Hi folks! First time posting at this wonderful place.
I've been a quiet reader leading up to and after my first brewing process, and this place has really helped answer a LOT of my questions. Thank you!
So my first batch is an extra pale ale from an extract kit, and the brew is currently going through bottle conditioning (exactly two weeks).
My plan is to wait for three weeks of conditioning before I toss them in the fridge, but I've opened a "test" bottle once a week to see if the carbonation is going along.
So I'm trying the "test" bottle after two weeks, and I couldn't help but notice a sort of soapy, lingering bitterness in the after taste that I've never experienced before from pale ales. I did some research on soapy off flavors, and it seems that too long of a primary fermentation may cause breakdown of fat molecules to cause soapy tastes.
My primary fermentation was four weeks exactly, due to A. me having to leave the country for a bit and B. to clear out the beer a bit without a secondary.
My question: is four weeks of primary is too long, and whether this has caused the soapy taste? Or... if anything this is how the beer is supposed to taste.
I doubt this is how it is, since the "test" bottle after the first week did not have any soapy taste, and in fact it was delicious (with only a light carbonation as expected). It seems like the carbonation in this particular bottle is less than the one I had a week ago too.
For now, I'm going to leave these guys going for another week or more and see if the taste goes away, but it would be good to settle the question before I hastily jump into a second batch.
Thanks, and sorry for the long post!