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Old 08-30-2014, 10:52 PM   #1
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I am starting to sample the first beer I have ever brewed (amber ale from a kit). When I tried my first bottle (after 3 weeks bottle conditioning in a dark room at about 67 degrees) my standards were pretty low. I wanted it to kind of look like beer, sort of taste like beer and have some carbonation. I was really happy when I cleared that low standard. It was quite drinkable beer. The beer may have been a little too bitter (I could really taste the hops), it was more sugary than I expected, and I could maybe taste a little bit of a fruity taste.

I opened up one at 4 weeks and I thought it was noticeably better (actually, I really liked it). No "fruity" taste, less sugary and the hops were still very much in evidence, but a little less bitter.

Is it possible that one week more of bottle conditioning made a difference in the taste? or is it just me? If it is probably just me, I am OK with that answer!

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Old 08-30-2014, 10:58 PM   #2
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One week can make a big difference! Not only with the taste, but with the carbonation as well. Check out this video for an example:

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It should improve slightly in the next couple of weeks. Now if you brew it again can you improve it

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It's a revelation that we all come to realize. Every new brewer hears this advice, but we all ignore it. Patience is a must in this hobby.

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Shave a little time off bottle conditioning by having your beer in a room that is warmer than 67°. Try to avoid a room, like a garage, with large temperature swings.

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Depending on the style brewed longer conditioning time can certainly improve a beer but from some of your descriptions like overly sweet and fruity also lend to better temperature control during fermentation as well as proper pitching rate on your yeast.


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descriptions like overly sweet and fruity also lend to better temperature control during fermentation as well as proper pitching rate on your yeast
I think I pitched the yeast at too high a temperature; that was one mistake I made a mental note of and plan to chill more efficiently. Could that account for the couple of "odd" flavors I was initially tasting?-- and which have seemed to have either disappeared or really scaled back.
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Yes, some yeast derived off flavors can condition out or lessen over time


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I think I pitched the yeast at too high a temperature; that was one mistake I made a mental note of and plan to chill more efficiently. Could that account for the couple of "odd" flavors I was initially tasting?-- and which have seemed to have either disappeared or really scaled back.
No mental notes, I have found they disappear before the next brew day. Write down detailed notes on your recipe sheet to review in the future.
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