it another four or five days at room temp, then a week in the fridge. A neat trick I learned on this forum is to bottle the last one in a plastic soda bottle, then you can feel how hard it gets over time.
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Thanks everyone for the responses. I am glad to hear that people agree that the beer seems green. If it did not taste right, I would not have assumed it to be green but, bad. It does taste like it should only a touch sweet and flat like a cask beer. I may just go and buy some PET bottles to have on hand for the next batch.

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Only ten days after bottling? How long did you let the beer ferment for? Likely your beer is green and will improve dramatically if you give it a couple more weeks. Go buy some local micros and give your beer a chance to age!
The beer fermented for 2 weeks, was bottled and the first pour happened on day 10 after bottling. How much difference does a day make, a week make, a month make make when carbonating and aging? The bottles are currently sitting in a dark closet at a temp range of 18-19 degrees celcius.
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I have moved to bottling everything for at least three weeks prior to opening any. This gives ample time to carbonate and the conditioning also helps the flavor. I know it sucks at times, but I can always buy a cheap six pack or two if I need beer and don't want to wait.

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Three weeks at 70 is typical to carb.
My beer sits in a dark closet ranging in temp between 18-19 degrees celcius. It is the most stable temp in my appartment. This will change the speed of the carbonating/aging correct?
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