Coldbreak Brewing HERMS Giveaway!

HomeBrewSupply AMCYL Brew Kettle Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Fermentation & Yeast > Help with light lager - Strange taste after bottling (Acetaldehyde?)
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-16-2013, 05:53 PM   #1
thegreatmp5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 2
Default Help with light lager - Strange taste after bottling (Acetaldehyde?)

Hello,

I usually do ales without any problems. But this time, I brewed a light lager (75% 2-row + 25% flaked corn, 12 IBU hallertau at 60 minutes). Fermented at 50F for 3 weeks with WLP-940 Mexican lager, no starter 1 vial for 2 gallons of beer. It tasted really nice before bottling (I was planning to do the lagering in bottles). I did not add new yeast prior bottling.

After 1 week of bottle condition (at 66F), not a lot of carbonation, sulfur taste (the fermentation wasn't complete).

After 2 weeks in bottles (at 66F), good carbonation but a strange green/herbal taste at the end. Is it acetaldehyde?

I have never had this problem with my ales in 10 years. Is it specific to lager yeast?

For now, I stated the lagering phase with some bottles (35F) and the other bottles are kept at room temperature (66F).

Is it possible to do a good bottle carbonated lager?

Any advice?

Thanks!

Sam


thegreatmp5 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2013, 05:58 PM   #2
Trail
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Colchester, Vermont
Posts: 624
Liked 53 Times on 46 Posts
Likes Given: 79

Default

Of course it's possible, your beer just isn't ready yet. As Revvy will doubtless materialize to tell you, three weeks is the low end of the carb + condition time spectrum. It will often take longer. Leave it alone for another month, and then if necessary re-lager them right in the bottles... and by that I mean, stick them in the fridge for a few weeks.


__________________
Kegged: Scottish Ale
Bottled: Honey Saison
Primary: Honey Steam Pilsner (Still!)

Quote:
Originally Posted by brown_dog_us View Post
The first step is locating a cheap pasta maker. Are you married? If so you probably got one as a wedding present.
Trail is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2013, 02:24 PM   #3
thegreatmp5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 2
Default

Kerin, you were right! I had 3 sets of bottles:

A - Kept in cold (33F) : the green apple taste never went away
B - Room temperature (65F) : the green apple taste faded (50% less)
C - Warm temperature (75F) : the green apple taste went away

Next time, I'll make sure to condition my lagers at warmer temperature and for a longer time (3+ weeks).

Thanks again!

Sam
thegreatmp5 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2013, 10:04 PM   #4
Trail
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Colchester, Vermont
Posts: 624
Liked 53 Times on 46 Posts
Likes Given: 79

Default

Not a problem. It's actually an easy mistake to make if you lager in the bottles, which isn't uncommon: if you do this, you have to make sure to take them back out of the fridge for a few weeks before you chill to serve.
__________________
Kegged: Scottish Ale
Bottled: Honey Saison
Primary: Honey Steam Pilsner (Still!)

Quote:
Originally Posted by brown_dog_us View Post
The first step is locating a cheap pasta maker. Are you married? If so you probably got one as a wedding present.
Trail is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2013, 09:52 PM   #5
gometz
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 938
Liked 133 Times on 106 Posts
Likes Given: 89

Default

For my one lager this year (my re-birth to brewing year), I lagered in the secondary at 34*F and then left in the bottles for 5 weeks at room temperature. Once that was done they were pretty damned good if I may say so myself. There were some off flavors, but I attribute that to the water mostly.


__________________
Blue Lion Brewing
In pipeline: Barleywine w/Brett, Oud Bruin, Sour Hefeweizen, Hoppy Export, American Saison Weizen, Mandarina Helles
Bottled: Multiple Saisons (with and without brett, two black, sour), Barleywine, failed sour, American sour, 2 Flanders Reds, Table Saison, APA, Helles, Hefeweizen, Gose
gometz is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Strange taste MashTun-Kutcher Recipes/Ingredients 9 11-30-2014 06:45 AM
Strange taste ob1 General Beer Discussion 3 01-05-2012 09:45 PM
Vienna Lager acetaldehyde help... r2eng Fermentation & Yeast 4 04-15-2010 11:52 PM
strange after taste bushmanj General Beer Discussion 2 09-25-2009 07:59 PM
Strange Taste? Chris_Dog General Beer Discussion 4 01-06-2008 10:29 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS