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Old 08-03-2011, 01:11 AM   #1
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So I bought a kit on line,ordered Hanks Hefeweizen.Followed the instructions ,except I added 1 lb of honey the last 10 minutes othe boil.Got it in the bucket.Fermented like crazy first 24 hours.Left it in the primary 2 weeks then bottled.Cracked one open after 3 weeks Couldn't even drink half a mug.So I tried a Couple more over the next 2 weeks same result.So what happened ? 2 things come to my mind ,but I'm a noob .The first 24 hours of fermentation was 82 ,83 degrees.then I moved it to cooler place,also when I transferred to bottling bucket I sucked up just a little bit of sediment .
It tastes like smoky burnt banana bacon.I know this brew can have banana overtones,but this stuff is terrible.Hanks goin in the drain,might keep one ,try it in 6 months.Anyone have any suggestions for my next attempt ?

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Old 08-03-2011, 01:15 AM   #2
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Sounds like you fermented too high. What did you use to clean your equipment and sanitize it? I would not throw it out... It may mellow out in a couple months. I would try a simple PA kit... Hefes can be tricky in the AG world but not completely sure what happened to your kit.

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Old 08-03-2011, 01:18 AM   #3
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Smoky burnt and bacon are all new tastes lol Banana is a come taste you get if you ferment at a higher temp or you don't aerate enough. With fermenting temps over 80, I would say you have esters.

Instead of throwing it away, you can try to let it bottle condition for a while at a cold temp. Might not work but it is probably better than throwing them away at first

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Old 08-03-2011, 01:21 AM   #4
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Just used the sanitizer that came with the kit,can't remember what it was.I was really careful on sanitizing everything.Forgot to mention it was extract kit

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Old 08-03-2011, 01:24 AM   #5
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Banana is a come taste you get if you ferment at a higher temp or you don't aerate enough.
Ewwwwww. TMI
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Old 08-03-2011, 01:26 AM   #6
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Resist the urge to add a lb of honey during the last 10 minutes of the boil to a recipe that doesn't call for it (and stay away from any recipe that does).

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Old 08-03-2011, 01:27 AM   #7
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"smokey burnt" aren't fermentation issues. you obviously scorched the DME/LME/honey on the bottom of your boil pot. You need to stir like a son-of-a-gun when you add that stuff.

I don't brew with DME/LME, but I'm sure an extract brewer will chime in and set me straight.

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Old 08-03-2011, 01:27 AM   #8
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Thought I aerated pretty good,funny thing is it smells good.

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If it smells good drink it!! I think the burning or scorching is probably the problem. As a new home brewer you will have the urge to change proven recipes... just be patient and stick with what is proven and that will give you the best sense to eventually making your own recipes.

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Im thinking scortched wort .. probably wont go away ... never know what a few months might do tho ... save at least 12 or so of them .. and brew something else asap .. good luck

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