need help fixing my first failed beer - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > need help fixing my first failed beer

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-30-2012, 05:33 AM   #1
NorthSide
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Chicago, illinois
Posts: 82
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts



i brewed a brown ale about a month ago using home grown centennial hops, and i am now kicking myself for not doing a test batch or hop tea first. i now have 5 gallons, kegged, carbed, and ready to be drunk, but of a beer that to me does not taste good. the homegrown hops provided no flavor or aroma, and almost give it an old vegetable flavor. i tried dry hopping in the keg with 3 oz of store bought hops, but that only added some aroma...

any ideas as to how i can make this beer drinkable?

here's the recipe:

11.00 British Two-row Pale
0.75 American Crystal 80L
0.75 Belgian Biscuit
0.38 American Chocolate
1.00 Flaked Barley

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2012, 07:11 AM   #2
dbsmith
Recipes 
 
Feb 2011
Seattle, Wa
Posts: 414
Liked 27 Times on 19 Posts


I would try blending it with another beer. The dry hopping may add additional vegetal flavors, so i would rack the beer off of them after 3 days or so.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2012, 07:27 AM   #3
bigbeergeek
Recipes 
 
Sep 2008
Visalia, CA
Posts: 4,089
Liked 122 Times on 100 Posts


Brew something else and see if a month or two more in the bottle will mend the beer.
__________________
"Good people drink good beer." -HST

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2012, 08:19 PM   #4
etrain666
 
etrain666's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2011
Parker, CO
Posts: 134
Liked 8 Times on 6 Posts


I recently did a beer where I completely forgot to add the bittering hops. I boiled a half gallon of water with 2 ounces of hops for one hour and added it to primary (after cooling to room temp) on the second day. After bottling, the beer started very bitter, but mellowed nicely in a few weeks.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2012, 08:39 PM   #5
NorthSide
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Chicago, illinois
Posts: 82
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


thanks for the replies! i removed the dry hops and i'm going to let it sit for a while and hopefully brew something else. maybe blending will be the answer. or i was thinking of adding some bourbon infused with vanilla or oak... i'm just mad at myself since this is the first batch i've brewed in years that i wasn't happy with.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 02:03 PM   #6
Xpertskir
Recipes 
 
May 2012
Morgantown, Wv
Posts: 2,224
Liked 453 Times on 291 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by dbsmith View Post
I would try blending it with another beer. The dry hopping may add additional vegetal flavors, so i would rack the beer off of them after 3 days or so.
Yeah because 10 gallons of bad beer is what he wants....


Cut your losses. See if its gets better over time, if not learn from the mistake and make room for better beer by dumping it.

eastoak Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 06:31 PM   #7
pstrohs
 
pstrohs's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2010
St Louis
Posts: 296
Liked 12 Times on 12 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Xpertskir

Yeah because 10 gallons of bad beer is what he wants....

Cut your losses. See if its gets better over time, if not learn from the mistake and make room for better beer by dumping it.
He kegs and if he can have more than one beer on tap at the same time then blending could be a good fix. You can easily pour a half pint and top off with another beer.
__________________
"Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right"

Keezer Build

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 07:19 PM   #8
NorthSide
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Chicago, illinois
Posts: 82
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


i do have a 3 gallon test batch in primary right now that's a smash with golden promise and homegrown centennial hops, if that one turns out maybe i can do a little blending. otherwise it's probably going down the drain and i'm back to the drawing board.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 09:05 PM   #9
Herky21
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Herky21's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2012
Des Moines, IA
Posts: 308
Liked 15 Times on 15 Posts


you could make it a fruit beer of some kind. I have a ~7% belgian that had no hop aroma and came out to around 10 IBUs. I did this on purpose because I was aging it on black peppercorns and pineapple. Everyone who's tried it has loved it. You could use something like blackpepper, or even jalapenos to give the beer the bitterness that its missing. As it's a brown ale, some coffee could help with this too and blend better. Frangelic Brown from Founder's uses hazelnut coffee and is pretty good.
__________________
On hand or fermenting


IPA
Boat Beer
Oud Bruin /vanilla
Coffee IPA
Pre prohibition Cream Ale
Mexican Stout in BB

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 10:21 PM   #10
dbsmith
Recipes 
 
Feb 2011
Seattle, Wa
Posts: 414
Liked 27 Times on 19 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Xpertskir View Post
Yeah because 10 gallons of bad beer is what he wants....


Cut your losses. See if its gets better over time, if not learn from the mistake and make room for better beer by dumping it.
Who's to say it will be bad? Blending is a master technique and it's easy to try. There is no reason to waste beer unless it's beyond help. Try blending the beer with another beer in different proportions in a pint glass, using a beer which has the aspects you are missing/wanting (e.g. hop flavor/aroma). Once you figure out the correct proportion and/if you like the beer, then you can mix kegs if you want (Avoid oxidation). The boiled hops in water technique someone mentioned is also a viable option if you decide the beer is that bad. Good luck.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fixing a Bad Beer 1GR8DA Fermentation & Yeast 1 10-20-2012 02:27 PM
Fixing questionable beer Natethebrewer Recipes/Ingredients 20 08-15-2012 11:21 AM
Fixing a tasteless beer Olive Drab General Beer Discussion 22 07-17-2012 11:43 AM
need some help with fixing a sweet beer ericmichaels Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 15 01-12-2010 04:03 AM
Need help fixing up a beer jacksonbrown General Beer Discussion 6 03-19-2009 08:03 PM


Forum Jump