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Old 07-09-2010, 04:56 PM   #1
Gopher40
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Memorial day weekend I brewed my Hanks Hefeweizen from MW. I let it go three weeks in the primary. It has been close to three weeks now in the bottle and it doesn't taste much different than my test bottle did after 5 days. Sort of a sour taste. I do get a little pop when I open it so there is some carbonation. I do get a head when I pour it. Orginal and final gravity were pretty much right on with what the recipe calls for. I am hoping it will mature more, but it was my understanding that a weizen was one you could drink earlier that some other beers. It has been in the basement (temp aprrox 66-68 degrees) entire time since bottling. I let the last one I tried sit in the fridge for the last three days. Anyone else had this issue before?



 
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Old 07-09-2010, 05:03 PM   #2
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Probably a dumb question, but have you ever had a real hefeweizen before? They have a very distinct taste that is different from most beers.



 
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Old 07-09-2010, 05:46 PM   #3
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That was the second beer i made. It came out fantastic. Although it took about 6 weeks from botteling for some of the bubblegum/bannana flavors to dissipate to a level that I like. I never deteced sourness in mine though. Perhaps an infection?

 
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:14 PM   #4
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Its definitely an "off" taste at this point. I have had many different ones before. One of my favorite beers is a Weizen at my local brew pub. Bananas and cloves taste is waht I enjoy about that beer. Hopefully it is something that just needs to mellow out in the bottle more. This being my first homebrew, I was just hoping it wasn't going to be a bad batch. Time will tell I guess.

 
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:23 PM   #5
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I just brewed Hank's and it's 3 weeks in the bottle tomorrow. The ones I've opened so far are really good, so it shouldn't be the recipe.

 
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:42 PM   #6
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sounds like you got an infection from somewhere. You want to outline your recipe and your exact procedures so maybe we can help you spot any problems?
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Old 07-09-2010, 08:29 PM   #7
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What you're probably tasting is yeast twang. I made my first hefe a year ago and even at 2 months it was awful. There was way too much hefe yeast taste, while people say they should be drunk young, mine didn't taste good until I tasted a bottle a year later!. At this point it was one of the best wheat beers that I have ever tasted, homebrew or storebought.

 
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:00 PM   #8
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Well maybe I can hope for the yeast twang thing as described by redalert. I did do a yeast starter with the Whitelabs yeast I used. Maybe it might still be good at some point.

 
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:24 PM   #9
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I know… six months later…

But out of curiosity, do you remember how much water you used to steep the 8 oz. Carapils specialty grains?

I’m still mulling over Palmer’s recommendation of “less than one gallon per pound” of specialty grains for steeping to avoid tannin extraction (“highly alkaline water” is also a problem as well as temps above 170* F)

 
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Old 01-22-2011, 02:26 PM   #10
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I believe I steeped the grains with 2 1/5 gallons of water.



 
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