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Old 12-01-2009, 12:27 AM   #1
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I recently brewed the Gold Seal Blonde Ale kit from Austin Homebrew Supply. Its been in the bottle for 2.5 weeks so I tried one tonight. It was really bad. It has an extremely strong alcohol taste. I just don't know where I went wrong... I hope it gets better with time.

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Old 12-01-2009, 12:29 AM   #2
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What yeast did you use and at what fermentation temperature?

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Old 12-01-2009, 12:30 AM   #3
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That kit should be a fairly low alcohol beer. 4.5%. I agree on checking your fermentation and pitching temps. You're also drinking it very young. How long was it in the fermenter before you bottled?

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Old 12-01-2009, 12:32 AM   #4
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Nottingham dry yeast and the temp started out at 72. The temp probably rose a bit after fermentation started.

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Old 12-01-2009, 12:34 AM   #5
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I bottled it after 2 weeks in primary and 1 in secondary. Do you think it will get better with a lot of time?

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Most likely, you got fusel alcohols from the high fermentation temp. That can happen with most yeasts and especially (from what I've heard) with Notty. Give them time and they might get a bit better, but it probably won't go away completely.

You probably want to look into temp control. Anything from the bucket of water and frozen water bottles method (my current method) on up to converting a fridge or freezer into a fermentation chamber with an external temperature controller (my future method).

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If the ambient air was 72, and temps rose as they normally do during fermentation, you will have a very estery beer.

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Did you have a total of 5 gallons in the fermenter?

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Old 12-01-2009, 02:22 AM   #9
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I don't mean to jump in, but what is the frozen water bottle method?

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Old 12-01-2009, 02:28 AM   #10
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you place the fermenter into a large bucket, pan or tub filled with water, and put frozen ice bottles into the water to keep the temp of the wort down near the ideal temps, you just change the water bottles out every day or so and replace with new frozen ones

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