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Old 09-30-2007, 05:26 PM   #1
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Mar 2007
Covina, CA
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OK, maybe nobody here has done this but I figured my stupidity was noteworthy enough to spread across the internet.

I made a Scotch Ale a few months ago. A big, malty...beast! Used tons of patience, a first and seconday fermentation, and a LOOOOOOOOng time in the bottle before cracking it open.

Great color, perfect head, smelled yummy. Taste?

Didn't like it. There was some sort of sweetness that tasted...well, weird. It was what I perceived as infected.

Let it sit another month or so.

A couple of days before a friend was about to come over to bottle and brew, I tasted it again. Same thing.

So I dumped it.
All but one bottle.
Figgered I needed bottles for that days brew, made room in the cellar, blah, blah, blah. Scratch it off to improper sanitation.

Friend comes over. I open the one left and pour a taste for him with all kinds of disclaimers, warnings, etc.

He likes it!!

I told him what I'd done and he says, "Hell, I'da happily drunk it for you!"

So, boys and gorillas, let this be a lesson for you: Just because it didn't taste the way you wanted doesn't mean it's bad. Always check with a trusted advisor before doing something stupid and permanent. (Like before you get that really cool tattoo of......)

HTH. Back to your regularly scheduled nonsense.
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Old 09-30-2007, 09:28 PM   #2
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I had a similar experience with my Scotch Ale. Didn't really care for it until about 2 months after bottling. Tastes nice now.
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Old 09-30-2007, 11:50 PM   #3
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I have some beers that are over 2 years old...not many, but some...

Unless they are infected they're drunk.
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Old 10-01-2007, 01:09 AM   #4
May 2007
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I had the same issue with a batch of American Light. I couldn't drink half of a bottle, but a guy at work drank almost the whole batch! I was tempted to dump it, but he took it, and returned the bottles! I have a batch of Scotch Ale that I brewed today, but I added a cinnamon stick, 1/2 tbs crushed clove, 1/2 tbs nutmeg, 1/2 tbs ginger, and used a Euro Ale liquid yeast. I figured anything is worth a shot at least once!

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Old 10-01-2007, 01:13 AM   #5
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Same problem with me and scotch ale. I gave it to some of my SNIZZLE brethren. They loved it.
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Old 10-01-2007, 01:37 AM   #6
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I have a batch I kegged awhile ago. I quickly drank half of it, didnt really care for it. But I have the other five gallons patiently waiting for a few months. Ill put it on gas and see what happens.

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Old 10-01-2007, 03:41 PM   #7
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Those big, malty beasts often need time to come together.

Yep, you learned an important lesson!


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Old 10-01-2007, 09:39 PM   #8
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May 2007
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I'm thinking there would have to be monkey brains floating in my brew before I would dump a whole batch of brew.

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Old 10-02-2007, 07:43 PM   #9
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The same thing nearly happened to me. I made an EIPA that I wasn't terribly fond of. Added wood chips to secondary and didn't really enjoy the flavor they produced. I was about to toss it, but gave some to my two drinking buddies with the same disclaimers. Low and behold they both preferred it to any other beer I had let them taste. Go figure.
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Old 10-03-2007, 01:12 PM   #10
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I think we are often our own harshest critics. I made a Weizenbock that in my head I wanted to taste like Aventinus. It didn't, so I was disappointed. But, everyone else who has tried it has liked it. Go figure. Now I just focus on the brew and enjoy it for its own unique flavors.
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