Author Topic: Why does my final beer taste so yeasty  (Read 1865 times)

Offline wdbrewman

  • 1st Kit
  • *
  • Posts: 13
    • View Profile
Why does my final beer taste so yeasty
« on: January 21, 2016, 08:56:14 PM »
Hey I just finished my first brew and the final beer tastes very yeasty. curious as to why this is so thank you. and I used about 6grams of yeast with 1 gallon of beer and left it for 2 weeks and then bottled and then another 2 weeks in the bottles.

Offline pete b

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 3123
  • Barre, Ma
    • View Profile
Re: Why does my final beer taste so yeasty
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2016, 09:04:46 PM »
I have more questions than answers. What kind of beer? When you pour out of the bottle do you decant slowly and leave the yeast behind? Do you refrigerate the bottle upright for a couple days before serving?
And when you say "yeasty" I assume you mean actually tasting like yeast, not yeast derived flavors and aromas like clove or banana?
Don't let the bastards cheer you up.

Offline 69franx

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 3129
  • Bloatarian Brewing League
    • View Profile
Re: Why does my final beer taste so yeasty
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2016, 09:10:14 PM »
     A couple possibilities come to mind: might have been too large of a pitch to begin with, what was your target gravity for the 1g? An 11.5g sachet is a standard pitching rate for a 5g batch of average gravity.
   Second item: did you lower the fermenting vessel's temperature at any time to speed up the process of yeast flocculation and sedimentation? In other words, did you see a thin or thick layer of what was obviously yeast on the bottom of your fermenter? If not, it really just needed more time to finish settling out.
    Third, Did you have a stable final gravity near the expected final gravity? Did you check it a couple times?
    Fourth, and you can find this on this forum multiple times: yeast work and complete their job in their own time frames. they do not know that it is the 10th day after pitching, etc. Give them the time to get the job done ,and verify that the fermentation is complete before bottling
   
     Welcome to the forum and the hobby 
edit to add a big plus 1 to all of Pete's questions
Frank L.
Fermenting:
Conditioning:
In keg: Märzen
In Bottles:  
In the works:

Offline wdbrewman

  • 1st Kit
  • *
  • Posts: 13
    • View Profile
Re: Why does my final beer taste so yeasty
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2016, 09:11:24 PM »
The type of beer is an American Pale Ale and yes when pouring out of the fermenter I pour very slowly leaving behind the sediment at the bottom while pouring through a fine mesh strainer, and yes an actual yeasty taste not a yeast derivative.

Offline wdbrewman

  • 1st Kit
  • *
  • Posts: 13
    • View Profile
Re: Why does my final beer taste so yeasty
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2016, 09:13:20 PM »
at the bottom of the fermenter there was about an inch of sediment

Offline 69franx

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 3129
  • Bloatarian Brewing League
    • View Profile
Re: Why does my final beer taste so yeasty
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2016, 09:15:12 PM »
Just a silly follow up to that response: you did leave that sediment behind and did not bottle it, correct?
Frank L.
Fermenting:
Conditioning:
In keg: Märzen
In Bottles:  
In the works:

Offline wdbrewman

  • 1st Kit
  • *
  • Posts: 13
    • View Profile
Re: Why does my final beer taste so yeasty
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2016, 09:17:16 PM »
yes I did leave it behind in the fermenter and did not bottle the sediment but after the 2 weeks in the bottle there was some sediment in the bottom of the bottles so is it safe to assume that the yeast was not fully done?

Offline beersk

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 3484
  • In the night!
    • View Profile
Re: Why does my final beer taste so yeasty
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2016, 09:21:19 PM »
Did you say you POURED the beer out of the fermenter? After fermentation? This would be very bad.
die Schönheit der bier...

Jesse

Offline wdbrewman

  • 1st Kit
  • *
  • Posts: 13
    • View Profile
Re: Why does my final beer taste so yeasty
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2016, 09:23:49 PM »
yes I poured the beer out of the fermenter and if not pouring than how would i get the beer out?

Offline pete b

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 3123
  • Barre, Ma
    • View Profile
Re: Why does my final beer taste so yeasty
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2016, 09:34:47 PM »
yes I poured the beer out of the fermenter and if not pouring than how would i get the beer out?
You siphon it out. That way the sediment gets almost completely left behind and you add as little oxygen to your beer as possible. That might be the problem here. Was there more than just a tiny bit of sediment left in the bottles?
Don't let the bastards cheer you up.

Offline mharding73

  • Assistant Brewer
  • ***
  • Posts: 129
    • View Profile
Re: Why does my final beer taste so yeasty
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2016, 09:35:22 PM »
A racking cane and auto siphon.

Offline pete b

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 3123
  • Barre, Ma
    • View Profile
Re: Why does my final beer taste so yeasty
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2016, 09:35:45 PM »
You want to get a racking cane and/or auto siphon which makes it easy. They're cheap.
Don't let the bastards cheer you up.

Offline wdbrewman

  • 1st Kit
  • *
  • Posts: 13
    • View Profile
Re: Why does my final beer taste so yeasty
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2016, 09:38:38 PM »
in the bottom of the bottles there would be about 1-2cm of sediment in each

Offline pete b

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 3123
  • Barre, Ma
    • View Profile
Re: Why does my final beer taste so yeasty
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2016, 10:01:26 PM »
in the bottom of the bottles there would be about 1-2cm of sediment in each
I think that is a lot. I usually don't get enough to completely cover the bottom, and if so just barely.
I think with this batch I would refrigerate them for a few days. the cold helps the yeast fall out of solution and get compact. Then open and pour very slowly and be prepared to sacrifice a couple or more ounces of beer that you leave behind with the yeast.
Do they foam up when you open them? I bet with that much yeast there are a lot more nucleation points which cause excessive carbonation which will also put more sediment into solution so you can taste it.
I suggest making more beer and getting a racking cane, auto siphon and tubing.
And welcome to the forum, you will find a lot of good info here.
Don't let the bastards cheer you up.

Offline wdbrewman

  • 1st Kit
  • *
  • Posts: 13
    • View Profile
Re: Why does my final beer taste so yeasty
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2016, 10:16:20 PM »
yea when I open then there is quite an "explosive" amount of carbonation, I followed the directions given and it said to use 3 tablespoons of honey mixed with a 1/4 of water then mix that with the beer and then bottle it. And i'm currently looking for a sihpon