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Old 08-08-2012, 11:38 PM   #1
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Default Effects of ferm temp on taste and Torpedo IPA

So last night I enjoyed a Sierra Torpedo IPA and it struck me that it seemed to share taste similarities with some of the flavors I taste in Belgian's that I've tried. So I filed that a way for future exploration. Then today, I was tasting a batch I brewed back in July. This was my standard amber ale recipe but I noted a similar taste which is unusual. When I checked my notes, I'd written "fermented at 76 the first night then cooled."

So I'm concluding that I'm tasting some esters from the S-04 I used. I'm also wondering if the Torpedo IPA might be fermented a little hot (or maybe just uses a yeast strain that imparts more esters).

Any thoughts/comments on my tasting conclusion? I'm looking to improve my tasting observations and appreciate any feedback.

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Old 08-09-2012, 01:08 AM   #2
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Fermented to warm, you probably got some fusel alcohols/esters showing up.
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