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First time brew
« on: December 07, 2009, 06:28:36 AM »
This is my first time brewing,
I just racked into my second fermenter, my recipe says to leave it there for a week.  I tasted it as I was racking, it was extremely bitter and did not really taste like beer.  Is this normal?

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Re: First time brew
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2009, 06:54:44 AM »
It is possible that this is normal, depending on the recipe. Can you post your recipe, Origional gravity (OG), Yeast strain, and how the brewday went? That will help us determine what's going on.

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Re: First time brew
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2009, 07:20:03 AM »
Pale Ale
American Pale Ale
Type: All Grain  Date: 12/2/2009
Batch Size: 5.00 gal  Brewer: Shlomo
Boil Size: 1.60 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min  Equipment: Shlomo's Equipment
Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0  Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.0
Taste Notes:
 
Ingredients
Amount Item Type % or IBU
6 lbs 9.6 oz Pale Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) Grain 86.8 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 13.2 %
2.50 oz Cascade [5.50%] (60 min) Hops 23.7 IBU
1.00 oz
Goldings, B.C. [5.00%] (Dry Hop 3
days)
Hops -
1 Pkgs British Ale (Wyeast Labs #1098) Yeast-Ale
 
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.041 SG  Measured Original Gravity: 1.020 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.010 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.005 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 4.0 %  Actual Alcohol by Vol: 1.9 %
Bitterness: 23.7 IBU Calories: 85 cal/pint
Est Color: 8.5 SRM Color:
Color
 
Mash Profile
Mash Name: Single Infusion,
Full Body
Total Grain Weight: 7.60 lb
Sparge Water: 0.00 gal Grain Temperature: 72.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F TunTemperature: 72.0 F
Adjust Temp for Equipment:
TRUE Mash PH: 5.4 PH
 
Name Description Step Temp Step Time
Mash In Add 9.50 qt of water at 174.0 F 158.0 F 45 min
Mash Out Add 3.80 qt of water at 198.0 F 168.0 F 10 min
 
Mash Notes: Simple single infusion mash for use with most modern well
modified grains (about 95% of the time)

Brew Day went smoothly, I used Ice to make up some of the water b\c my brew pot was too small and need to both cool it fast and add more water but I used too much so I had to cover it and leave it over night to heat up.

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Re: First time brew
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2009, 08:04:50 AM »
I would say you are on the low end of the style range. I'm not a big hophead and the bitterness is usually to much for me for this style. If you look at the bitterness ratio (BR), you can predict how bitter the beer will be. I usually adjust my BR down from what the style indicates. My pales usually come in around .280, and yours being around .400 would indicate it to be more bitter than my tastes. You can adjust this by changing the types/amounts of the hops and when you add them.

Once it carbonates in the bottle, it will change. And it may be fine, just watch the BR and adjust accordingly. It is a learning process after all.

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Re: First time brew
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2009, 08:12:41 AM »
Thanks so much. You put my mind at ease.  It was less the bitterness as it did not really taste like beer or feel like it.

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Re: First time brew
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2009, 11:49:08 AM »
Is that measured Orig Gravitey correct? 1.020?  That is REALLY light.  That would explain why is just tasted like bitter water, not enough sugars to balance the hops.  (Plus I agree that too much bitterness for my taste...)
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Re: First time brew
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2009, 12:38:15 PM »
well that explains it then.  I think that may have been a problem with the mashing.  But the mash tasted really really sweet

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Re: First time brew
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2009, 02:50:09 PM »
If the mashed grains tasted sweet after the mash was drained, then you left the sugars in the grains.  My grains are flavorless after I've sparged.  Recheck that you got your temperatures right, I've had bad efficiency because I goofed the water temp.

Wait, its designed as all grain, but you have extract in the list?  How does that work?
« Last Edit: December 07, 2009, 02:51:46 PM by Beer_Tigger »
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Re: First time brew
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2009, 02:59:22 PM »
I did not taste the grains I just drank the mash. Was very sweet and refreshing

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Re: First time brew
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2009, 09:40:58 AM »
Excuse my confusion... the recipe states
"6 lbs 9.6 oz Pale Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) Grain 86.8 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 13.2 %


and so I don't get the mashing references. If indeed it was 6.5 lbs of grain, it would be real light.... perhaps 1020 and thus like bitter water.  But if it was extract, as stated, then the gravity should have been much higher.

But to balance out the bitterness (next time) try adding copious amounts of hops at between 20 and 1 minute before flame out. This will add a LOT of flavor and nose.
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Re: First time brew
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2009, 10:53:04 AM »
well then that explains everything.  it was an extract recipe originally but I could not get my hands on any extract so I went with all grain. Beersmith said it converted it but I guess it did not.  what would you recommend is a proper weight of grain for this kind of recipe?

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Re: First time brew
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2009, 05:34:30 PM »
I guess I would keep adding grains to the bill (in beersmith), and watch the Estimated OG until the OG is close to what it would have been for the extract version properly done.

I get asked that a lot, "just how much grain does it take to equal the contributions of X amount of Extract", and I don't think there is a difinative answer, but I think on the order of 2-3 times (weight) of grain per pound of extract  is a good guess. I am talking about LME, not DME. DME is a little higher yet pound for pound..
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Re: First time brew
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2009, 07:09:37 PM »
well then that explains everything.  it was an extract recipe originally but I could not get my hands on any extract so I went with all grain. Beersmith said it converted it but I guess it did not.  what would you recommend is a proper weight of grain for this kind of recipe?

In your original post you noted you are a first time brewer.  With all due respect, please consider brewing a batch that you do not piece together.  Find a simple style that you enjoy drinking.  Look at the recipe data base found within beersmith.  Find a recipe by a well bonjour or beersmith/Brad himself.  A recipe that is well tried and true. 

When I was just starting out it was the process I needed to learn.  That, and dialing my own equipment and procedures into that process.  Learn the ropes and you will soon be brewing well.

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Re: First time brew
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2009, 09:44:02 PM »
+1 rep. Don't get discouraged, do make something foolproof.  Here is why: the secret to brewing is (drumroll) good recipee, good ingredients, good sanitation, good procedure.

I am not proud to say I made great beer after drinking too much because I had those things down.

Seriously, hit a home run with a pale ale and then try dialing in the software.

Naturally, post ANY questions. Because there is 20% info, tips, etc. You can ONLY get from veterans.
Good Recipe, Good Ingredients, Good Procedure, Good Sanitation = Good Brew.

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Re: First time brew
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2009, 07:08:58 AM »

Boil Size: 1.60 gal

6 lbs 9.6 oz Pale Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) Grain 86.8 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 13.2 %
2.50 oz Cascade [5.50%] (60 min)

Est Original Gravity: 1.041 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.010 SG

Bitterness: 23.7 IBU

Brew Day went smoothly, I used Ice to make up some of the water b\c my brew pot was too small and need to both cool it fast and add more water but I used too much so I had to cover it and leave it over night to heat up.

Welcome to a fun hobby. 

Brewing is easy enough, but it sure helps to see it done a few times.  If you have a local home brew club, or even a not-so-local club, reach out in your community and try to find a brewer that would have you over once to see the whole thing.  http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/directories/find-a-club

Starting out, extract recipe kits are the way to go.  And getting BeerSmith was wise as it really helps with the learning curve.  Over time, you'll learn the settings you must enter to get the results you want.  (Here your boil size is quite small; if your pot is really that small, you need a larger one.) 

If you don't have a no-rinse sanitizer, try Star-San, and keep in mind that once you stop boiling, everything that touches the wort should be sanitized, including water and ice. 

 

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