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Old 03-04-2008, 05:47 PM   #1
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I just tapped a Blonde Ale I made with a recipe from the Brewing Classic Styles. I was a few points low on my OG, but it finished at 1.008 so I know it fermented out well.

It isn't fully carbed yet but it has a real sweet smell and a malty taste.

Is this a result of poor hop bittering, lack of carbonation or some other factor. It's been about 6 weeks since I made the beer.

Let me know what you think?

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Old 03-04-2008, 06:49 PM   #2
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What seems to be the problem, lack of carbonation? Taste like crap? How long in botttles? Don't taste as hops as you might expect? Did you you do a full boil?
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:55 PM   #3
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Need your recipe.

Don't know what's off until we see what was intended..

 
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:56 PM   #4
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When you wrote tapped did you mean this was kegged or bottled?
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:00 PM   #5
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also...we need OG to really tell...but with recipe, it'll be easy to come up with a ballpark.

Until it's fully carb'd, it might taste too sweet, btw.
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:01 PM   #6
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It isn't fully carbed yet but it has a real sweet smell and a malty taste...
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My take is that you're complaining about the carbonation being low, and that the beer's sweet, both of which are more than likely related. Your priming sugar hasn't fermented in the bottle.

Are you conditioning at room temp or in the fridge? It should be at room temp.

How much priming sugar did you use, and how large was the batch?

How long was this beer aged before priming?

 
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:06 PM   #7
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I'll get a recipe from the book in a bit.

I just transferred to the keg last night. I let it sit at 12 PSI over night and I then cranked it up to 30 PSI this morning and shook the keg some. When I pour a glass, there are bubbles and lacing on the glass.

It smells sweet, tastes sweet and doesn't seem to have much hop bitterness to it.

11.5 lbs Pale MAlt
.5 lb crystal 20
1.5 oz Williamette hops at 4.6% recipe called for 1 oz at 5%
California Ale yeast.

Target OG was 1.048, I hit 1.044. FG of 1.008

I'm going to take 1/2 a growler to my club meeting tonight to get some feedback. There are a few guys there that are certified judges of some kind. Only my second meeting with the club.

Thanks in advance for any input you might have.
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:45 PM   #8
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Was it a single hopping at 60 min? Was this your first blonde ale?

 
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Old 03-05-2008, 06:31 PM   #9
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Yes, one hopping at 60 minutes, yes the first blonde ale I've made.

Some of the guys with more experience than me tasted the beer last night and thought the beer itself was good, it might have a touch of DMS and it shold get better with some age.

I pulled it out of the kegerator and put it in the lager freezer to get some time in it.

It was well carbed today and did taste slightly better. Drinkable but not perfect.

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I think this is the real hard part of these naked beers. DMS and Diacetyl really shine through in small amounts. I'd recommend warming the keg to room temp for two weeks, then put it back in the kegger.
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