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Matteo57 11-26-2012 12:16 AM

how to fix it question
So I brewed a big winter warmer 1.096 OG to 1.024 FG, and I went to taste it and it has a decent amount of fruit characteristics, pretty sweet tasting and I don't taste any spices that went into it (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger).
I thought I had watched my temps (I have it in a controlled setting) but maybe it got too high at one point? From my perspective I let it go at 66 for 2 days, 68-69 for a week then up to 70-71 for the last 2.5 weeks. Anyways, to help it so it is a bit more drinkable and not so cloying, I was wondering if throwing some oak chips into it for a week or so would help it? I'm guessing American as it's a bit harsher than French? I would do cubes but I'm running out of time since it was originally for Christmas. If it tastes like crap and i can't turn it around i guess they don't get this batch and they will settle for the other batch that turned out fantastic!
Anyways, any suggestions would help! Thanks!

BattleGoat 11-26-2012 03:32 AM

In general, bigger brews will benefit from age. I'd let it sit and condition for at least a few weeks, then see where it's at.

BrewerBear 11-26-2012 11:18 AM

Like BattleGoat says time will help it,by that same token even if you bottled it today that big of a beer may not be carbed up by Christmas anyway(not an issue if you keg though).I would resist the temptation to fix it at this point as it may not be broken,its just not where you want it to be.I would suggest as you put it settle for the other beer that turned out fantastic(that is my kind of settling ah man I have to drink this fantastic beer).

william_shakes_beer 11-26-2012 12:01 PM


Originally Posted by BattleGoat (Post 4621144)
In general, bigger brews will benefit from age. I'd let it sit and condition for at least a few weeks, then see where it's at.

Are you telling him to settle his brain for a long winter's nap? :ban:

unionrdr 11-26-2012 12:08 PM

A big beer like that usually does take longer to carb & condition. Those are usually aged for a few months.

SoonerDoc 11-26-2012 05:54 PM

I made a beer with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger that took 7 months before everything blended and it tasted good. It might just take a little time.

Matteo57 11-26-2012 06:18 PM

Well I have a beer gun so the carbing/bottling isn't a time issue really...
Is a flavor of a young beer the sweet almost cloying fruit flavor I am describing? Or is that a fermenting too hot off flavor? Usually speaking at least.
Thanks for comments and suggestions so far!

unionrdr 11-26-2012 06:46 PM

Seeing as how it went from 1.096 down to 1.024,it seems a lot like a barley wine. So it'll seem that way till it ages for a while. But still a bit sweet full bodied. Burton ales were known for this.

frazier 11-26-2012 07:29 PM

Are you saying it's already carbed? Or is it still pre-carb at this point?

The carbonation should help bring out the flavors, because the CO2 will help carry the aromatics to your nose as you drink it.

Also, time is your friend. But if you really want an informed opinion, you'll have to send me a sample to evaluate. A 6-pack ought to do it.


Matteo57 11-27-2012 02:37 AM

It is not carved yet. It is carbonating in the keg currently.
So so it is just for fam I will probably bottle what I was going to for their presents and tell them to hold onto them for a couple months which they have all done before hand with a beer I have given them.
Still contemplating oaking half the batch but haven't decided yet.

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