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Old 01-29-2013, 03:49 PM   #1
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Default Batch is done but bottling supplies are not

Wife bought me one of those Beer Machine beginner kits and all seems well enough, not expecting much anyway. The first batch is ready and I had planned on bottling it as I have no interest in drinking that much beer at one time or taking up half my frig for weeks. The problem is some of my bottling supplies are still in the mail and will be another 2 days maybe 3, thanks Amazon for the 8 day shipping.

Should I go ahead and chill the beer, keep it sealed and at current temp or what while I wait the next couple of days? Afraid chilling will ruin any bottling and produce a flat product.


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Many of us leave our beers alone in primary for a month, then bottle. So whatever you do, will be fine. We have found that ignoring the instructions that say a beer is done in "x" days, and opting to leave it sit awhile longer makes for clearer, cleaner tasting beers. A few days, weeks, whatever, won't hurt your beer, and will actually improve your beer.


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Just leave it as is till your bottling supplies come in. you'll need to carb & condition the bottles at about 70F for 3-4 weeks anyway in a dark area or in covered boxes. Then put some in the fridge for a week to settle any chill haze & get co2 into solution well. 2 weeks fridge time gives thicker head & longer lasting,fine bubbled carbonation.
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Agreed, let it ride. The only likely consequence is that you'll end up with better beer.
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Figuring I would screw up this first run in this thing I'm not expecting much anyway. Initial sample today was sweet and had a lager taste to it, not good considering it's supposed to be a Red Ale. I'm not surprised though as the extract was way heavy on the maple side or maybe that's what they were aiming for considering the typical taste of American (none Northwest Coast) beer drinkers. Any place where Bud Lite, Coors Lite, Miller Lite, Natural Lite and I didn't even know they made it, Busch Lite are the in the top 10 selling beers you can't expect much
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Many of us leave our beers alone in primary for a month, then bottle. So whatever you do, will be fine. We have found that ignoring the instructions that say a beer is done in "x" days, and opting to leave it sit awhile longer makes for clearer, cleaner tasting beers. A few days, weeks, whatever, won't hurt your beer, and will actually improve your beer.
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Figuring I would screw up this first run in this thing I'm not expecting much anyway. Initial sample today was sweet and had a lager taste to it, not good considering it's supposed to be a Red Ale.
How long have you been fermenting this batch? The sweetness you are tasting may well be unfermented sugars because it's not done yet.

Give it 3 weeks in the fermenter, bottle it, 4 weeks more to carb and condition before you try it.
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I have no interest in drinking that much beer at one time or taking up half my frig for weeks.
Hahaha

You might have beer, but it's not done yet! You don't drink the 5 gallons out of the bucket! You put it in bottles or kegs to carbonate!

Think you must be missing a page of instructions.
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Hahaha

You might have beer, but it's not done yet! You don't drink the 5 gallons out of the bucket! You put it in bottles or kegs to carbonate!

Think you must be missing a page of instructions.
Actually instructions said to give it a swirl around the mouth to confirm the sugars were gone if you suspected fermentation was done. Wasn't expecting "beer", was tasting for proof it was ready to move on.
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Actually instructions said to give it a swirl around the mouth to confirm the sugars were gone if you suspected fermentation was done. Wasn't expecting "beer", was tasting for proof it was ready to move on.
If you anticipate that you'll continue to do this hobby, please go ahead and get a hydrometer and sampling tube. That will give you proof that fermentation is finished and let you determine ABV.

The instructions that come with those sorts of kits are sometimes lacking.


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