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polamalu43

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I tasted my weizen two weeks after brewing it and it definitely had a sour, possibly soap-like aftertaste. Fermentation stopped one week after brewing it so it's been bottled for one week. Will this off-flavor subside with more time in the bottle?

In general do off-flavors subside with more time? I was always under the impression that the only thing that subsides after more aging were flaws that were non off-flavors in beer (e.g. strong alcoholic aromas, overly sweet tastes, etc.). But, off-flavors (e.g. wet cardboard, sour or soapy tastes, etc) never really subside.

I'm a total noob and I realize I should probably RDWHAHB. I just want some counseling from the veterans here.

Has anyone ever tasted their beer 2 weeks post brewing?

One last note is that it had good carbonation and good head, but it was watery as all hell.

Thanks for your help.
 

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Two weeks is way too soon to judge a beer. Be patient. Leave it for three more weeks, at least, before judging it. It will undoubtedly improve immensely!

You might also want to consider using a secondary fermenter to let it settle and age a couple more weeks before bottling.
 

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You're drinking a two-week old weizen. My guess is you have a ton of yeast suspended in those beers and your flavor is off kilter.

I'd have let the beer primary for at least 2 weeks to allow some excessive yeast to settle out. But...since it's in the bottles, give it 3-4 more weeks to bottle condition.

The watery aspect will go away as the CO2 becomes fully absorbed into the solution. Beer always "gains body" as the carboantion reaches full saturation.
 

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To add to BierMuncher's comments...I usually rack my HWs to a secondary to allow more of the yeast to fall out.

When I rack to the bottling bucket I'll take "some" of the yeast off of the bottom. You only need enough to get it cloudy again. ;)

There's nothing wrong with sampling your brew now, but the flavor will change over time. If it has a good carbonation level now then I would recommend placing them in the fridge for a couple days/week before sampling another one. ;)
 
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