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Old 03-21-2011, 12:21 AM   #1
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Default review on my first beer; a B.B. red ale

Bottled the red ale a week ago, and planned to open one a week for three weeks to see how it carbonates. Brewday went very well. Transferred this to a secondary so I could put a stuck oatmeal stout on the red ale's yeast cake.

SG and FG hit dead middle of Brewer's Best instruction sheet. It was in secondary for three weeks. Put a bottle in the fridge earlier in the day before opening.

Beer opens with a nice hiss of CO2. Nothing outrageous, but distinct. I pour beer carefully to not stir up yeast on bottom (a 1/16" layer). Very little head other than a ring around edge of glass. I see some slight effervescing coming up sides of my Sam Adams glass. Ale is definitely hazy, with an apple cider color and clarity.

Beer has a bit of an apple aroma to it. The first taste tastes like a cider that is starting to vinegar up a little. It is dry finishing. A fair amount of alcohol taste is present. This is pretty much as it tasted from the hydrometer samples and the little left in the bottling bucket that I drank.

The beer isn't what I would call bad, but in it's current state not something I would intentionally purchase. Looking forward to seeing what occurs by next Sunday.

Do any glaring mistakes look obvious from my review?



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Old 03-21-2011, 12:53 AM   #2
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sounds fine to me. just needs to condition longer



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The glaring mistake I see is that you did not wait long enough.

Give it at least 3 weeks in the bottle and report back. 4 is better.

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My first brew was a BB red ale. I made quite a few noob mistakes but the biggest one was pitching the yeast at higher than ideal temperatures. The beer never tasted right. It always had a fruity/banana flavor. I think it can be a good beer if done right.

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The glaring mistake I see is that you did not wait long enough.

Give it at least 3 weeks in the bottle and report back. 4 is better.
I know it would take 3-4 weeks; wanted to see carbonation progression and see if flavors change. I will continue this thread next week with any changes. No one seems to think the apple taste is an issue, so that is a relief.
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Keep on sampling on your schedule to see how it changes and don't get too carried away with the drinking. It will get better with time. I'd probably expect it to peak at 6 to 8 weeks after bottling.

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I stay pretty stocked in the beer fridge already, so I have a few to get me through.

By documenting my way through, it will give a better idea than just,"I think it was like this, but now it's much better." And maybe help other new guys as well as myself to see that patience pays off.

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I would follow the advice in the previous posts and wait a few weeks. This was actually the first batch I brewed. I bottled after two weeks of fermentation and let the bottles sit at room temperature for one week before trying one. It tasted like half of a Killians topped off with water. I was very disappointed to say the least. I had a couple of bottles one week later during the super bowl and it was decent. I waited one more week and every beer since then has been delicious.

You'll read brewers on here saying that they wait six or eight weeks after bottling. That might be extreme but there is a point to be made about being patient and letting the beer do its work in the bottle.

Please give an update and let everyone know how it turned out.
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we always (always! we've only been brewing since 08.2010) have the BB red ale in the keezer. seems to appeal to our BMC drinking friends and also to those that like a little more flavor.

primary for a week+ a few days and then secondary for 2 weeks. 4th batch kegged a few weeks ago and our "red dirt ale" is always ready!!

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Okay, 16 days in the bottle. Let this one sit in the fridge for two days and shared it with my wife and a friend. Cider smell still very apparent. Flavor has smoothed with less dryness on the finish. Still some alcohol bite, but less than the one week beer. Both my wife and friend liked it. I feel it was still very green. Carbonation not much better than at one week.
Glad to see some improvement, and looking forward to next few weeks to see if it continues.



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