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Old 07-08-2011, 09:55 PM   #1
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Default Second batch, not so good!

Well my first batch of brew came out pretty good. In fact all that tried in gave me a thumbs up as the re-filled their glasses. It was the Liberty Cream Ale kit from Midwest Supplies. For my second brew I decided to use a kit from a LHBS. It was a Milk Stout kit and I added a cup of chocolate powder at the flame out. My gravity all came out normal. I did a primary of 7 days and a secondary of 10 days. I then kegged and have had it in the fridge for almost 3 weeks. I tried it last night and was very disappointed. No real mouth feel and to sweet. I know there are so many factors and I may be to vague, but any suggestions as to what went wrong or what I should do differently next time?

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Old 07-08-2011, 10:02 PM   #2
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What was the OG? 17 days in my opinion is no where near long enough for a even a low OG ale, let alone a stout. Especially if your not even bottle conditioning. Any off flavors had no time to clean up.


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Old 07-08-2011, 11:16 PM   #3
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Off the top of my head I think it was 1.055
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FG what was leftto ferment need both to know where you're at. I let stouts sit at least a month before checking FG but thats my .....02
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FG what was leftto ferment need both to know where you're at. I let stouts sit at least a month before checking FG but thats my .....02

Again off the top of my head ( I don't have my notes in front of me), the FG was around 1.010.

I think my problem is being patient and being a beginner. Should I have left it in the primary longer or rack to the secondary and let sit for a month or so?
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Again off the top of my head ( I don't have my notes in front of me), the FG was around 1.010.

I think my problem is being patient and being a beginner. Should I have left it in the primary longer or rack to the secondary and let sit for a month or so?
Yea that would have helped a lot.
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Any way to salvage this batch?
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I believe you're stuck. You could have a lot of Real Beer Floats though!
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We have probabily all made a beer that tasted pretty bad and drank it anyway.

Mine was a batch that I added way too much special b to and was horrible but drank anyway. I spent the money and made the beer so I drank the beer. Call it a learning experience
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Did the batch use lactose? If so, there is the sweetness. Milk stouts are also called Sweet stouts.

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