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Old 01-27-2014, 10:55 PM   #1
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This is only my second batch ever and just a little concern with the fermentation. I had a vial of White labs and didn't realize how much pressure builds when you shake it.....hard. Sprayed what seemed to be about half of it on the floor, but managed to get the other half into the carboy. Took almost 3 days before I saw any activity and I've had it in thee for almost 3 weeks. I got a good krausen, but no airlock activity (which I know is not a good indicator of fermentation). The krausen had just about dissipated so I did a gravity reading and tasted what I pulled out....it did not taste all that good.

My question - is it infected or does it just need more time?

Sorry for all of that and then only a short question.

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Old 01-27-2014, 11:00 PM   #2
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After 3 weeks it should taste like beer. It might seem a little sweet and thick in the mouthfeel because of the lack of CO2. Once carbonated, it will get better in that respect.

When you say it does not taste all that good, what do you mean it tastes like?


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Old 01-27-2014, 11:31 PM   #3
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It will improve with age. A lot actually, in the first month. It also depends on what you made. Dark beers need more time and you don't want to drink them fresh. I'm sure it will be fine, but just to be sure, you might want to open your first bottle on the porch to make sure it doesn't splay off on you. I very much doubt that it's infected though.

 
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:31 PM   #4
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It tastes like skunky beer. My first batch just tasted like flat beer. Pretty good flat beer at that. This one has an off flavor.

 
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:52 PM   #5
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Should I let it sit any longer, or do you think it's good to go for bottling? And it is a Pale wheat ale (Bells Oberon clone). Just don't want to bottle too early and have to deal with exploding bottles. Thanks guys!

 
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:54 PM   #6
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5 gallon batch?
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Old 01-28-2014, 12:22 AM   #7
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Yes, 5G

 
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Old 01-28-2014, 12:41 AM   #8
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what were your gravity readings ?

 
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:05 AM   #9
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I didn't know the trick of getting the hydrometer through the bubbles by spinning it, so I didn't get the OG, but the poster of the recipe stated it should be about 1.057 with the FG being 1.014. My reading today was 1.018.

 
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:58 AM   #10
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And the smell come out of the airlock is amazing. Maybe I'm just being paranoid. If I were just doing all grain and didn't have to purchase expensive extract, I probably wouldn't make such a big deal out of it....plus I was really looking forward to this batch.



 
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