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Old 02-21-2008, 11:29 PM   #1
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I brewed a SNPA clone 17 days ago and it has been in the secondary for 3 of those 17. The color is spot on already and it is still clearing, I pulled a sample tonight to test and it just tastes kind of bland. I dont really notice the hops in the flavor or aroma.

Does the carbonation and aging generally cure this, or may it be a bland batch? Recipe was as follows:

1.0 lb. Crystal Malt 60�L

5.5 lbs. Muntons Extra Light DME

.5 oz. Yakima Magnum (Pellets, 13 %AA) boiled 60 min.
.5 oz. Perle (Pellets, 9 %AA) boiled 30 min.
.8 oz. Cascade (Pellets, 5.50 %AA) boiled 10 min.
2 oz Cascade (Pellets, 5.5% AA) aroma. 0 min.

Yeast : Wyeast 1056

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Old 02-21-2008, 11:49 PM   #2
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I my opinion it stops tasting green 6-8 weeks after being brewed. Your recipe is fine and you likely need to be more patient.

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Old 02-21-2008, 11:52 PM   #3
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Just give it time brother...It's WAY too early. 6-8 weeks is a good place to start.

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Old 02-22-2008, 12:19 AM   #4
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Try dry hopping it?
Actually, if you don't notice the hops, aging it will tend to make the hops flavour even weaker as the hops stuff tends to break down.

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Old 02-22-2008, 12:21 AM   #5
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To go one step further I think it varies with the style of the brew.

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Old 02-22-2008, 12:33 AM   #6
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Carbonation is going to bring out that hops bite to your tongue. One week after bottling, while you are brewing another beer, try one twelve ounce bottle as a sample and let us know....... let the rest age minimum two weeks.

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Old 02-22-2008, 12:38 AM   #7
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Thanks for the tips guys. Moved into my new place in July and recently became sorted out enough to really get into brewing, couldnt do much in the old apartment. Have a Boston Lager clone at 40F in my lagerator, this SNPA, and an oatmeal stout kit coming from Austin homebrew tomorrow afternoon.

Wife is going to kill me.......

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Old 02-22-2008, 12:53 AM   #8
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Give it time, let it sit, brew some more to get it off your mind

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Old 02-22-2008, 12:55 AM   #9
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ive noticed that certain beers definately taste better, if not green, then at least very fresh. other beers dont come into their own for several months. i think alot of this depends on a combination of the recipe and the ABV. But i usually wait at least 2 weeks before drinking.....if i can hold out. ive also noticed dfiferent beers take longer to carbonate than others. some have taken up to a month, while my latest pale ale was fully carbonated after a week (ok, i cheated and tasted early....)

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Old 02-22-2008, 01:34 AM   #10
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To me,...

beer always taste best when you're down to your last sixer. Must be that point when it's finally stopped being green.

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