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Title: I'm pretty happy
Post by: redrocker652002 on January 29, 2022, 02:48:18 pm
My next brew is a Bling Pig clone from Austin Brew Supply.  I got my brothers Shock Top clone there and he loved it.  My OG is spot on at 1.058 and all went well.  Pitched the yeast and it is in the closet getting happy.  Next weekend we will dry hop and add some additional oak chips or flavor I guess.  LOL.  My next idea is to create a recipe on my own.  After a bit of research I have found my base malt to be 8lb of 2 row, 2lb of Vienna malt and 1lb of caramel.  Now, I just need to fool around with the hops and see what comes of it.  I might try a British Ale yeast as I have read they impart a bit of a citrus flavor to the brew, but I digress.  I have a five gallon fermenter going and will hopefully have beer in a few weeks. 

Thanks to all who have helped me so far, you guys rock!!!!!!
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: fredthecat on January 29, 2022, 03:57:55 pm
My next brew is a Bling Pig clone from Austin Brew Supply.  I got my brothers Shock Top clone there and he loved it.  My OG is spot on at 1.058 and all went well.  Pitched the yeast and it is in the closet getting happy.  Next weekend we will dry hop and add some additional oak chips or flavor I guess.  LOL.  My next idea is to create a recipe on my own.  After a bit of research I have found my base malt to be 8lb of 2 row, 2lb of Vienna malt and 1lb of caramel.  Now, I just need to fool around with the hops and see what comes of it.  I might try a British Ale yeast as I have read they impart a bit of a citrus flavor to the brew, but I digress.  I have a five gallon fermenter going and will hopefully have beer in a few weeks. 

Thanks to all who have helped me so far, you guys rock!!!!!!

sounds good., thats a nice popular grist ratio.

re: oak chips and flavour (its for a shock top clone? if so i'd advise against oaking it?) as denny said - change one variable at a time and keep track of the process, then you can determine if that variable was a positive or negative
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: Richard on January 29, 2022, 05:28:59 pm
My next brew is a Bling Pig clone...

Is that the one with the nose and ear rings and a gold chain around the neck?
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: redrocker652002 on January 30, 2022, 09:46:30 am
My next brew is a Bling Pig clone from Austin Brew Supply.  I got my brothers Shock Top clone there and he loved it.  My OG is spot on at 1.058 and all went well.  Pitched the yeast and it is in the closet getting happy.  Next weekend we will dry hop and add some additional oak chips or flavor I guess.  LOL.  My next idea is to create a recipe on my own.  After a bit of research I have found my base malt to be 8lb of 2 row, 2lb of Vienna malt and 1lb of caramel.  Now, I just need to fool around with the hops and see what comes of it.  I might try a British Ale yeast as I have read they impart a bit of a citrus flavor to the brew, but I digress.  I have a five gallon fermenter going and will hopefully have beer in a few weeks. 

Thanks to all who have helped me so far, you guys rock!!!!!!

No, the oak chips were part of the kit for the Blind Pig.  The other grain bill is something I found on Youtube that I was thinking of starting with and kinda using it as my base to try and brew my own. 

sounds good., thats a nice popular grist ratio.

re: oak chips and flavour (its for a shock top clone? if so i'd advise against oaking it?) as denny said - change one variable at a time and keep track of the process, then you can determine if that variable was a positive or negative
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: redrocker652002 on January 30, 2022, 09:47:52 am
My next brew is a Bling Pig clone...

Is that the one with the nose and ear rings and a gold chain around the neck?

Yup, that's the one.  It is sold by a brewery called Russian River which is about a two hour drive from me.  It is a cool place and I like their beers.  Thankfully the local Wine and More now sells it 
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: redrocker652002 on February 03, 2022, 12:09:36 am
Update:  It has been in the closet bubbling away since Saturday afternoon.  I have noticed the bubbling has decreased, and per the instructions, that is what is supposed to happen.  The instructions state that within 5 to 7 days, the bubbling slow significantly, and the gravity at this point should be within 3 to 4 points of the final gravity of 1.012.  I am going to check that when I get home tomorrow and see where I am.  If it is there, I will clean and sanitize my secondary bucket and move the beer to the secondary and dry hop with the hops and wood chips they provided.  I had about a quarter ounce of the Apollo and Amarillo that I might add just to see what happens, but my thought is I should stick with the recipe on this one to make sure I have it right. That will be a game time decision based on how I am feeling and how many beers I have had before I do all of this.  LOL. 

Any input on what I am doing would be most appreciated, I am still learning, but damn this is fun stuff. 
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: Richard on February 03, 2022, 09:20:09 am
There is no real reason to transfer to a secondary fermenter for this beer. Just keeping it in the primary will result in less oxygen exposure and less chance of contamination or infection. A secondary is only needed if the beer will be there for many weeks. It sounds like it is doing well and should be done on schedule.
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: redrocker652002 on February 03, 2022, 09:29:52 am
There is no real reason to transfer to a secondary fermenter for this beer. Just keeping it in the primary will result in less oxygen exposure and less chance of contamination or infection. A secondary is only needed if the beer will be there for many weeks. It sounds like it is doing well and should be done on schedule.

I was wondering if I could use the same bucket, but don't I have to somewhat stir or agitate the bucket to mix in the dry hop pellets?  If I can use the same bucket, heck I am going to dump the dry hop pellets in now.  I guess it really cannot hurt anything. 
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: denny on February 03, 2022, 09:32:19 am
There is no real reason to transfer to a secondary fermenter for this beer. Just keeping it in the primary will result in less oxygen exposure and less chance of contamination or infection. A secondary is only needed if the beer will be there for many weeks. It sounds like it is doing well and should be done on schedule.

I was wondering if I could use the same bucket, but don't I have to somewhat stir or agitate the bucket to mix in the dry hop pellets?  If I can use the same bucket, heck I am going to dump the dry hop pellets in now.  I guess it really cannot hurt anything.

Nope. There is no need to do anything but add the pellets.
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: redrocker652002 on February 03, 2022, 09:35:47 am
Update 2:

Just got home from work and gave it a quick check.  A bubble or two every 10 seconds or so.  The gravity as I read it was 1.011.  After looking at the instructions again, it said the final gravity should be about 1.012, so I think I am close.  I am thinking of just dumping the dry hop pellets, including the 1/4 ounce of Apollo and Amarillo that I have left over, and see what I come up with.  I am a bit concerned as it is pretty close to the FG and it still has the dry hop to go.  I am hoping I did not screw something up, but I will find out in a few weeks.  My plan is to let the dry hops run for a week, as the instructions say.  Keg it and let it carbonate and sit in the kegerator for a few weeks before I try it.  The instructions say it is best 5 weeks after packaging, but I am not sure I can wait that long.  LOL.

Anyway, thanks to all who replied, I appreciate it.  RR
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: Richard on February 03, 2022, 05:01:24 pm
Everything is fine. The dry hops can go in after the yeast have finished and you have reached FG. For NEIPA sometimes the dry hops are added during active fermentation but for most beers there is no real interaction between the hops and the yeast so the dry hops can go in anywhere late in the fermentation. Some people worry that if you put them in too soon the hop aroma will be blown out with the CO2 bubbles, but too late is not a problem. I usually dry hop only for a few days and find that more than that doesn't add anything, but with the oak chips you probably do need a week. I would try a taste after 2 weeks in the keg to see how the carbonation and foam are doing. If you like it, there is no reason to wait for 3 more weeks.

This conversation has me wanting to go to the store and buy a Blind Pig. I like that beer.
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: redrocker652002 on February 03, 2022, 05:27:03 pm
Everything is fine. The dry hops can go in after the yeast have finished and you have reached FG. For NEIPA sometimes the dry hops are added during active fermentation but for most beers there is no real interaction between the hops and the yeast so the dry hops can go in anywhere late in the fermentation. Some people worry that if you put them in too soon the hop aroma will be blown out with the CO2 bubbles, but too late is not a problem. I usually dry hop only for a few days and find that more than that doesn't add anything, but with the oak chips you probably do need a week. I would try a taste after 2 weeks in the keg to see how the carbonation and foam are doing. If you like it, there is no reason to wait for 3 more weeks.

This conversation has me wanting to go to the store and buy a Blind Pig. I like that beer.

Great, thank you for that info.  I am guessing that since the instructions said the FG should be around 1.012 and I am at 1.011 it is about done,, correct?  I am going to just drop the pellets and the oak chips in.  How much more do you think a quarter ounce of Apollo and a quarter ounce of Amarillo will add to the party?  I don't want to screw it up, but my inner DIY is starting to show and I am thinking of dropping them in as well.

You in the San Francisco Bay area?  If so, where you at, I would love to meet up and maybe you can give me beer a try and give me some feedback.  I think it is pretty good so far, but I would welcome another opinion. 

Thanks for the input, it is very much appreciated. 

RR
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: Richard on February 03, 2022, 06:09:36 pm
Yeah, 1.012 and 1.011 are pretty much the same, so it is done. I personally wouldn't add anything more than the recipe calls for the first time. If you think it needs something more the next time around, then go for it.

I'm in Palo Alto. I will be having surgery on my left hand tomorrow so I will be out of action and not brewing for a few weeks, but I expect that I can still drink a beer with my right hand as long as someone opens it and pours it for me :D. Send me a message next week, after the worst part of my recovery is over.
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: redrocker652002 on February 04, 2022, 10:16:00 am
Yeah, 1.012 and 1.011 are pretty much the same, so it is done. I personally wouldn't add anything more than the recipe calls for the first time. If you think it needs something more the next time around, then go for it.

I'm in Palo Alto. I will be having surgery on my left hand tomorrow so I will be out of action and not brewing for a few weeks, but I expect that I can still drink a beer with my right hand as long as someone opens it and pours it for me :D. Send me a message next week, after the worst part of my recovery is over.

Cool.  I will give you a holler.  Hope the surgery goes well for ya. 

Ok update 3:

I left everything as is until this morning.  Took another reading, holding steady at 1.011 to 1.012, so I figure we are good to go.  Sprayed Starsan on the scissors, hop packs and wood package and off into the bucket they went.  Seems to be a lot of stuff floating in the beer, but I will see how it drains into the keg in a week.  It was very aromatic and smelled very good, so I am hopefull.  Now, I wait a week, keg carbonate and wait another week or two to see how it goes.  I decided not to put the other leftover hops in, I wanted to follow the recipe and see how it goes.  Next time, though, I might give it a try just for the heck of it.  I might fill a few bottles and keg the rest just to see what, if any, difference there is.  And then I can bring some to my mom's so I have it there too.  Next update will hopefully be a taste test next to an actual blind pig and see how close I get.

I am thinking of trying Cider now.  Done some online research and it looks fairly simple, just takes time I guess.  And, with any luck, a BIAB will be in the future as well.  Bigger things to come.  LOL
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: denny on February 04, 2022, 11:43:17 am
Cider is dead easy compared to beer.  Apple juice and yeast are all you need.
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: redrocker652002 on February 04, 2022, 11:47:10 am
Cider is dead easy compared to beer.  Apple juice and yeast are all you need.

Thats pretty much what I have found out.  My daughter said she would like to try it, so I think something simple to start out with might be kinda fun for us.  RR
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: denny on February 04, 2022, 11:52:32 am
Cider is dead easy compared to beer.  Apple juice and yeast are all you need.

Thats pretty much what I have found out.  My daughter said she would like to try it, so I think something simple to start out with might be kinda fun for us.  RR

My experience is as you alluded...give it time.  I treat cider more like wine than beer.
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: redrocker652002 on February 11, 2022, 04:38:37 pm
As is always with what I do, things just did not work out.  My plan was to bottle about 6 or so, then keg the rest.  The damn bucket was so full of crap the bottle thingie got clogged up and I could not get it unclogged.  So, to hell with it, all went into the keg.  What an absolute mess.  I am so disappointed right now.  I will let it sit in the keg for a week or so and see what happens, but I am not holding hope on this one  I think this was a two week waste of time.  Next time, I put it into a secondary bucket before I dry hop.  Hopefully that will take care of all the crap that was plugging everything up.  I am not very happy at all about this one.  Check back in a week.  RR
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: denny on February 11, 2022, 04:57:09 pm
As is always with what I do, things just did not work out.  My plan was to bottle about 6 or so, then keg the rest.  The damn bucket was so full of crap the bottle thingie got clogged up and I could not get it unclogged.  So, to hell with it, all went into the keg.  What an absolute mess.  I am so disappointed right now.  I will let it sit in the keg for a week or so and see what happens, but I am not holding hope on this one  I think this was a two week waste of time.  Next time, I put it into a secondary bucket before I dry hop.  Hopefully that will take care of all the crap that was plugging everything up.  I am not very happy at all about this one.  Check back in a week.  RR

That might do it, but maybe there's another way to modify your process. Did you dry hop in primary and then try to bottle directly from that?
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: redrocker652002 on February 11, 2022, 04:59:27 pm
As is always with what I do, things just did not work out.  My plan was to bottle about 6 or so, then keg the rest.  The damn bucket was so full of crap the bottle thingie got clogged up and I could not get it unclogged.  So, to hell with it, all went into the keg.  What an absolute mess.  I am so disappointed right now.  I will let it sit in the keg for a week or so and see what happens, but I am not holding hope on this one  I think this was a two week waste of time.  Next time, I put it into a secondary bucket before I dry hop.  Hopefully that will take care of all the crap that was plugging everything up.  I am not very happy at all about this one.  Check back in a week.  RR

That might do it, but maybe there's another way to modify your process. Did you dry hop in primary and then try to bottle directly from that?

Yup, that is exactly what I tried to do.  Failed miserably.  LOL. 
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: denny on February 11, 2022, 05:08:29 pm
As is always with what I do, things just did not work out.  My plan was to bottle about 6 or so, then keg the rest.  The damn bucket was so full of crap the bottle thingie got clogged up and I could not get it unclogged.  So, to hell with it, all went into the keg.  What an absolute mess.  I am so disappointed right now.  I will let it sit in the keg for a week or so and see what happens, but I am not holding hope on this one  I think this was a two week waste of time.  Next time, I put it into a secondary bucket before I dry hop.  Hopefully that will take care of all the crap that was plugging everything up.  I am not very happy at all about this one.  Check back in a week.  RR

That might do it, but maybe there's another way to modify your process. Did you dry hop in primary and then try to bottle directly from that?

Yup, that is exactly what I tried to do.  Failed miserably.  LOL.

Yeah, not a good plan IMO. I would have racked to a bottling bucket first.  That way you could siphon and get get all the grub.  You'll likely need to do that even if you use a secondary, so doing it from primary to a bottling bucket would be one less xfer.
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: redrocker652002 on February 11, 2022, 05:20:49 pm
As is always with what I do, things just did not work out.  My plan was to bottle about 6 or so, then keg the rest.  The damn bucket was so full of crap the bottle thingie got clogged up and I could not get it unclogged.  So, to hell with it, all went into the keg.  What an absolute mess.  I am so disappointed right now.  I will let it sit in the keg for a week or so and see what happens, but I am not holding hope on this one  I think this was a two week waste of time.  Next time, I put it into a secondary bucket before I dry hop.  Hopefully that will take care of all the crap that was plugging everything up.  I am not very happy at all about this one.  Check back in a week.  RR

That might do it, but maybe there's another way to modify your process. Did you dry hop in primary and then try to bottle directly from that?

Yup, that is exactly what I tried to do.  Failed miserably.  LOL.

Yeah, not a good plan IMO. I would have racked to a bottling bucket first.  That way you could siphon and get get all the grub.  You'll likely need to do that even if you use a secondary, so doing it from primary to a bottling bucket would be one less xfer.

Oh well.   Live and learn.  I just hope it comes out OK out of the keg.  Then at least I don't feel like I wasted my time and money. 
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: Richard on February 11, 2022, 07:30:03 pm
You could also put your dry hops in a bag or a stainless mesh tube or ball to keep them contained (that will reduce their utilization, though). I do that if I have a lot, but for smaller amounts I can get by with just a cold crash for 3 days or so to settle everything into a compact layer that leaves the liquid above clear enough to transfer with no plugging.

As you said, live and learn. There are a lot of solutions and you just need to find what works for you.
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: MNWayne on February 13, 2022, 10:45:19 am
Maybe the bottles didn't turn out, but I'm sure the keg will be fine.  Maybe containing the hops would be helpful, or switching to whole hops. Maybe just a process change, siphon from a pick-up above the sludge. Personally I would avoid the secondary.
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: redrocker652002 on February 14, 2022, 09:18:14 am
Keg has been in the Kegerator since Friday and the temp in the chamber is about 35 or so.  Carbonation is at about 10PSI.  I could not resist, I have to take a taste.  Came out of the tap a bit cold, maybe about 40, which I will deal with later.  In the glass, very hazy, but I expected that due to the screw up I had with all the hop material.  Smell was good, very bright and clean smelling, if that makes sense.  OK, down the hatch as they say.  I gotta say, it is not bad.  I have to get a bottle of the real stuff, but this is drinkable, much to my surprise.  I think it may be a bit darker than the real deal, but that I can live with.  Needs  bit more bubbles, so I upped the carb to 12 PSI and turned up the temp in the Kegerator to get the dispensing temp closer to 45 or so, but I am happy with how it turned out so far.  And give it another week or so and it might just be better yet. 

Thanks to all who contributed and gave me their input.  It is all very valuable for me to learn and hear different sides.  Take care, and happy drinking.  RR
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: santoch on February 23, 2022, 05:11:18 pm
You should use a carbonation chart so you don't end up with glasses full of foam or under carbonated beer.

In your case, warming it up to 45 and using 12 psi will actually produce LESS dissolved CO2 (and less fizz) than leaving it at 10 psi @ 40.
If you really want it at 45 with a bit more fizz, you will need to boost the pressure to 14 or 15 psi.  2.5 volumes is a decent carbonation level for an IPA.

https://www.kegerators.com/carbonation-table/

Hope this helps-
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: santoch on February 23, 2022, 05:23:08 pm
just re-read your post.  You had your temp set at 35 and pressure at 10 for 3 days, correct?
Your beer hadn't fully carbonated by last monday.  Turning the temp up didn't help either, as it takes a lot more pressure at the higher temp to hit the same level of dissolved C02.

If you are simply leaving it alone, at serving temp and pressure, it takes about a week or so.  You can speed it up a bit by overpressuring for a short time (like 20psi overnight, then back it off to temp), but regardless, your beer needed more time to absorb the CO2.

Again, 2.5 volumes is a good level for an IPA, use the chart to set it up first, then if you don't like the carbonation, you can add more pressure, or bleed off the co2 and decrease pressure until you are happy with it.  Pick a temp you like and stick with that, too.  The fewer variables, the easier it becomes.


Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: redrocker652002 on February 24, 2022, 08:24:50 am
just re-read your post.  You had your temp set at 35 and pressure at 10 for 3 days, correct?
Your beer hadn't fully carbonated by last monday.  Turning the temp up didn't help either, as it takes a lot more pressure at the higher temp to hit the same level of dissolved C02.

If you are simply leaving it alone, at serving temp and pressure, it takes about a week or so.  You can speed it up a bit by overpressuring for a short time (like 20psi overnight, then back it off to temp), but regardless, your beer needed more time to absorb the CO2.

Again, 2.5 volumes is a good level for an IPA, use the chart to set it up first, then if you don't like the carbonation, you can add more pressure, or bleed off the co2 and decrease pressure until you are happy with it.  Pick a temp you like and stick with that, too.  The fewer variables, the easier it becomes.

Thanks for the info, funny thing is that is exactly what I did.  I turned it up to about 20 overnight, then later the next afternoon I checked it and it hit just about where I like it.  Might have been a bit too much, but it settled down nicely when I turned it down to 12 or so.  Thank you for the info, and thanks for the chart.  I am going to print it and use it for info as I am planning on branching out to different styles in the future.  Rock on!!  RR
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: redrocker652002 on February 27, 2022, 02:04:47 pm
Final Final on this one, I hope.  LOL.  My brother, who is not a hop head in any way, tried my beer that has been in the keg now for a couple of weeks.  He said, and I kinda agree now that I am finally thinking about it, it has a caramel finish to it to him.  I am wondering if that is what I am tasting and why that might be.   Here is the recipe sheet that came with the kit. 

https://austinhomebrew.com/assets/images/RCPPDF/09164.pdf

But, after he said it, I kinda agree that there is a bit of a caramel finish that isn't bad, just not what I was expecting.  RR
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: denny on February 28, 2022, 08:41:27 am
Final Final on this one, I hope.  LOL.  My brother, who is not a hop head in any way, tried my beer that has been in the keg now for a couple of weeks.  He said, and I kinda agree now that I am finally thinking about it, it has a caramel finish to it to him.  I am wondering if that is what I am tasting and why that might be.   Here is the recipe sheet that came with the kit. 

https://austinhomebrew.com/assets/images/RCPPDF/09164.pdf

But, after he said it, I kinda agree that there is a bit of a caramel finish that isn't bad, just not what I was expecting.  RR

Could be old, oxidized LME. Exaggerated caramel flavors are one sign of oxidation.
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: rburrelli on February 28, 2022, 10:23:29 am
Final Final on this one, I hope.  LOL.  My brother, who is not a hop head in any way, tried my beer that has been in the keg now for a couple of weeks.  He said, and I kinda agree now that I am finally thinking about it, it has a caramel finish to it to him.  I am wondering if that is what I am tasting and why that might be.   Here is the recipe sheet that came with the kit. 

https://austinhomebrew.com/assets/images/RCPPDF/09164.pdf

But, after he said it, I kinda agree that there is a bit of a caramel finish that isn't bad, just not what I was expecting.  RR
The Crystal 40 in that grain bill is creating that taste.
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: denny on February 28, 2022, 10:32:29 am
Final Final on this one, I hope.  LOL.  My brother, who is not a hop head in any way, tried my beer that has been in the keg now for a couple of weeks.  He said, and I kinda agree now that I am finally thinking about it, it has a caramel finish to it to him.  I am wondering if that is what I am tasting and why that might be.   Here is the recipe sheet that came with the kit. 

https://austinhomebrew.com/assets/images/RCPPDF/09164.pdf

But, after he said it, I kinda agree that there is a bit of a caramel finish that isn't bad, just not what I was expecting.  RR
The Crystal 40 in that grain bill is creating that taste.

I dunno if I'd be so certain.
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: redrocker652002 on February 28, 2022, 08:25:24 pm
Final Final on this one, I hope.  LOL.  My brother, who is not a hop head in any way, tried my beer that has been in the keg now for a couple of weeks.  He said, and I kinda agree now that I am finally thinking about it, it has a caramel finish to it to him.  I am wondering if that is what I am tasting and why that might be.   Here is the recipe sheet that came with the kit. 

https://austinhomebrew.com/assets/images/RCPPDF/09164.pdf

But, after he said it, I kinda agree that there is a bit of a caramel finish that isn't bad, just not what I was expecting.  RR
The Crystal 40 in that grain bill is creating that taste.

I dunno if I'd be so certain.

With that being said, what is the recommendation for the keg?  Toss it?  Keep it and see how it settles in a few weeks? 
Title: I'm pretty happy
Post by: BrewBama on March 01, 2022, 07:25:53 am
Sometimes, time can help. Other times, bad news doesn’t get better with time — it just gets worse. If you don’t need the keg, give it some time and see what happens.

On the other hand: Of course, you’re not paying penance. If you don’t like it don’t drink it. Life is too short to drink a blooper. It hurts to admit it but some beers end up being dumpers.
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: MNWayne on March 01, 2022, 08:41:08 am
Give it a little time, then if you don't like it, toss it. Life's too short to drink marginal beer.  Only you can decide where that keep/toss line is drawn.
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: narvin on March 01, 2022, 09:42:53 am
For a hoppy beer that is too caramel sweet, I don't think it will improve.  I'd keep it around until you need the keg or the space, or until you no longer enjoy drinking it at all.
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: fredthecat on March 01, 2022, 12:52:59 pm
Give it a little time, then if you don't like it, toss it. Life's too short to drink marginal beer.  Only you can decide where that keep/toss line is drawn.

i know what you mean, but i actually disagree. i have learned a lot from tasting old bottles of both great, ok and bad beer i've brewed over the years.
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: redrocker652002 on March 01, 2022, 09:11:32 pm
Thanks guys.  My next brew, whether it be a second attempt at this one, or something different is going to go into bottles so I can see if it was me or just the recipe.  Something tells me that jumping right into kegging probably wasn't the smartest thing I could have done, but I am in it now.  LOL
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: berserkbrewing on March 02, 2022, 08:14:03 pm
Just go with it dude. do the same batch 3 or 4 times in a row. if it's consistent then your process is on point. if not keep with it until it's consistent. That's honestly the best advice any beginner can get. After that you make any changes you think will improve it.
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: denny on March 03, 2022, 08:25:50 am
Just go with it dude. do the same batch 3 or 4 times in a row. if it's consistent then your process is on point. if not keep with it until it's consistent. That's honestly the best advice any beginner can get. After that you make any changes you think will improve it.

THIS!!!!!
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: redrocker652002 on April 07, 2022, 09:09:24 am
Sorry to revive an old post, but I did a second run with this recipe and put it in bottles this time.  I was happy to report that the bottled beer and the kegged beer tasted damn near the same.  So, in my mind, I am thinking that my kegging process wasn't to blame for this and it is just how the beer tasted.  I had my brother and wife taste it as well, and even put a glass of the original Blind Pig next to it, and within reason, the two I did were somewhat close to the Original, and the two I did tasted the same.  So, as a result of this, I feel much better that my process of kegging, while not perfect, is not the culprit of the taste of the beer.  I am still thinking of trying the closed transfer just for the heck of it, but I am happy and encouraged that I did not screw anything up too bad.  LOL. 

Thanks again to all who contributed to this and all my silly newbie threads.  It has really been a help and I am taking it all in.  I told my wife, at some point, my goal is to set up a keezer in the garage with a few different styles and have friends come over and grab a beer anytime they want.  But that is a far distance away  Right now, I am just happy that the keg and the bottles are the same to at least give me the encouragement that I can continue to keg beer.  LOL.
Title: Re: I'm pretty happy
Post by: ScallyWag on April 07, 2022, 01:03:00 pm
Thanks for posting the follow-up.  I search a lot of these old threads for information, and it is always helpful to get updates even if months after the fact.  I learn a lot from that, so don't apologize.  I certainly appreciate your input and curiosity.