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Old 11-17-2012, 12:28 AM   #1
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Hey fellow brewers I just got done making my second batch of beer but they both kinda tasted the same. I have a really basic setup not much testing equipment. My first batch was an American ale and the second was a pumpkin ale. Both had a great flavor when I was putting them into my primary, but the end result came out the same same flavor. So I guess it probably has to do with how I ferment. Hopefully this little bit of info will get me headed into the right direction.


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Old 11-17-2012, 12:30 AM   #2
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What type of yeasts? What temperatures were the beers fermenting at?


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Old 11-17-2012, 12:35 AM   #3
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Well the pumpkin was safale us-05 dry ale yeast, and I had it sitting in a closet and the temp was around 70, I can't find the name for the other batch but it was also a dry yeast. The first batch was only in a Carboy for two weeks then bottled for two weeks. And with the pumpkin it was in a bucket for a week and Carboy for a week then in bottles for the same
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:16 AM   #4
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I think you would do well to ferment at a lower temp.....mid 60's perhaps......

Also....be more patient....leave your beer in bucket/carboy longer and let them bottle condition longer.....

2 weeks in carboy and 2 weeks in bottle is pretty quick and green....depends on beer....but if I was you I would give it 3 weeks in primary.....and then min 3 weeks in bottles (depends on beer....but these are normally my mins)......again....little cooler on fermentation temp if you can.......

More information would be helpful...maybe post what your plans are for next brew and how you plan to brew it and ferment....and let us give you feedback....you will get a lot of help here from guys if you give full details and dont be afraid to ask what you might thin are dumb questions....we all started out like that

BTW....fermentation temperature = big impact on beer......if you had beer in closet at 70F...then beer probably was at 73-74 which is high......beer will ferment at 3-4 degrees higher than ambient (and even higher in some cases) due to the fact that the yeast activity creates heat (exothermic reaction)......read up on this sight all you can!
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:21 AM   #5
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Hmm, well a few things to try next time:

1) Keep your beer in the primary fermenter a little longer, the yeast is still in the conditioning phase at 2 weeks. Honestly, I have never racked my beer to a secondary and still get great, clear beer. So leave it in the primary for 3 weeks minimum.

2) Try to cool down your beer a little more, at least for the first 3-4 days of fermentation. If your room is 70F, then the yeast fermenting can be anywhere from 5-10 degrees higher while they're in their primary/ attenuative phase, thus resulting in off flavors. To accomplish this, try to make a swamp cooler. Simply put your fermenter inside a cheap rubbermaid tub or a cooler, with some water and add ice packs every 12 hours or so. If you still need to get it cooler, then try to put an old T-shirt over top of the fermenter and put a fan on it. You are aiming to keep the beer at 60F.

Remember, it is only for the first few days, that you need to do this. After 3-4 days take the fermenter out of the bucket and leave it for 3 weeks.
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Lol @mgorte, you beat me to it.
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I think you would do well to ferment at a lower temp.....mid 60's perhaps......

Also....be more patient....leave your beer in bucket/carboy longer and let them bottle condition longer.....

2 weeks in carboy and 2 weeks in bottle is pretty quick and green....depends on beer....but if I was you I would give it 3 weeks in primary.....and then min 3 weeks in bottles (depends on beer....but these are normally my mins)......again....little cooler on fermentation temp if you can.......

More information would be helpful...maybe post what your plans are for next brew and how you plan to brew it and ferment....and let us give you feedback....you will get a lot of help here from guys if you give full details and dont be afraid to ask what you might thin are dumb questions....we all started out like that

BTW....fermentation temperature = big impact on beer......if you had beer in closet at 70F...then beer probably was at 73-74 which is high......beer will ferment at 3-4 degrees higher than ambient (and even higher in some cases) due to the fact that the yeast activity creates heat (exothermic reaction)......read up on this sight all you can!
3-4 degrees is probably an understatement. Sometimes it's 10 degrees+.
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:52 AM   #8
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The freshness of your spices in the pumpkin ale could be a factor?

Pumpkin/Squash beers really seem to be about: what spices/adjuncts are used, and how much.
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Ok thanks for the tips and I think when I get my next batch ready to go I will put it up and see if I'm missing something else besides keeping my temps cooler. Both of these have been kits that were prepackaged so I just followed the direction with the two week fermentation then two weeks in the bottles. But a big thanks so far, and I definitely will be reading up more on my new found hobby
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To be honest,the 1st thing we all learn on here is that kit instructions time lines suck major. Read up on here to find out what we did/learned & you'll get a better product. I primary only for 3 weeks on average for average gravity ales. That's time for the beer to hit FG,& 3-7 days for it to clean up & settle out clear or slightly misty. Then prime & bottle. They'll clear up in a couple days at 70F or better. Higher temps at this point won't cause off flavors as they would during initial fermentation.
3 to 4 weeks is good for average ales ime. Then at least a week in the fridge to settle out chill haze & get co2 into solution. 2 weeks fridge time gives thicker head & longer lasting carbonation.


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