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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Spring Beer Ideas
« on: December 01, 2010, 02:56:11 AM »
I have a Stout and Pale Ale ready to go for the rest of the winter, but what should I brew for the spring? Any ideas?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best way to prime your bottles
« on: December 01, 2010, 02:51:28 AM »
I made the mistake of throwing in the priming solution in a little late and I experienced the same issue that you're having. Thankfully it was my first batch and it was a learning experiecnce. Definately adding this first before racking into my bucket for my next batch.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Brew, Funny Taste
« on: November 18, 2010, 12:31:10 AM »
Thanks for all the advice

Final Gravity was 1.015 (too high?) and I did use the priming sugar included in my kit per the instructions (boil water, dissolve sugar, cool, addd to bottling bucket). Both fermenters were glass carboys and I used my closet (no lights on) as my location.

I actaully have another 5 gallons of pale ale almost ready to bottle. I was so frustrated with my first attempt that I immediately went out and bought another kit and brewed it. Wish me luck on attempt #2.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Brew, Funny Taste
« on: November 17, 2010, 03:59:05 AM »
I guess more details would help huh? Pardon my noob post.

Ok, so it was a extract kit for a brown Ale

Starting Gravity: 1.042
Yeast: White Labs WL002 (I was aparently given a "free upgrade" so I tried this in lieu of the dry yeast)
Starter: No, direct pitch from the vial

Primary: 1 week
Secondary: 2 Weeks
Bottle: A little over a month now

Temp in my apartment is set for 68F but it probably has a swing of +/- 2 degrees.

The taste is kind of sweet but like a rotten heffewizen. Like if you let it sit out in the sun all day. It's drinkable, but not at all what I expected.

Some guy at work told me it probably needs to sit in the bottle for a few more months and that I screwed something up with the yeast or pitching. I did what the instructions said and let it warm up to room temp after coming out of the fridge, shake it up and pitch it. Maybe I had a bad vile? Not a larger enough volume of yeast?

General Homebrew Discussion / First Brew, Funny Taste
« on: November 17, 2010, 03:33:23 AM »
So I brewed my first batch of beer a few months ago and thought I did everything right. I pretty much followed the instructions of my extract kit exactly. I sanitized everything, made sure my airlock was good, etc.
Two weeks after bottling I tried one and there was some serious funk going on. I also noticed it was not carbonated at all. Fast forward another three weeks and I've opened several noticing that the funk is slowly going away and my batch is finally starting to carbonate. Could this be a fermentation problem? I compared notes to my friend and he had an explosive start to his fermentation on his first batch of beer where mine was mediocre at best. Any thoughts? Will there be any improvement or will these off flavors just hang around forever?

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