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Old 09-05-2008, 07:34 PM   #1
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Tastes lovely, smells like beef stew. That is the way that I would explain my Test Ale, AKA Harvest Ale, aka find out what the hell Maris Otter tastes like by itself ale.

10lbs Maris Otter
2 oz Willamette
.5 oz Hallertau
.5 oz Irish moss

I am sanitary, I did a normal mash, used Coopers dry ale yeast and all went well. I don't have a chiller (which might be the problem) so it cooked all night in a corny keg and I added the yeast the next morning.

When I first smelled it I got a touch or butt funk or cooked butt (either way unpleasant). The taste though is great, smooth, tasty and good color, nice hop flavor (though not aroma).

Any ideas why I smell raw beef and yet taste yummy beer?
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Old 09-05-2008, 07:35 PM   #2
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How old is the beer?
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Old 09-05-2008, 07:42 PM   #3
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The beef stew I make calls for a good amount of barley, maybe you are just mentally associating the smell of barley with beef stew?
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:11 PM   #4
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The beer is just carbed in the keg, 1 month total age from brew to drink.

I too like a goodly amount of barley in my soup, and it isn't just that kind of smell. Really smells like a pot pie...strange really. Like raw beef and cooked bread (I will associate that with the yeast).

It smelled gamey before priming it too!
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:23 PM   #5
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Interesting. Meaty, brothy aromas are usually associated with yeast autolysis. I'd be very surprised if your yeast died and started decomposing that quickly, but that's sure what it sounds like.

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Old 09-05-2008, 08:27 PM   #6
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This is very strange.. first i have ever heard.
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:29 PM   #7
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you can call it Madd Cow Otter
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Old 09-07-2008, 06:48 AM   #8
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How long did you mash the beef for, and what kind of cuts? If it's roast beef that can cause too much beefy flavor, whereas sirloin is more subtle. Never mash with hamburger.
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Old 09-07-2008, 07:02 AM   #9
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That sounds as good as pork cider.

You should use stout in beer recipes though.
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Old 09-07-2008, 07:20 AM   #10
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you didn't throw rib eyes in your mash, did you?
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