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Old 11-27-2010, 03:09 AM   #1
Tagez
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I bottled my first two batches of beer, one week ago (Ales, Extract). I was told that each week the beer ages (while conditioning) I should try one to see how the beer has changed. So I guess my question is after one in the bottle the beers are awful. They both have a chemical after taste and feel thin. Am I worried for nothing?

 
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Old 11-27-2010, 03:13 AM   #2
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Did you taste any on bottling day? What kind of chemical aftertaste?

Time heals a lot of things, be patient and wait another week (or 2) before trying another one.

 
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Old 11-27-2010, 03:16 AM   #3
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RDWHAHB. Let it age for about a month after bottling before you try it. I, and many others, made the same mistake you did. Green beer tastes awful. Don't worry about trying one each week while it ages. Let it age for about a month and go from there.

 
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Old 11-27-2010, 03:17 AM   #4
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Did you taste any on bottling day? What kind of chemical aftertaste?

Time heals a lot of things, be patient and wait another week (or 2) before trying another one.
Yes, tasted much better. No chemical taste at all. It was actually flat good tasting beer.

 
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Old 11-27-2010, 12:44 PM   #5
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The real reason they suggest that you sample one after only a week is to give you a taste of the green beer so you will know what it tastes like while still green. If you sample one each week, you should notice a definite change for the better. After you have tried this a few times, you will come to realize that your beer should have time to come together and will gain the patience to let it age.

Don't fret about a bad tasting beer when it has only had a week. Best is to have some commercially produced beer on hand to drink while your homebrew is aging. After a month of aging, try your homebrew and it is likely that you will leave the commercially brewed beer for someone else to finish as your hombrew will taste so much better and you will have the pride of accomplishment.

 
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Old 11-27-2010, 02:02 PM   #6
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I had no idea the beer would taste worse after one week in the bottle!

 
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Old 11-27-2010, 02:16 PM   #7
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Rule of thumb is that the best bottle from each batch is always the last one.
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Old 11-27-2010, 02:49 PM   #8
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I had no idea the beer would taste worse after one week in the bottle!
Remeber, when you bottle carb, The yeast are pooping all over in your beer. Luckily, they poop alcohol. As well as some other nasties, depending on the strain.

Luckily, once again, they also eat their own poop, but not the alcohol. So give them time to purge thier bowels, eat them up and fall asleep on the bottom of your bottle.

Cheers!

 
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Old 11-27-2010, 02:54 PM   #9
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Remeber, when you bottle carb, The yeast are pooping all over in your beer. Luckily, they poop alcohol. As well as some other nasties, depending on the strain.

Luckily, once again, they also eat their own poop, but not the alcohol. So give them time to purge thier bowels, eat them up and fall asleep on the bottom of your bottle.

Cheers!
Mmmmmm... nutritious, delicious yeast poop... omm nom nom nom nom!!!

 
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Old 11-27-2010, 03:40 PM   #10
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So it sound to me like I really have nothing to worry about...I'm just being NOOB?

 
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