Originally Posted by hbhudy
my first batch the air lock was so active that I actually had to add some water to keep it from completely blowing all the water out.
I wish I had that problem.
I can't give updates on my bew because unfortunately I'm banned from posting further to it. I wouldn't expect tight censorship and controlling of speech on a beer brewing forum but oh well. (sorry I really think censorship and controlling speech is one of the big problems in our countries today and it's not something that we should practice if we don't have to
Anyhow, my beer got kept and bottled after 3 weeks. It had a strong sour apple flavor when I bottled it on Saturday. After 1 week though it did not have those flavors. Those flavors came later on after sitting for about 11 or 12 days.
It's not carbonating at all it seems. I don't know how long I'll have to wait for that to happen. I have this sinking feeling it's never going to carbonate. I can say that right now the beer is simply un drinkable. It tastes nasty.
On the videos people say their wart 'taste like beer'. Mine certainly does not
by any stretch of the imagination. It tastes like a sour apple sider that has a fungus.
I read on that website that the yeast and and bacteria both grow at the same time and if the bacteria out does the yeast it will introduce off flavors. They also said that the longer it sits the more time the bacteria has to grow. They claimed this was for a homebrew environment only and the longer you want it to sit, the more sterile the conditions have to be. They also said that all homebrew is infected with bacteria regardless of anything you do, but it's a matter of 'how much'.
That's all I read. Maybe I have a history in my browser somewhere and I can reference the site. I'm certainly not making this up.
However I obviously trust you guys if you guys are claiming that it's good to leave it in for a few weeks.
If that's the case, then my brew should come out amazing becuase it was altra sterile and left in for 21 days. It's now bottled.
Another guy on Youtube was bottling after 4 days and drinking after a week that which was a bit early but said it was amazing and ranted and raved about the beer and how amazing it was. He loved the beer so much that he said he has no reason to try all-grain brewing.
His experience is what I bought the kit for and my experience is very, very different than his.
But I guess I'm doing things the right way. I'm still holding on hope that the beer will turn out to be the best, freshest beer I've tasted.
My fingers are still crossed.