Not happy with results - Page 3 - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Not happy with results

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 08-08-2011, 02:01 PM   #21
SgtB
Recipes 
 
Jun 2011
Clayton, NC
Posts: 54
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by TwoSheaStl View Post
Thanks for all the responses. To answer some of your questions:

- I steeped the specialty grains for about 30 minutes at 150 degrees.

- I used hop pellets, but did use a steeping bag. I think next time I will just throw the hops right in.

- I added Irish Moss at the end of the boil for clarity.

- I left my first beer (amber ale) in the primary for 2 weeks, second (cream ale) in the primary for an entire month.

YEAST: This is where I think I might have messed up. On my first beer I used a Wyeast smack pack, but only let it sit for about 8 hours before I pitched it. For my second beer, I made a yeast starter the day before. I didn't really notice any extreme foaming on top. I pitched the starter, but DIDN'T shake it up before I did. There was a lot of yeast left on the bottom of my growler. However, my OG and FG were about right. 0.050 to start and finished at about 0.010.

- I let the beers sit in the bottles for 3 weeks. Once I opened them, the carbonation was fine, but that flavor that you get on the sides of your tongue w/ any beer is not there. I only taste it on the tip.

I use a hop bag. My OG sample blew my hair off from the hops last time.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2011, 04:37 PM   #22
Hang Glider
Beer Drinker
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
Hang Glider's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2007
North Augusta, SC
Posts: 3,215
Liked 204 Times on 152 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by TwoSheaStl View Post
Carbonation has never been an issue, however, I cracked a few open this weekend (from my first batch) which was brewed about 3 months ago (amber Ale) and they tasted the best they ever have. So, unfortunately—looks like I'm going to have to wait 3 months to drink my beer rather than 1
aha....see?? Patience!


3-4 weeks in the fermenter, 3 weeks in the bottle at 70F to carbonate - 6-8 weeks total should get you a decent beer. Some better longer (like porters, stouts, )

Temp control, too, during the first several days at least - if you aren't doing that now -
Smack Packs don't HAVE to be smacked - that's just a little 'helper' to prove the yeast are viable. Starters rarely yield krausen, just more white layers of yeast at the bottom of the flask.

congrats on it tasting better now!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2011, 03:51 AM   #23
LongDogBrew
Recipes 
 
Jun 2011
Florence, OR
Posts: 8


You'll notice that the Liberty Cream Ale will be great too after you allow it to age. I tasted mine after being bottled for 3 weeks. It was still too green with an apple off-flavor. I didn't try it again until it was 6 weeks old and it tasted excellent! I've been happy with all the kits I've purchased from Midwest.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Results are in!!! BLECH!!! 70Cuda383 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 22 03-10-2011 11:03 PM
First Results sprocketmaker Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 06-07-2010 06:50 PM
First brew results Hound_Dog Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 05-11-2009 04:26 AM
Results of a boil-over? syd138 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 10-21-2008 01:37 PM
First Brew - Too Soon? - Results Evets Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 04-16-2006 07:52 PM


Forum Jump