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Old 12-18-2012, 08:59 PM   #1
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Default What does a "green" beer taste lie?

Ive seen a lot of posts that say the beer was green or young and tasted so...How will I know if mmine tastes "green" or "young"? What exactly does that taste like? Just how will I now when it tastes "right"?

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Old 12-18-2012, 09:04 PM   #2
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Taste it when it's young. You can tell how a beer ages by tasting it at different ages. Next time you make it, you'll know when it should peak.

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Old 12-18-2012, 09:09 PM   #3
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To me, it tastes like stale beer. Like a beer opened and you left out overnight and then try the next day and tastes way off.

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I taste every hydrometer sample, so I've been tasting green beer for years. So long that I've actually forgotten how to describe it.

I guess you could say it tastes fruity and tart, maybe a little like apple cider or even cider vinegar. Or it often tastes yeasty, like a very clovey/banana hefeweizen.

As for knowing when it tastes "right", trust me, you'll know. Your reaction will go from "This is nasty" to "This is okay" to "Dude, I MADE this!!" and you'll high-five the cat/dog.

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To me, it tastes like an apple that is far from being ripe yet - green.

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Old 12-18-2012, 09:42 PM   #6
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Green beer? It tastes wrong.

Can be watery. Can be bitter. Can be boozy. Can be bland. Can be tart. Can be harsh.

Frequently, you'll pick up on individual elements of the beer, whereas with aged beer, it all blends to something greater than the sum of its parts.

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It's strange and can throw you at times. Here a week and a half ago I bottled a lawnmower ale that had been in primary 3+ weeks, toward the end there was a little left so I drank it, it was actually pretty decent, I didn't mind it at all. Now go forward 1.5 weeks and I decide to try one (i know, I know ) it was awful and I poured two thirds of it out. I'm sure in about 2 more weeks it'll be good, just not now.

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I would call it a Twang thru the whole taste. Amos was green. I let it sit till......well you had one. I bottled about 5.5 weeks ago. Mellowed out nicely. I was worried 2 and a half weeks ago. Taste it when you bottle then look for that taste again. When you you find it. I would drink it up.

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To me it tastes like cheap champagne or sparkling wine. Very fruity...green apple fruity.

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That is what my Mr. Beer tasted like green apples with banana. May try another one later tonight to see if there is any change.

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