Originally Posted by TechyDork
How long are you letting your beers age in the bottle before trying them?
When i was doing extract brews i found that all of my beers had a twang to them after only three weeks sitting 65F. when i started putting them away and letting them age for 5-6 weeks and then letting them sit in the fridge for a week before sampling they were much much better beers. Even with my IPAs this was true, and i did not notice much loss of hop aroma/flavor in 6 weeks vs 3 weeks.
I am trying them every week, at least one.
Right now I have an extract IPA that really does not resemble an IPA, but a nice ale all the same. It has aged 3 months. There is still a noticeable twang to it, but the mouthfeel and overall drink is good. It certainly has mellowed during the time it has sat at 65*.
I have an ESB that has aged about a month and a half. The twang is most noticeable. I will leave this beast alone for another month.
My situation could be worse. At least I have four local breweries to keep my taste buds busy until I can make a great batch of beer. I figure I will make this Stout this week.
So now here is a new question: how much DME should I use to substitute for LME? I have a selection of bulk DME on hand and thought it would be a good experiment/alternative to the LME that is provided with the kit.