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mopie992 05-12-2010 08:05 PM

Realllllly Weak beer
Hi everybody, awesome forum and so much great info.

Question for you.

I've done my first batch of brew from a kit (Brew House Premium Prairie Wheat)
and all went well.
All the milestones were hit as outlined on this site and the package.
the Alcohol is 4.6% when I bottled it.
Bottling went fine and I waited 2 weeks before opening my first bottle
So excited I opened my first bottle, it fizzed appropriately, poured in a glass and it looked ok, but when I tasted it, it was very very weak. No feet smell/taste, didnt taste bad, just really weak. not very drinkable either.

Now the beer has sat for about 2 months, I figured maybe it needed to age in its own self worth. nada.. its just as bland and really quite flavourless.

I followed the instructions and used the right amount of water and everything.

Is this common?
is there a usual suspect for this issue?

thanks in advance


hoppymonkey 05-12-2010 08:08 PM

Are you sure the beer isn't suppose to be bland? Is this an extract kit?Can you list the ingredients that came with it?

ChshreCat 05-12-2010 08:10 PM

Some of my beers taste really watery and weak when they're first carbed. A few weeks aging does wonders.

What kit was it?

mopie992 05-12-2010 08:11 PM

Its been 2 months in bottles now and it was a Brew House Premium Prairie Wheat Kit

a non boil kit

mopie992 05-12-2010 08:15 PM

According to the BrewHouse site (and on the side of the kit)

Prairie Wheat
Styles and History:
Summertime is prime time for wheat beers. Brew House "Prairie Wheat" is a light, summer thirst-quencher filled with the distinctive, refreshing flavour of malted wheat. A Canadian version of the classic German wheat beers, it leans towards the "clean and crisp". Brewed with the yeast included in the kit, Prairie Wheat will produce a light bodied, clean brew, with a subtle hop character, and it is a perfect beer with pretzels, smokies and grilled meats.

I usually drink wheat or wit beers and this doesn't taste anything like the ones Ive had commercially or others friends have made (different kits).

I don't recall the ingredients that were with it, but its a non boil extract kit


coy 05-12-2010 08:24 PM

I tried to look for more information on it.

this is all I could find, to help out. ? link http://www.thebrewhouse.com/technical/index.htm

Colour: Straw, golden
Bitterness: 10 IBU
O.G.: 1.045-1.047
Malts: Wheat, Pale
Hops: Perle for bittering and aroma

maybe try a kit from Windriver my last kit came out fantastic had great online support as well as phone. detailed insturctions that you could also get online incase a 3yr old tears your origonal set up. lol..

BadgerBrewer 05-12-2010 08:24 PM

I have never heard of a non-boil kit before. The few extract kits that I made I had to steep the speciality grains and add extract during the boil. How much hops were there and what kind?

munche 05-12-2010 08:29 PM

With an ABV of 4.5 you're in the realm of your average BMC beer as far as how much is in the beer ingredients wise. Figure a Blue Moon is a wheat beer and comes in at 5.4abv. It might just be that the way this beer turns out it's a pretty weak beer.

Maybe if someone else is more familiar with the company they can chime in.

This looks like the only info they offer on their website: http://www.brewerylane.com/brewhouse.html

mopie992 05-12-2010 08:32 PM

yea the info onthe site is really weak (heh no pun intended)
but the BlueMoon is the style and flavour I was after...

Does anybody have suggestions on such a style of beer kit I should be using?


munche 05-12-2010 08:40 PM


Originally Posted by mopie992 (Post 2056830)
yea the info onthe site is really weak (heh no pun intended)
but the BlueMoon is the style and flavour I was after...

Does anybody have suggestions on such a style of beer kit I should be using?


It looks like the kit you got was prehopped and pretty limited, but I would imagine didn't require much equipment. Generally you can get a wide range of beers using extract kits, try some of these for example: http://www.austinhomebrew.com/index.php?cPath=178_452

What did you use to ferment that in? you said it was no boil, do you have a pot or any other specialized stuff for beermakin'?

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