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Old 03-27-2007, 09:52 AM   #1
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Default Had my first home brew today...

Well... its been a week since bottling... so I decided to crack one open and see what it was like. It kinda didnt really ferment... i saw nothing happen in the airlock the whole week it was in the fermenter... and there wasnt as much of a change between the OG and the FG as their should of been...

So anyway... as expected... it was pretty shyt...

First mouthfull...was kinda alright... then the aftertaste... that was a little off... kinda bitter/sour/just plain weird...

But yeah... i think this ones pretty much a writeoff... gonna have to get some mates to help drink it...

The second batch was bottled today... and that one actually fermented... so im looking forward to tasting that one...

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Old 03-27-2007, 11:47 AM   #2
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That sounds very unusual that your beer didn't even ferment. What kind of yeast did you use? You really didn't have any noticeable activity in your fermenter?

It is rare that people actually make undrinkable beer, but this could be an instance. If you have lttle or no alcohol there, it will not be preserved and is likely to get infected quickly.

Sounds like you had better luck the second time around.

p.s. In the future, if you do not notice visible fermentation going on within about 48 hours it's probably a good idea to do something about it. You could try: 1. If your house is too cool, move the beer to a warmer spot in your house, or 2. add some yeast nutrient, or 3. add more yeast.



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Old 03-27-2007, 01:22 PM   #3
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Do you mean "carbonate" instead of "ferment"?

Give it a couple of weeks in the bottle followed by a couple of days in the fridge. The flavors will change. Over time it will mellow and blend into something great. Unless there really is something wrong with it.

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Do you mean "carbonate" instead of "ferment"?

Give it a couple of weeks in the bottle followed by a couple of days in the fridge. The flavors will change. Over time it will mellow and blend into something great. Unless there really is something wrong with it.
No, he said "no activity in the airlock and no change in SG". In other words, no primary fermentation. What you have here, OP, is definitely, as you say, shyte. It's sweet wort in a bottle. I wouldn't even bother getting your friends to drink it with you. Do yourself a favor---pour all the stuff from the bottles back into your brew kettle. Bring it to boiling for 15 minutes to kill any nasties. Add back some filtered water, put it in a sanitized carboy, cool it down to under 80f, and pitch more yeast into it.

Beer without primary fermentation isn't beer at all. Next time, don't even bother bottling until fermentation has happened. Luckily, in this case, you may be able to salvage this batch.

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Old 03-27-2007, 04:08 PM   #5
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There was definatly a problem with the fermentation... Ive been told some fermentation did take place... there was that foamy stuff on top...

Carbonation wasnt great either... bubbles where there... but nothing to write home about. (that reminds me... i got another question about that.. ill ask in a new thread though... not really related to this...)

I dont think its gonna be worth trying to save it... will probably just throw the whole batch out and start again...

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There was a post a couple days ago from a guy in Australia about his batch sitting at around 80 F...Was that you? if so that was why you did not get any fermentation.

I may be wrong though

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There was a post a couple days ago from a guy in Australia about his batch sitting at around 80 F...Was that you? if so that was why you did not get any fermentation.

I may be wrong though
Yeps... that would of been me...

But my next batch started out in the same place as that first one... and it was fermenting like crazy. I did move that one to a cooler part of the house as soon as i found out it was too hot though...
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After all that my recommendation would be to get a hydrometer and learn how to use it...

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After all that my recommendation would be to get a hydrometer and learn how to use it...
Well if he has the SG and FG, he has a hydrometer...just happenned to have some dead yeast. I say boil it again and pitch again. It would be a shame to throw it out.


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make sure you are pitching your yeast into wort that is less than 80°F



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