Ok, I know I'm supposed to wait, but it's been awhile (Brewed on 9/7, bottled on 9/27), but it's hard to wait. First batch is bottled and ageing in the "ageing Closet." I tried it after about 10 days in the bottle. The only way I can describe it is "fruity gasoline." Very wierd taste. I had pretty High temps during fermentation (75-80F) and so I was ready for fruity. But Gasoline? I wish I had a more developed beer vocabulary so I could describe it. Very raw, very "not good"
ANyway, That was Williams American Ale. I've been tasting it every week, and the gasoline-ness has mostly gone away, but hasn't been replaced by anything really all that good. I did a good sani job on everything, the only thing I can think of was the temp and maybe it being a little watery (had some issues with the LME the first time. Forgot to account for it's mass; almost overflowed EUREKA!!!)
How long should I let it go? 4 months? When does it go from getting better to getting worse? I've got another batch in the primary now (munton Brown ale LME/munton amber DME), so I don't have to put all my hope on this first batch, but I would like to see SOMETHING good come from it. It's not undrinkable
, mind you, just not good