I'm a newbie here and I'm wondering if I can get some help diagnosing what may or may not be a problem with a batch of beer. The recipe/procedure is as follows and is for an English Pale.
1lb 20Lcrystal malt- steeped at ~160degrees for 25 min.
6.6 lbs Muntons Plain Light DME
1.5 oz Kent Goldings (60 min) - All hops are whole
.3oz Kent Goldings (25 min)
.3oz Fuggles (25 min)
1oz Fuggles (5min)
White Labs #WMP005 RTP British Ale yeast.
Basically, the fermentation started well after about 12 hours, and slowed pretty substantially after 5 days. I then tasted the beer, which seemed somewhat harsh and a little "dirty". I noticed myself that the Fuggles smelled a bit dirty, but I don't pick up that smell in the beer at all, just the taste. The smell was actually very nice. After letting the beer sit for another two days, I sampled it again today and it seemed a bit less harsh, but still somewhat unpleasant.
I don't have a carboy for secondary fermentation, but I plan on letting the beer condition in the primary fermentation bucket for another 10 days or so, along with at least 2-3 weeks in the bottles. The beer has been fermenting at ~70 degrees for the last week, although there has been some temperature fluctuation.
Basically, I am wondering if I can expect this beer to mellow out much more and rid itself of the dirty flavor, or if that is possibly just a characteristic of using the Fuggles for flavoring and is something I'll have to deal with.
Thank you for any help you can provide.
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Anyhow check out The Salmander Carle's a good guy and will hook you up!Keep Brewing and stay cool.