From my notes...
Kit - Austin Alaskan Amber Clone
12:15 Started Wort water boil 5.5gal (apx)
12:38 added grains @ 151F (crystal 40L 1lb.)
(crystal 60L 11oz)
(crystal 90L 6oz)
Steeped for apx 25min(avg temp 155F)
1:05 removed grains and returned wort to heat.
1:15 added 7lb extra pale Extract, then returned to boil.
1:22 added .5oz Cascade Hops
2:07 added Brew Vint Yeast Fuel
2:07 added .75oz Saaz (czech) hop pellets
2:23 Removed from heat
2:26 started wort chiller -205F
100F @ 7.5 min
90F @ 9.5 min
80F @ 12.5 min
70F @ 16 min
60F @ 25 min
2:55 transferred wort to carboy
OG @ 1.050
3:05 Added 1gal bottled spring water @ pitched yeast (white Labs German Ale/Kolsch WLP029)
Added oxygen for apx 2-3 min @ 1/32 setting on regulator
3:35 set controller temp to 62F
12.3.13 set controller temp to 63F
12.4.13 set controller temp to 64F
12.6.13 set controller temp to 65F
12.7.13 transferred to secondary, Gravity @ 1.014
12.10.13 set controller temp to 66F
12.11.13 set controller temp to 67F
12.12.13 set controller temp to 68F
12.13.13 set controller temp to 69F Gravity @ 1.014
12.14.13 Gravity @ 1.014
12.15.13 Gravity @ 1.014, 5oz corn sugar, Bottled 40 bottles 16.2oz, tasted like my best batch yet,
Bottle conditioned at 68F for 2 weeks...tasted it and YACH! tasted like rotten watermelon. And very poor carbonation, only creates like 1/8th of an inch head on the glass when i poured it.
so i gave it another couple weeks(yesterday), tried again, still there. still poor carbonation. doesn't taste sweet...
it tastes like rotten watermelon, then that goes away after a second or two and then it has that distinctive German beer taste.
It doesnt smell foul or bad at all, just the taste...
where did I screw up? Can it be saved?