I brewed a 9 gallon batch (at night) that I split into 2 glass carboys. I no-chill, so the batch was split into the 2 carboys the next day in daylight. Fermentation with s-05 was vigorous and left quite a mess on the glass above the liquid. I did use a swamp cooler with t-shirts to aid in cooling. At one week I added a flavor solution (peach or strawberry). After fermentation was done I stored them in the basement naked where light-bulb light could get to them, but not direct sunlight.
Three weeks into the process I bottled and they have a skunky odor.... pretty bad. But it tastes fine. It looks ok, it tastes like I imagined it would. I dont understand why its skunky. Hops were hallertaur hersbrucker and only added as a FWH addition. So any ideas on why a beer might (pre-bottle conditioning) smell skunky but taste ok?
Recipe was bascially 13 pounds 2 row and like 2 pounds crystal of some sort; a basic pale ale. Any thoughts appreciated.
It could be worse.