I recently brewed my first batch. I used the Brewer's Best Holiday Ale kit, the recipe is here: http://www.brewersbestkits.com/pdf/1049_Holiday_Ale.pdf
I left it in the fermenter for two weeks before bottling. I tried one of the bottles two weeks later (yesterday). It tasted pretty good, but left a horrible lingering vinegar after-taste that rendered the beer nearly undrinkable. In fact, I poured the first bottle out.
I've read in these forums that with such a high OG beer it could take a few more weeks to bottle condition. However, I'm wondering if additional time in the bottles will clear up the vinegar taste, or if that is caused by something else?
Based on my reading, I've identified a few things that I may have one wrong: (1) my apartment where the beer fermented stays around 70-75 degrees; (2) After bottling there was ALOT of sediment at the bottom of the fermenter; (3) I may have accidently exposed the beer to a lot of air during the bottling process. Might any of these three sources contributed to the after-taste?
Thanks in advance for any advice.