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Old 06-03-2012, 10:27 PM   #1
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, Virginia
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My son and I bottled our first batch last Sunday and couldn't wait any longer (he had to return to college) so last night put one in the fridge and tasted this afternoon. I understand it needs to age but we couldn't wait. It is an Irish Stout Extract kit. The taste was a little off. How long does it usuallly take to mellow out?

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Old 06-03-2012, 10:30 PM   #2
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It depends on the recipe, I've aged stouts for 6 months and been pretty pleased. I would say age at least 4 weeks after bottling and then chill for at least 3 or 4 days before trying.
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:31 PM   #3
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How long was it in the primary, and if you put it in a secondary how long was it in there?

Most of the time I leave my beer in the primary for AT LEAST 2 weeks more like 3. Then move it over to a secondary for 2 weeks or so, then I keg it and its ready a week after kegging.

I would say that after about 2-3 weeks in bottles it will be better.

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Old 06-03-2012, 10:40 PM   #4
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I did an Irish stout extract with my son as well. (brewers best). Left it in the primary for 3 weeks then bottled. After a week it was a tad bitter. After two it was better. I doubt I'll be able to leave it for months, but def a couple more weeks.
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Old 06-03-2012, 11:04 PM   #5
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Time and patience. Green beer is just nt the same as finished beer - especially for bigger/darker beers.

My Yorkshire brown ale was quote good after three weeks in bottles, but did have a bit of an odd aftertaste. Several weeks later, it was defintiely better.

At four months in bottles, it is absolutely in the discussion for the best brown ale I've ever had - odd aftertaste is long gone.
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:13 AM   #6
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My last batch was a stout, and after three weeks in primary and a week in the bottle it was barely drinkable. It wasn't really until three weeks in the bottle that it really smoothed out. Now ten weeks later, its outstanding.
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