First Batch

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I am making my first batch of beer right now. It has been fermenting for
just over a week. I was getting ready to transfer to bottles when I
noticed a few things.

I still have yeast colonies on top of the brew with what I guess are yeast
bubbles.

I then put a little of the brew into a glass for a taste and it smelled
like medicine and had a sweet taste to it. I've done searches and found
that the medicine smell might be a chlorine problem. I used spring water
so it would not of come from there but I probably had some tap water in my
fermenter from rinsing it out, but that would of been minimal.

I used a kit I received for christmas, Mr Beer. I followed the directions
that came with it but after doing a bit more reading I'm thinking I
should of not followed the direction that came with the unit.

Should I try to re-rack this beer or just dump it and start over? As of
right now my plan it to bottle some of it and dump the rest and start over.

Thanks
Ransom

Re: First Batch
Bottle it and try it after two weeks. If it isn't as good but is better than
right now let it age more.
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Re: First Batch
On Sun, 04 Jan 2004 11:07:08 +0000, Ransom wrote:

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I'm a "newbie" myself, but at a guess I'd suggest one week wasn't long
enough. Most of the extract-kit beers I've made took longer. If it tastes
sweet, maybe all of the sugar hasn't been consumed by the yeast. If you
bottle too early, you may get too much carbonation. I can personally
confirm that aging (conditioning) in the bottle improves the taste of
homebrew dramatically. I try to give it at least three weeks.

Karl S.


Re: First Batch
On Sun, 04 Jan 2004 23:05:37 +0000, Karl S. wrote:

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Ok I'll probably leave it in the fermenter for atleast another week and
then bottle it to see what its like.

Thanks


Re: First Batch
On Mon, 05 Jan 2004 07:36:30 +0000, Ransom wrote:

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By the way, I'm not familiar with "Mr. Beer" so I don't know whether it
recommends adding a little corn sugar before bottling, as the kits I've
brewed did. That last bit of sugar gives the yeast something to eat so it
can carbonate the beer in the bottles. Without that, the beer will be
flat. I'd wondered why Mr. Beer instructed you to bottle after one week -
then it occurred to me that maybe Mr. Beer kits were bottled early while
there was still some malt or corn sugar unconsumed?

Karl S.


Re: First Batch
Beer can take up to 2 weeks to ferment, depending on the temperature, leave
it brewing intil it clears or stops bubbling!

What temperature is the brew????

Russ
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Re: First Batch
On Mon, 05 Jan 2004 19:24:31 +1000, Yeh!Yeh! wrote:

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Its in my basement which stays right around 75F.


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Re: First Batch
Give it a full 2 weeks in the barrel, then a full 2 weeks in the
bottle.  Don't keep looking at it and worrying over it,  it will be
just fine. follow the directions that came with the kit. it will make
a good beer.
Frank


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