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Old 10-27-2011, 03:32 PM   #1
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This is the first brew I have ever done. Milk Stout that has been fermenting for about 2 weeks now. I went to check the FG and tasted the little bit that was in my thief and it tasted very bitter and not in a good way! Will it taste better when it is bottled?

I also (regrettably) racked it into a secondary after a week. I was not careful when i syphoned it in to the second (regrettably again). I had no idea what oxidation was until about a day ago, could that be a possibility?


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Old 10-27-2011, 03:36 PM   #2
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I'm a newbie myself, so take this with a grain of salt. Oxidation is usually evident as a flat, one-dimensional "cardboard" quality, so I doubt that's what is going on.

Racking to secondary so quick is a mistake, but you're probably not going to suffer too bad for it. I miscalculated and made that same error myself with my Irish Red (actually, racked it after five days) and the main issue that's cropped up is that it's cloudy as heck. Tastes fine, though.

I suspect that your flavor will clear up after carbing and conditioning. It often takes some time for the beer to sort itself out, and the various flavors need to mingle and mellow. Is the bitterness you taste hoppy, or do you suspect that the flavor comes from elsewhere?

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I dont know if the taste is hoppy. I am fairly new to the beer world but it is not like a bitter i have ever tasted before. It almost tastes like it is skunk! But i dont think i have the palate yet to know.

Haha and is Carbing letting it sit? Thanks!

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Old 10-27-2011, 03:49 PM   #4
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Did you keep your fermenters in a dark place? Or at least cover them with a dark tee shirt? Gotta keep the light off them.
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You beer is not carbed and more importantly conditioned yet.....see it through the process.

It will be completely different when it's carbed and conditioned.

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Sorry bout the stupid question, what is carved mean?

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Sorry bout the stupid question, what is carved mean?
Carbed.. carbonated
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Sorry bout the stupid question, what is carved mean?
"carved?" Cut with a knife.....I don't know what that has to do with beer.

But "CARBED" means carbonated....You know, fizzy.
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My first brew tasted the same way, I am entering the 4th week in the bottle and it tastes like a completely different beer. Relax....you are experiencing newbian jitters...it's gonna be good beer. At least that is what this newb keeps telling himself.

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