sweetness may be the result of fermentation not being completely finished. describe your process/kits etc.
It's the kits. I tried them many times, and gave up brewing because of them. They are designed to be easy, but I never made a drinkable beer out of them. A few years later, I tried again with an ingredient kit of extract, grains, hops, and quality yeast. It was more expensive, but it was so worth it.Literally every brew I have done tastes exactly the same so I must be doing something wrong. Either that, or kits just don't work properly which I can't see being true or nobody would buy them
For the sake of argument, I'll agree that nice beers can be made with extract. But note I didn't say "I" can make good beers from extract because plain and simple, I can't. I followed directions to the T, was cautious with every detail along the way, and my extract beers were not good. I could always taste an extract twang associated with these beers. I pulled out an old bottled extract beer and was really surprised at how poor that beer was when compared side by side to the same beer in AG.Yes ditch the pre hopped kits. I don't think the people who manufacture them drink beer. You can make great tasting award winning beer with extract, it may take a little time but it is worth it.
Homercidal answered this quite well. I'm not suggesting that you should forget all kits- just those "kit and a kilo" kits that are junk.Yooper so you're suggesting to do a boil/extract brew and to forget the kits?
I use the soup analogy;I love that spaghetti analogy 😀 The extract is already hopped apparently however maybe not enough. I think I am going to wait now until I can do my own recipe. I dry hopped my last batch but it was a waste of time and money, plus the hop bag will probably block my barrel at some stage during drinking it
This, this, this^^^ Endo convoAt 1.008, attenuation isn't the issue.
The problem is the ingredients- prehopped extract mixed up like Kool-Aid, and cheap yeast with the kit. Making a starter won't help since it's a no-boil prehopped kit that will taste the same.
The difference between those kits and a kit with fresh extract and hops to boil will be dramatic.
How can you not follow the directions? It's like making Kool-Aid.Baloney its not the kits even the cheapest kits you can tell an IPA blind testing from anything else. He either has terrible taste buds (my grandfather put hot pepper on everything cuz he couldn't taste it, but he was also really old) or he is obviously doing something wrong. People can make great beer with kits. If they can follow directions.
well, the IPA Kit & a kilo kits are also no boil, so it's not like you add hops to it...........................OK by good I mean better than you're Bud Light
But truly I stand by the fact that there is no way an IPA tastes like anything else.
Unless he's not following directions.
He isn't saying they all taste EXACTLY the same. He says they all share a familiar trait. Sweet.
Wait hang on.... Did you just post the same question as the original poster, even though there are 3 pages worth of responses as to why the beers may be tasting the same/ sweet!?I have now done 5 home brew kits. Ranging from ipa to lager to dark beer. Every kit tastes the same. Sweet. Help me please or I am just going to give up
Copy/Paste spammer.Wait hang on.... Did you just post the same question as the original poster, even though there are 3 pages worth of responses as to why the beers may be tasting the same/ sweet!?
Maybe read back through this post and ask these brew legends more specific questions😊 Also no doubt they will want more info, like fermentation temp etc....