- Oct 4, 2008
- Reaction score
My level of concern should be?
Thanks Revvy. I am absolutely meticulous in my sanitation protocols so I never expect infection. This is my first Oktoberfest and first lager so i am definately using new ingredients, yeasties, etc. Just taking a gravity readin after 2 weeks in the primary. Thought I would ask for some experience.None existent.
Just looks like one of the uglier remaining krausens. Some make curdle cottage sheesy looking things, some look like a cracked landscape, some look like frothy whipped creap, some look like dessicated ears. Every yeast has it's own characteristics...
Never worry about a wiered shaped krausen....
I never worry about, or even really judge the tastes of my beers till they have been AT LEAST 3 weeks in the bottle....or up to 6 or so....Any thoughts about the mouth feel of the sample? Am I just tasting yeasty beer since there is still so much work for them yet to do?
Thanks for the detailed input as always Revvy. This is definately not a "patience thing." I am taking my first reading after two weeks in the primary to get an idea of where my fermentation is before I leave home for a couple weeks. As I saw no reason to waste the beer that was used for a sample I decided to taste it to begin to gain some experience tasting beer at different stages of fermentation. Since I am inexperienced in this tasting process I thought I would ask for input on what exactly it was that was hitting my pallet. I figured it was heavy yeast content as I assume there are still many in suspension given the amount of time in the primary as well as the current gravity reading of 1.026. As much help as the HBT community is, there is still no substitute for personal experience.I never worry about, or even really judge the tastes of my beers till they have been AT LEAST 3 weeks in the bottle....or up to 6 or so....
More info can be found here....Revvy's Blog, Of Patience and Bottle Conditioning.
It's really hard to judge whether something is truly an off flavor, or is just green, until you pass a window of greenness. And that's usually based on the gravity/abv of the beer.... my belgian strong dark tasted like rocket fuel for 3 months, and is now perfect...and strong.
You have a lot of yeast in suspension and the beer is still really young
And I've even had most off flavors dissappear with time.
Your beer has a huge journey to go and will change over time....heck 90% of my beers are 2 months minimum from grain to glass...1 month in primary and 3-4 weeks bottle conditioning...I don't even bother to taste my beer samples until bottling day...and I don't "judge" or stress out about even then...it won't taste the same at the end of the journey.....