I made this beer as my first All Grain. The results are a little disappointing. The beer has great color, and nice carbonation. The flavor is weak and unremarkable with a funny twang thing at the end. Kind of like a sour paper taste. There is almost no hop flavors or aroma.
I used the 5 gallon all grain recipe, and followed as closely as possible. The wife picked up the recipe from the brew shop and all of the grain was in one bag.
7.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)
0.75 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)
0.50 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM)
Should I have steeped the Cara-Pils and Crystal separately? I assumed not as they were in one bag . I dumped the grain into the mash tun and hit the mash temps. Held it at 153 for the time. I sparged at 195 degrees. I had a problem with a stuck sparge too, but I got pretty good extraction.
I brewed this on July 28th, and I kegged it on August 9th. It's been cold crashed and carbed in a keezer. I know this beer is still green, and I'm going to give it some time to prime up, but of all the beers that I've brewed, this is my least favorite.
Part of learning is doing and I have the ingredients to make another batch, but I'd like to figure out what (if anything) went wrong with this batch.
I think I messed up the process after I pulled the first mash run, I dumped in 3 gallons of 198 degree water, would this screw up the taste?