Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > What to expect in taste or body change in finishing
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-07-2014, 05:56 PM   #1
grimes28
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Grimes, IA
Posts: 15
Likes Given: 15

Default What to expect in taste or body change in finishing

I'm new to all this and just tasted my batch of red ale I screwed up. Lol it's been in fermentation for 4 days and is pretty much done. Pretty much quit bubbling and is at 1.012.
My question is, what do I expect it to do Orr change throughout the finishing or carbonation process. Anyone have any thoughts on this, or is this one of those "depends on recipe" questions?
Just looking for a general idea response.
Thanks guys!!

__________________
grimes28 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-07-2014, 05:59 PM   #2
nicklepickles
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 235
Liked 28 Times on 20 Posts
Likes Given: 33

Default

in my experience, itll go from "this tastes weird" to "this tastes like beer"

__________________
nicklepickles is online now
grimes28 Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-07-2014, 06:09 PM   #3
KeninMN
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Eagan, MN
Posts: 154
Liked 26 Times on 23 Posts
Likes Given: 36

Default

I would leave it for at least another ten days. During these next ten days the yeast will clean after themselves, after which many cells will go dormant and drop out of suspension, clarifying your brew. Then, if your recipe doesn't require any dry hopping you can test the gravity, make sure it hasn't changed (or changed much) and if it hasn't you can bottle and allow to condition for at least another two weeks to fully carbonate.

Here is a good explanation of the process:

http://morebeer.com/articles/conditioning

__________________
I love the smell of hops in the morning. It smells like brewing victory...
KeninMN is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-07-2014, 06:40 PM   #4
grimes28
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Grimes, IA
Posts: 15
Likes Given: 15

Default

A lot of great info there! Thanks!
Lol well right now it does taste weird.

__________________
grimes28 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-11-2014, 12:57 AM   #5
isuflyguy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 58
Liked 10 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

I just had a beer with the same experience... my first brew. A belgian wit... after racking I took a sample to taste and it tasted like a watery blue moon. Really hoping the carbonation helps give it body!

__________________
isuflyguy is offline
grimes28 Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-11-2014, 03:36 AM   #6
nevertrustahipie
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: raleigh
Posts: 43
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

Default

I'm not exactly sure what you are claiming you screwed up on. 4 days is probably too early to declare fermentation is done (unless gravity readings have been 1.012 for several days, which would be a 24-36hr ferment) also the difference between a few final gravity points is not that significant, so don't sweat it (you should still end up with very good beer).

While I will say that in general 4 days is to soon to end the fermentation/conditioning phase, I don't subscribe to the more time is better belief. It's ready when it's ready. If it tastes good, its ready (assuming fermentation has stopped). That may be after 10 days or it may after 10 weeks, but once it is "ready" it really doesn't change significantly (not counting carbonation).

You have stated that it does not taste "weird" so my advice would be to take gravity readings for the next 2 days, tasting it each day, to make sure fermentation has stopped. If fermentation is completed, either bottle it and let it carb, or let it sit a week or two sampling it periodically to learn what the effect is. RDWHAHB.

__________________
nevertrustahipie is offline
grimes28 Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-11-2014, 03:48 AM   #7
paperairplane
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: wv
Posts: 233
Liked 46 Times on 39 Posts
Likes Given: 35

Default

I don't even open my fermentation bucket until it's been 3 weeks.

Don't get hung up on measuring and monitoring things - pitch enough yeast, control fermentation temperature, give it time to work.

Bubbles don't mean anything. Primary fermentation may be done in only a few days, but the yeast isn't done doing it's job.

Give it 3 or 4 weeks in primary, then bottle or keg.

__________________
paperairplane is offline
grimes28 Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-19-2014, 12:50 AM   #8
grimes28
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Grimes, IA
Posts: 15
Likes Given: 15

Default

Thanks for the responses!! I transferred it into a secondary today after two weeks in the primary. First time I've seen beer in glass. The gravity is 1.085 but its still active, tiny bubbles working to the top and a few yeast rafts.
I brewed another beer like a day after my mead beer, I put that in a secondary at the same time. There is no bubbles there.
Evidentially the honey slowed things down??
I really appreciate hearing all your advice everyone! It's great to talk about beer and mead. Lol
Cheers!!
I'm now thinking bout a batch of mead and cider. You'd think I'd get a better handle on one type of brew making before I move on to the other. Not my style.. Lol.

__________________
grimes28 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-19-2014, 12:41 PM   #9
grimes28
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Grimes, IA
Posts: 15
Likes Given: 15

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by isuflyguy View Post
I just had a beer with the same experience... my first brew. A belgian wit... after racking I took a sample to taste and it tasted like a watery blue moon. Really hoping the carbonation helps give it body!
Let me know how it turns out!!
__________________
grimes28 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Add body without altering taste Ridire Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12 12-12-2013 10:26 PM
What off taste should I expect? Hawkeyebrewers Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11 03-19-2013 08:35 PM
how much should we expect carbonating to change the pH of a finished beer? twd000 Brew Science 3 10-31-2012 12:32 PM
How much change to expect skimo281 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 02-29-2012 06:23 AM
What should I expect to taste? Beermaker General Beer Discussion 5 07-21-2007 10:56 AM