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Old 08-27-2008, 11:06 AM   #11
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If it has strong flavors (i.e. Alcohol heat) it would mellow out with aging.

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Old 08-27-2008, 12:17 PM   #12
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I brewed an extract amber ale recipe and after 10 weeks, 8 of which have been in the bottle, it is now an enjoyable, shareable beer. The darker the beer the longer it takes those stronger flavors from the dark malts that give the beer its dark color and richer flavor to mellow.

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Old 08-27-2008, 12:31 PM   #13
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I think the OP understood that he was drinking green beer before opening his "runt" bottle.

To describe the taste of green beer? You did it in the first post. Distinctly different flavours competing for attention. When it is aged, these flavours will seem more like undertones swimming around in the flavour of the base malt......At least that's what I go for! I'm not a hophead

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Old 08-27-2008, 01:52 PM   #14
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I agree with the ever-changing astounding gnome above. What you described is exactly green beer. Well done! I couldn't verbalize it that well when I encountered it. Just keep "trying" one a week to map its progress. Right around week 4 you'll naturally move to trying one a night. Its more fun that way.

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Old 08-27-2008, 02:07 PM   #15
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the worst part to my taste is all the harshness from the alcohol.. just give it time

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Old 08-27-2008, 02:17 PM   #16
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Since it's almost Fall, find a pumpkin. Cut out a slice & lick it. That's the flavor.

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You know I don't necessarily think it's a bad thing to drink a couple of beers green when your first starting off in homebrewing, it gives you an idea of how your beer will evolve over time and it also helps you realize that even if a beer tastes like crap now if you let it sit for months it's bound to become better, depending on the style of course.

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You know I don't necessarily think it's a bad thing to drink a couple of beers green when your first starting off in homebrewing, it gives you an idea of how your beer will evolve over time and it also helps you realize that even if a beer tastes like crap now if you let it sit for months it's bound to become better, depending on the style of course.
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I will usually crack one open each week as it is conditioning so I can get an idea of how the conditioning process works and how the beer evolves. I also taste it both as it is switched from primary to secondary as well as when it is bottled.

Difference is, now that I'm 8 batches in, I'm content with not drinking the rest of the beers in a batch until they're "fully" conditioned.
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You know I don't necessarily think it's a bad thing to drink a couple of beers green when your first starting off in homebrewing, it gives you an idea of how your beer will evolve over time and it also helps you realize that even if a beer tastes like crap now if you let it sit for months it's bound to become better, depending on the style of course.
Exactly. I think tasting green beer should actually be encouraged for the first brew or even two. It's a valuable part of the learning process. Although like most people, when I first did it I just wanted the beer quicker, screw the learning process!!
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The best way to learn "green beer flavor" is to drink the hydro samples as the beer comes out of the primary. It isn't good. Usually green apples, harsh bitterness, and grassy flavors from the hops, often with sharp grainy notes mixed in.

Well, usually it isn't good, my Irish Red was quite tasty at that point but I digress, I will be tapping that keg this weekend after two months of conditioning in the keg so it'll probably be stellar now!!

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