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Old 12-07-2012, 06:43 PM   #1
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I couldn't find anything online about this but if it's been covered in another post then apologies...

I've just gotten into brewing over the past couple of months and for my first batch I made a Sierra Nevada PA clone from a kit and it came out great. I compared it to the real thing and the initial taste is dead on which I'm really happy about; it confirmed I'm going to be at this for a looonng time.

The only problem is that the taste of the beer goes away pretty quickly after you swallow it. I've asked a couple of friends who brew and they don't know what it is (they don't necessarily think it's a problem either but they did notice it without being prompted) so I figured I'd come here for some advice. Any experts have any idea what could cause this? Happy to provide additional details if needed. Thanks!

 
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:54 PM   #2
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Can you post the recipe and your process?
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:55 PM   #3
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"beer taste goes away to quickly" same thing happend to me... I drink slower now

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Old 12-07-2012, 08:00 PM   #4
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What was the fg?
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:26 PM   #5
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What was the fg?
Exactly. Sounds like it dried out too much. If all grain, maybe too low of a mash temp. Or, if something like sugar was added to boost ABV, that will dry it out too.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:36 PM   #6
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Thanks for the eyes on this...it was an extract kit, here are the ingredients and my process:

8 oz Caramel 10L
8 oz Carapils
6# gold LME
1 oz Perle @ 60 min, 1 oz Perle @ 30 min
2 oz Cascade @ 2 minutes
S-05 dry yeast

Steeped grains for 30 minutes at 155-165 in 5 gallons distilled water.
Added LME while stirring, first hop addition at first boiling bubbles
Second at 30 minutes
Final addition with 2 minutes left
Cooled in ice bath to <80* F in about 25 minutes, 1 gallon of cold top off water.
Transferred to primary, sprinkled yeast on top. In primary for 5 days then secondary for 3 weeks then bottled.

OG: 1.044
FG: 1.010

 
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:40 PM   #7
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I think that is a little low for your OG for this clone. Sierra nevada lists at 5.6% ABV and yours is clocking in at 4.5% based on those gravity readings. That will certainly contribute to your beer feeling less substantial.

 
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:48 PM   #8
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I agree with billl that your OG might be a little low... which could contribute to some thinness. Also, if your beer is overcarbonated it could lend itself to being a bit dry as well. Your FG looks a hair low, but you acheived good attenuation. So, I'm not sure what's going on, but I'm guessing that the beer is just a little light for the style.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:01 PM   #9
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Thanks for taking a look and the feedback. Is there anything I can do to improve the results in the future or is that just how the cookie crumbles sometimes?

 
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:09 PM   #10
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Using distilled water without minerals may be part of the problem. Taste distilled water compared to spring water and you will know what I mean.

 
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