Newbie question warning. Exit now if you have as much or less patience than me.
Never minding the batch I'm currently brewing to lead me to this question, here it is:
According to Stephan Snyder ("The Brew-master's Bible"), "yeast is the most important factor in determining a beer's flavor".
As I write this, I see the double meaning of the above. IE, does the yeast determine the KIND of flavor or determine the amount of flavor? What I want to ask is that my current batch, as I rack to a secondary, is very devoid of much flavor at all - boding poorly for the future. In another forum I talked about my experience with my yeast having spent a week in 100f plus degrees before being pitched and my concern there. Bottom line was that, amongst the most mistakes I've ever made on a brew day, the yeast did become very active and is still looking good - albeit, with an OG of 1.042 versus the target of 1.068.
The problem is the taste test I did today as I racked it. No problems, but little flavor. So, I'm wondering. As I made the starter, I know the "stuff" at the bottom was the yeast I needed to pitch. But as the wort fermented in the primary, a great amount of stuff (trub?) at the bottom built up and, being anal, I figured I wanted to get the beer away from it - hence, let's move to secondary.
Not wanting at all to start a debate of the use or non- of a secondary, I'm left contemplating whether moving it actually stopped the "flavoring" process - ie, moving it away from the "stuff" that was giving it flavor. Or was that "stuff" dead or at least done doing it's flavoring thing?
I'm really sorry to sound stupid, but I'm trying to figure out where I should direct my attention in avoiding the dilemmas like this in the future.
Did I even get my question out?