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Title: Free Beer!
Post by: flbrewer on August 04, 2014, 01:36:46 AM
OK, now that you've clicked...would someone with an expert palette be willing to taste a beer I recently bottled and give feedback? It's an extract pale ale which I think turned out pretty good. There is still something that I can't place that I don't love and need help identifying. The recipe is below if that matters.

6 lbs 8.0 oz    Light Dry Extract (8.0 SRM)    Dry Extract    1    100.0 %
0.75 oz    Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] - Boil 40.0 min    Hop    2    30.5 IBUs
1.00 oz    Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min    Hop    3    3.6 IBUs
1.00 oz    Centennial [10.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 0.0 min    Hop    4    0.0 IBUs
1.00 oz    Mosiac [12.50 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 0.0 min    Hop    5    0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz    Chinook [13.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 0.0 min    Hop    6    0.0 IBUs
1.8 pkg    Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml]    Yeast    7    -
1.00 oz    Centennial [10.00 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Days    Hop    8    0.0 IBUs
1.00 oz    Mosiac [12.50 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Days    Hop    9    0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz    Chinook [13.00 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Days    Hop    10    0.0 IBUs
Gravity, Alcohol Content and Color
Est Original Gravity: 1.047 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.011 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 4.7 %
Bitterness: 34.2 IBUs
Est Color: 6.6 SRM
Measured Original Gravity: 1.046 SG
Measured Final Gravity: 1.010 SG
Actual Alcohol by Vol: 4.7 %
Calories: 151.6 kcal/12oz

Cheers! 
*Would prefer someone in the SE due to shipping costs and times.
Title: Re: Free Beer!
Post by: majorvices on August 04, 2014, 02:55:58 AM
I'd be happy to taste it if you like.
Title: Re: Free Beer!
Post by: redbeerman on August 04, 2014, 01:53:19 PM
It's the Mosaic hops... ;)
Title: Re: Free Beer!
Post by: speed on August 04, 2014, 05:00:06 PM
It's the Mosaic hops... ;)
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I want to know what app you are using that you can taste beer over the internet ;)
Title: Re: Free Beer!
Post by: Dr Mindbender on August 04, 2014, 05:25:56 PM
I'll give it a try...I'm in SC.
Title: Re: Free Beer!
Post by: ynotbrusum on August 04, 2014, 05:34:29 PM
It could be your water, too.  Try using RO with extract batches, if you have been using tap water.

As to the recipe, maybe steep a little crystal with that?
Title: Re: Free Beer!
Post by: HoosierBrew on August 04, 2014, 05:34:44 PM
Out of curiosity, do you have a ballpark description of the problem ?
Title: Re: Free Beer!
Post by: flbrewer on August 04, 2014, 06:21:38 PM

It could be your water, too.  Try using RO with extract batches, if you have been using tap water.

As to the recipe, maybe steep a little crystal with that?
I've always used distilled bottled water with my batches. As for the crystal, I purposely left it out this time to dry it out a bit.
Title: Re: Free Beer!
Post by: flbrewer on August 04, 2014, 06:23:10 PM

Out of curiosity, do you have a ballpark description of the problem ?

Not exactly, I'm going to test again and (attempt) to take some notes. It's just lacking something that other beers in that style have had. Hopefully some veteran home brewers can pinpoint that for me!
Title: Re: Free Beer!
Post by: flbrewer on August 04, 2014, 08:50:40 PM
Anyone else? Shipping these out tomorrow.
Title: Re: Free Beer!
Post by: Joe T on August 05, 2014, 02:14:50 AM

Out of curiosity, do you have a ballpark description of the problem ?

Not exactly, I'm going to test again and (attempt) to take some notes. It's just lacking something that other beers in that style have had. Hopefully some veteran home brewers can pinpoint that for me!

Hops look good. Maybe it's lacking some crystal, munich, vienna, biscuit, honey malt, victory, or other appropriate specialty malt to add another some dimension or complexity to the malt character? A beer brewed with just malt extract or base malt is gonna be pretty plain.
Title: Re: Free Beer!
Post by: majorvices on August 05, 2014, 02:42:19 AM

Out of curiosity, do you have a ballpark description of the problem ?

Not exactly, I'm going to test again and (attempt) to take some notes. It's just lacking something that other beers in that style have had. Hopefully some veteran home brewers can pinpoint that for me!

Hops look good. Maybe it's lacking some crystal, munich, vienna, biscuit, honey malt, victory, or other appropriate specialty malt to add another some dimension or complexity to the malt character? A beer brewed with just malt extract or base malt is gonna be pretty plain.

I haven't tried the beer yet but my suggestion looking at the grain bill was to add a mini mash to add FAN and colloids - both which are lacking in an all extract beer.
Title: Re: Free Beer!
Post by: reverseapachemaster on August 05, 2014, 01:42:56 PM
I am also willing to give it a go if you think your beer will survive traveling to hot ass Texas, aka the belly of the beast.
Title: Re: Free Beer!
Post by: beerlord on August 05, 2014, 05:53:47 PM
I wonder about the Mosaic myself as the few times I used them as late additions, I noticed a different, not bad, flavor.
So, I made an all Mosaic IPA that I hope to test this weekend but the test taste when I kegged it also displayed something I'm not use to. 
I've read that many have felt the same way.But, I would think the water would have more to do with it than the Mosaic since they were very late and dry hop additions only.