Drinking the Hydrometer sample

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Today I brewed a batch of a pale ale w/OG of 1044, which is what the recipe calls for (YES!) ..

I sampled the hydrometer (this was the first time I can recall doing this), and it was quite malty (more than I anticipated) ..

I am wondering if this maltiness will become less pronounced after the yeast have their feast, and the gravity gets down to abt 1010 or so.

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What was the SG of the hydrometer reading? I find my stuff still malty until 3 weeks in the fermenter.
 

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I think it will be fine, the maltiness will become subdued especially if you added a bunch of hops (as is custom for pale ales). You could always dry hop to add some hop flavor and "counteract" the maltiness.
 
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My hydro reading was 1044 - just what the recipe called for ..
 

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Oh, it will change (for the better) definitely! I always taste my beer at every step, and I'm getting good at judging the final product based on these tests- but the wort is still too sweet to really get a good idea of final taste. Picture that taste you took with about 3/4 less sweetness- that's an idea of the final taste you'll have. It really is just an idea of the bitterness and balance. It will definitely change and be much better than that.
 

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I always taste the wort/beer every step of the way. I don't judge what the final beer will taste like but I like to know how it is progressing.
Your beer will taste totally different when it is finished.
 
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Good news guys ! Thx for info. Glad to know it will be getting better ..

Trust the process - that is what I must never forget ... I will take another taste after fermentation, before racking .. more ways to understand every stage..
 
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