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Old 05-16-2008, 04:30 AM   #1
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May 2008
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Ok so i did a lot of research on the topic of beer brewing and quite frankly i spent more time researching it than i have my five years of college combined. Anyway i have bottled my first batch and after a week and a half time i am currently drinking it. Now to my friends i am damn near god like for creating a drinkable beer. However it is not to my expectations. It lacks.....whats that word? Taste. I have a beautiful golden beverage with little carbonation and truthfully it taste like water downed beer and not even as good as a crappy corona. SO here it is i tried to make an an American pale ale. My first mistake is i commited a cardnal brewing sin an did not check the OG. With that being said why check the FG. I was rushed by friends but i opened three slammed them and can tell there is alcohol present. All i used was extracts so maybe that explains the lack of taste. Its like the initial taste is good followed by a watery after taste. Any suggestions? My initial gaol was to create a drinkable beer to experiment with so where should i go from here?

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Old 05-16-2008, 05:18 AM   #2
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Don't drink any more. A week and a half is not enough time. The general rule for carbonation is three weeks at 70+ degrees. Let it sit for a while. Trust me, it's worth the wait.
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Old 05-16-2008, 05:28 AM   #3
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At LEAST 3 WEEKS to carbonate and have drinkable beer. Every brew will get better from here- wouldn't you like to go back and show your first special lady friend what you have learned over the years? Brewing is the same way.
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Old 05-16-2008, 05:41 AM   #4
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I just learned this the hard way. My beer after a week and half was not very good at all. It did not have the taste I expected. I am a few days away from 3 weeks and I had one tonight.... what a world of difference. It has a nice, strong, bold flavor and a nice hoppy aftertaste. Classic red ale style. I'm loving it now, and I'm sure it will only get better with more time.

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Old 05-16-2008, 08:03 AM   #5
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I did the same with my first beer and tried a bottle a week after. Low carbonation, weak and watery flavor with no body. 2 weeks later the beer was one of the tastiest brown ales I had ever enjoyed. As hard as it is, patience goes a looooooong way in this hobby. Give it a bit more time and I'm sure you'll be loving it.
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Old 05-16-2008, 10:07 AM   #6
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It lacks because you openned them after a week and a half!!!!! They're green and not fully carbed....You must have missed the part about bottle conditioning in your "research."

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It has nothing to do with using extracts...or anything else. Just impatience.
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Old 05-16-2008, 11:54 AM   #7
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What were your ingredients/process if i may ask? i might be able to get a "rough" estimate.
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