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Old 11-25-2011, 11:01 PM   #1
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Default Why you should never get creative...

Got creative and I suspect I'm paying for it.

I'm working on an oatmeal stout with a hint of orange right now. Unfortunately, I suspect it's ruined. The recipe (which I mostly made up) called for a lb of rolled outs mashed and then added it to a stout kit. Also added a bit of orange peel to the boil for the last 5-10 mins. It's been in the primary for about 2-3 weeks. Took a hydrometer reading and gave it a taste. It is EXTREMELY sour. Is it possible that that is the orange peel, or has my beer just gone bad?

It's pretty much undrinkable. (This is what I get for experimenting).

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Old 11-25-2011, 11:07 PM   #2
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It could be that its just young. Time heals all, 2-3 is really not enough time to tell anything about a stout. Give it time time and let us know how it turns out.

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Old 11-25-2011, 11:14 PM   #3
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You could have fermented to high. It could be infected. It could be the orange peel although I've never got sour out of it. Hopefully the first. Or something besides. Like said let it condition.

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Old 11-25-2011, 11:14 PM   #4
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What is your idea of a bit? We made a lemon ale and one of the guys thought it would be funny to add more lemon when the other 4 eyes were looking away. It was sour as hell at first, but we bottled it and left it alone until a summer trip. It was after about 2 months we tried it and its was a strong, hoppy and slightly over lemoned ale, but was still drinkable and was a actually refreshing to some of the people who joined us at the lake, especially when it was in the 90's!

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Old 11-25-2011, 11:16 PM   #5
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I used a lot of orange peel in a witbier once and it was WAYYYY too sour for quite some time. If I remember correctly, it took about 6 weeks or so to finally subside, and even after that, it was still quite a strong flavor.

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Old 11-25-2011, 11:18 PM   #6
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Agree with FastAndy: bottle it, put it away for 3 months, and then come back. It could be great and it doesn't really cost you anything except an hour to bottle.

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Old 11-26-2011, 01:04 AM   #7
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I think the orange peel was an ounce for 5-10 mins at the end of the boil. That's some powerful stuff!

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Old 11-26-2011, 01:09 AM   #8
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I find that at bottling time the taste is often very much different than when the beer has finished bottle conditioning.

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Old 11-26-2011, 01:48 AM   #9
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^^^^
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Old 11-26-2011, 02:48 AM   #10
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I made a brown nut ale and primed it with maple syrup and honey after a week it had an intense rootbeer flavor but after a month thats all but gone and it's awsome...so age heals most of the time

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