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Old 11-25-2010, 09:26 PM   #1
Oct 2010
Ann Arbor, MI
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Sampled my first homebrew a little early. It's about 5 days short of being bottled for 3 weeks. I wanted to check one and make sure it carbonated correctly before I bottled my 2nd batch. Cap came off with a pssst and it poured a nice head so apparently I bottled it right.

Didn't care for the taste too much, a little green apple flavor to it. For my first try I did a very basic amber dme batch, nothing else other then hops and some irish moss.

So I asked my wife what she thought without telling her I didn't like it. She thought it was great and I let her drink the rest. She also said it was strong and gave her a good buzz. My wife is a lightweight but the gravity readings say its only a 4.7%.

I did a 3 week primary only at 68 with 2 days in my 50 garage before bottling.

I've read the apple flavor could go away with time. Here's some things I've since learned I did wrong, could these have contributed?

First 30 minutes of wort boil I had the lid on.

I'm an experienced home baker so I pitched the yeast while the wort was a little warm for beer, possibly as high as 90. Airlock was bubbling away within 4 hours with the US-05.

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Old 11-26-2010, 02:40 AM   #2
Sep 2010
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Give it time. Green apple is almost always green beer (or infection), but if it wasn't a yucky, cidery mess, it'll clean up with time.

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Old 11-26-2010, 03:21 AM   #3
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From Palmer: http://www.howtobrew.com/section4/chapter21-2.html

Acetaldehyde. Not an infection unless it starts getting much much worse over time. It'll mellow out and probably disappear completely before long.

... generally it's presence indicates that the beer is too young and needs more time to condition.
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Old 11-26-2010, 03:29 AM   #4
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Sounds like Acetaldehyde.

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