Originally Posted by moellerhomebrew
It was my first brew. I clearly need to take it more seriously. But yeah I'll let it sit a while longer. I probably screwed it up.
Not necessarily. Beer is actually pretty forgiving stuff. It's harder to fcuk it up than one tends to think.
Do you think there's a chance you might have let the fermentation temperature of the wort get away from you??
My first time was a nut brown ale, brewed in September of last year. The outside ambient temps were around 35 degC and I didn't have a clue about how to keep fermentation temps at around 18C. My only recourse for the first few days of that beer was to put it in a metal filing cabinet in my garage
Was about as useful as a fart at a methane plant
Anyway, I reckon my wort must have hit temps of 30 to 32 degrees C, at least, and I was dreading a fusel bomb, ester laden pile of liquid poo that would be utterly fowl. It wasn't all that bad, really. Nothing to invite Michael Jackson over for but it was an acceptable beer for my first. Practically everything else since, with a small number of exceptions, has been pretty damn good.
Patience with this one might reward you with surprisingly good beer. Even if it doesn't, the next one you make you'll have an idea or two about how to do a better job than with the first one.