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Old 12-23-2009, 09:20 PM   #1
anteup02
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I brewed a Brewers Best Holiday ale a few weeks back. I sampled one today (it has only been bottled for 1 week so far) to see how it was progressing. It tastes fine to me (needs more carbonation still), but it has a kind of sour smell to it. The samples I took for gravity readings throughout fermentation smelled like this as well, i just thought maybe it would go away with time. Anyone know what typically causes this?



 
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:22 PM   #2
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Could just be green beer. You can get some strange smells/flavours from incomplete fermentation. The beasties almost definitely just need to clean up a bit after fermentation. This is the hardest part of brewing, the wait... Taste again in a week or two.



 
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:22 PM   #3
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Most off flavors and smells disipate with time. Many experienced brewers will tell you to not even think of diagnosing off flavors, etc. until 6 weeks after bottling, and with big beers even longer.

What was the OG for your Holiday Ale?

 
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:26 PM   #4
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thanks for the quick replies. My OG was about 1.066 from my measurement (supposed to be 1.068 - 1.072). The FG was 1.02. I got this reading 3 straight days so bottled after only a 12 days in the primary. I am guessing maybe I should have left it in the primary longer from reading a couple other threads on here, just wasn't sure if this would cause the sour smell.

 
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:31 PM   #5
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thanks for the quick replies. My OG was about 1.066 from my measurement (supposed to be 1.068 - 1.072). The FG was 1.02. I got this reading 3 straight days so bottled after only a 12 days in the primary. I am guessing maybe I should have left it in the primary longer from reading a couple other threads on here, just wasn't sure if this would cause the sour smell.
leaving it on the yeast for 3 weeks min. is a good idea, however if I had to guess, its just a green beer right now.

Let it sit 2 more weeks, then crack open another bottle. If your happy with the result, cool some more, if not...wait another week. rinse and repeat.

 
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:32 PM   #6
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actually that seems a little high for a FG. what kind of yeast did you use?

 
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:43 PM   #7
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actually that seems a little high for a FG. what kind of yeast did you use?
TipsyDragon - I just used what came with the kit. Some kind of Danstar brand yeast, can't believe i didn't write down which kind. I obviously have a lot to learn. I have been reading the past week or so how much yeast can change the flavor, so this is definitely something i will note in the future.

 
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:48 PM   #8
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Fermentation Temp makes a big difference as well. I had a sweet stout that was stable at .007 gravity points higher than it's FG. I moved the fermenter towards the end of fermentation to an area that was 2F higher and it finished on target.

Not saying this is an issue for you, just another thing to consider.

 
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:50 PM   #9
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I have been reading the past week or so how much yeast can change the flavor, so this is definitely something i will note in the future.
good


it is possible, only possible, that you had a stuck fermentation. IF you did that wouldn't cause the smell. i'm going to ask another silly question here. what was your fermentation temp? keep in mind that the wart was most likely a few degrees above room temp.

 
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Old 12-23-2009, 10:02 PM   #10
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well i had my apartment around 68 degrees...guess i need to go get a thermometer strip to attach to my bucket as well to better monitor this.



 
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