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Old 02-20-2010, 06:46 AM   #1
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I haven't yet bottled my Blue Moon clone, but I tasted a sample from the bucket today and it was weak. Looking into the bucket, it's a nice amber color like it should be but in the cup it was colored like Coors light and tasted like beer flavored water. Maybe it wasn't mixed up (although I never thought flavor settles). I did calculate my efficiency a little low for what I wanted (assuming I calculated it right). Is there any way to fix it or will it improve with the priming and bottling?

On a side note, a friend told me he just started using a powder called 5.2 stabilizer, which makes the water a 5.2 pH, supposedly ideal for mashing. Since my water here is a perfect 7, that might have affected it. Has anyone used this powder and recommend it?



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Old 02-20-2010, 09:42 AM   #2
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Did you brew from extract or grain?
What gravity readings did you get?



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Old 02-20-2010, 01:01 PM   #3
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Samples from your fermenter are a gauge...that's it. The taste now is just a hint of what will come a month from now. The beer will gain mouth feel from the carbonation when you bottle and the beers taste will change as it matures. Of course, if you really missed your OG by a mile... you very well may have made a "lite" beer.

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Old 02-20-2010, 07:29 PM   #4
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Post a recipe and method if you were AG.

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Old 02-21-2010, 01:01 AM   #5
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sorry bout that. it was AG and my OG was 1.037, lower than my targeted 1.045. I'm thinking I didn't get good extraction b/c of my method of letting the grain sit in the water then straining it out. I did it in a stockpot rather than a cooler. And I originally had it in a grain bag, but I felt it would be better loose in the water.

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A few things I noted:

1 - Blue Moon is a Wit style beer. Its supposed to be a very light color. Its just darker in the fermenter because of light refraction through the mass of liquid.

2 - your OG was a little low, but not a huge deal. Don't give too much judgement until its bottled and carbonated. You would be suprised how much it will improve.

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yeah i know it's light, but this was barely colored in the glass. I'll just assume it's fine and bottle it then try it in a month.

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Also, my friend recommended me use an airstone like those in aquariums to aerate the wort before I pitch the yeast for a more full fermentation. Anyone do something like that? If so, how long do you do it? I will try this out for my next batch, a summer ale

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Yes, I do. You need oxygen in the wort for proper yeast health when they are in the growth phase. I use one of these setups from Brewmasters Warehouse. Most online suppliers carry something similar. It hooks up to the small red O2 canisters you can get at Lowes or HD. I give it about 30-60 seconds of oxygen.

Some people also use the same small airstone with an aquarium air pump (and inline hepa filter). You have to let it run for about 30 minutes in the wort for it to be effective.

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Why the longer run time with a pump? is the outflow not as much?



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