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Old 01-06-2011, 12:50 AM   #1
Dec 2010
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Well the beer has been carbonating since Saturday, and I just had to try it. Got a few mixed feelings. This is supposed to be a two hearted clone. Carbonation isn't there, aroma is good and I can taste the centennial hops, but the bitterness isn't thereand it taste a little flat (watered down). Its prob that way because we added water rather than sparging more.

Anyways figured I would post a pic and get some feedback.
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Old 01-06-2011, 12:53 AM   #2
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Well, carbonation will improve the flavor and mouthfeel, but not the bitterness and the watery flavor. It looks pretty good!
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Old 01-06-2011, 01:00 AM   #3
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Are you force carbing or bottle conditioning? If force carbing, ramp the CO2 up and shake up the keg for a bit. If bottle conditioning, wait another couple weeks to crack the next one open. Bitterness would have to have been taken care of during the boil. The best you can do at this point is dry hopping in a keg if you are using it to maybe add some floral aroma, but it isn't going to up your bitterness much.

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Old 01-06-2011, 01:06 AM   #4
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When I first started out, I thought my first batch tasted watery at first too. Let it sit a few more weeks and see how much better it gets.

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Old 01-06-2011, 01:27 AM   #5
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3 days in the bottle ? Carbination and conditioning is about 3 weeks in the bottle minimum. At least thats what I do.

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Old 01-06-2011, 01:49 AM   #6
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It should carbonate more and more to a certain extent. I'd wait a week at least. A few days isn't really enough, but a week is much better. How much and how long did you boil the hops?

Disregard your thoughts on the beer right now. It's not ready just yet! Give it a month before you start to judge. I think that's when the pale ales are the best.

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Old 01-06-2011, 01:52 AM   #7
May 2009
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That is what green beer looks and tastes like.
Give it more time my friend!

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Old 01-06-2011, 02:01 AM   #8
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looks light but taste is everything...congrats!
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Old 01-06-2011, 02:10 AM   #9
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Sounds normal to me. Have you tried a three-day-packaged beer before? It will taste sort of airy because it's flat, which comes off as watery. I can almost taste it based on your description. I think it will turn out awesome. The CO2 will increase bitterness and mouthfeel, taking care of the two things you're unhappy with. Also, if you dry hopped, that will really blossom in a week or two, in my experience.

Now I'm looking forward to pouring some of my IIPA that I've been miraculously patient with since putting it in the fridge under gas on the 26th. Friday is the day. :cheers:

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Old 01-06-2011, 02:39 AM   #10
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Like everyone else has already said give it time

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