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Old 04-05-2012, 07:12 PM   #1
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WEll my first batch taste like hops water and second batch is in secondary and is smelling strongly like alcohol and is almost a green color. Grrrrr I just want a good beer. In the mean time I will continue supporting some rogues.

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Old 04-05-2012, 07:13 PM   #2
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Post up your recipes and methods and we will try to help you out.

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Old 04-05-2012, 07:13 PM   #3
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Old 04-05-2012, 07:28 PM   #4
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Ehhh. Two batches. I am of the opinion that my first two batches were crap. Others seemed to be able to drink them, but they just made me angry.

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Old 04-05-2012, 07:31 PM   #5
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Post up your recipes and methods and we will try to help you out.
+1 We can do this! There are some basic best practices and lots of little personal preferences.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:38 PM   #6
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Here was my first. It was a kit from brew masters warehouse, I messed up and steeped grains at 170 on this one.

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Old 04-05-2012, 09:39 PM   #7
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WEll my first batch taste like hops water and second batch is in secondary and is smelling strongly like alcohol and is almost a green color. Grrrrr I just want a good beer. In the mean time I will continue supporting some rogues.
Don't worry about what it looks or smells like in the secondary. It's not even ready yet. Also, there's not really any need to transfer to a secondary on most beers.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:41 PM   #8
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I used this recipe, was in primary for about a week, I had to transfer to secondary since I was going out of town. I transferred on top of 5 lbs of strawberries, and it was in secondary for a week. I then bottled. I guess the tastes isn't that hoppy as I described. It's very strawberry at first but then you taste water and hops.
It's been in bottles for over a month now.

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Don't worry about what it looks or smells like in the secondary. It's not even ready yet. Also, there's not really any need to transfer to a secondary on most beers.
Thanks, I added fruit so that's why. I'll leave it for sure and maybe it will clean up some.
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Thanks, I added fruit so that's why. I'll leave it for sure and maybe it will clean up some.
Now, that, is a perfectly valid reason for a secondary. I still wouldn't worry about it too much yet. It could get better. If not, brew up another one!
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