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Old 03-12-2012, 02:46 PM   #1
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Hi all,
I brewed a Belgian wheat beer, and had it in the fermenter for more than three weeks. Carbonated with cane sugar, 6 g per litre. After two weeks in bottle, I tasted the first one, and it has a sweet taste, like the sugar has not been converted to alcohol and CO2. Here is my recipe:
3.3 lb wheat malt extract (liquid)
1 lb wheat malt extract (dry)
4 lb Belgian pilsen malt
1 lb wheat flakes
1.5 oz orange peel
1.5 oz Halls Hersbrucker
Fermentis belgian wheat dry yeast
It’s a partial mash, mashing at 148ºF for 60 minutes.
The problem is I don´t like this sweet taste, and I don´t know where does it come from! My thought is the fermentation was too long (25 days) and the sugar didn´t convert to alcohol and CO2. Could it be so? Any way to overcome this?

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Old 03-12-2012, 02:51 PM   #2
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not sure what's making it sweet other than residual sugar and a large amount of orange peel. The 25 day fermentation isn't that long and it also if anything would have helped convert the sugars

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Did you measure FG before bottling? Also maybe give the beer another week or two to make sure all the bottling sugar is consumed. Cane sugar can take a little bit longer than corn sugar to be consumed if I remember right because the yeast have to go through an extra step to convert it.

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Old 03-13-2012, 10:31 AM   #4
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Final gravity value was around the typical values i usually get with the recipe, so I don´t think it as the source of the extra sweetness, and the orange peel is bitter curacao...
I´ll give it another week and let´s see how it taste!
Thank you!

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