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Old 08-14-2009, 01:32 AM   #1
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So I'm trying to figure out where I went wrong with my beer. I don't think it's infected, since it sounds like infected beers have a very strong sour flavor. My beer IS somewhat sour though. Not a bad taste, but not good either. It's hard for me to try and explain, I've tried using one of those flavor wheels but I still couldn't find the appropriate words. I took a bite out of some buffalo-chicken pizza, and then took a sip of the beer, and it tasted just like Newcastle Brown. So, I guess that means it has a vinegary taste?

The recipe was just not very well thought out, just a basic beer based very loosely on a "bitter". It consisted of 6lbs DME, and 2 oz hops total. I did 60 min of Oregon fuggles and 15 min of Kent Goldings. In retrospect, entirely too much malt and not much hops.

I dunno, what do you guys think? Infected? Is this what "malty" taste like?

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Old 08-14-2009, 01:53 AM   #2
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I'm not qualified to answer much on this, other than I'm sure more qualified will ask you:


OG and FG?
ferment temps?
yeast used?

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Old 08-14-2009, 03:19 AM   #3
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Is it finished and bottled? How long have you given it?

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Old 08-14-2009, 08:02 AM   #4
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5 gal batch I assume? The balance of hops/malt doesn't seem terribly off to me.

As far as infection, it really all depends what got in there. A simple wild yeast might cause a bit of sour flavoring. As a provisional answer, I'm gonna say congrats on your first lambic

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Old 08-14-2009, 10:41 AM   #5
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OG: 1.042
FG: 1.0.12

It fermented on the warm side, around 80-82F. I used SafeAle US-05.

It's all sitting in bottles, and so far it's been about 4 weeks since pitching the yeast.

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Old 08-14-2009, 10:46 AM   #6
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I'm gonna say it fermented at too high of a temp and it's still young. But I'm still a noob so I wouldn't go completly off my word.

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Old 08-14-2009, 11:28 AM   #7
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Definitely on the warm side so some off flavors are probably to be expected. Also, 4 weeks from pitching to tasting is not a very long time either. How long was it in the fermenter and now bottles? If it could have stayed in the fermenter longer the yeast might have cleaned up some of the off flavor. If it was rushed out and went straight to bottle that will take even longer.

At the very least you probably need to give it another couple weeks at room temp to see if any of the unexpected flavors mellow.

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Is it carbed yet? 4 weeks from pitching is def very young and I suspect this will change significantly for you after its been bottled for another week or so.

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Old 08-14-2009, 12:11 PM   #9
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If the worst thing I had to say about my beer is that it turned out tasting just like Newcastle Brown, I'd be pretty ok with the world.

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I am no expert but have had what sounds like a similar situation. Had a keg full of brew that was not good tasting after a couple weeks in the keg - had an off-taste to it. I almost decided to dump it. But, I set it aside and forgot about it for several more weeks. Tried it again (cold) and it was like another beer took over. Actually tasted quite good. That keg got consumed happily.
Maybe put your bottles aside and try them again in about a month or two. In my case, it probably took 8 or more weeks after pitching to have a good taste.

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