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  1. bigntall1983

    What type of beer do I like?

    Thanks for the tip! I will definitely keep this in mind
  2. bigntall1983

    What type of beer do I like?

    Well I finally got down to visit one of the semi-local breweries, (SunKingBrewing.com in Indianapolis, Indiana). Between taking the "King's Reserve Tour" which had several samples, I tried a few pints while waiting on the tour to start and have a better idea of what kind of "craft" beer I like, and a better idea of what i do NOT like... What I did not like: Osiris Pale Ale Pale Ale - American 5.6% ABV 50 IBU Osiris Pale Ale is an assertive West Coast-Style Pale with a distinct citrus hop punch. I must really not like hoppy beers because they said it was a mildly hoppy IPA... not my cup of tea What I sort of liked: Sunlight Cream Ale Cream Ale 5.3% ABV 20 IBU Sunlight Cream Ale celebrates American brewing tradition by balancing smooth malt complexity with a crisp, clean finish. Sunlight was the winner of the Gold Medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival and the Silver Medal Winner at the 2010 World Beer Cup in the Golden or Blonde Ale category. This was just OK, but definitely drinkable but would not be my first choice. What I liked: Bitter Druid ESB Extra Special / Strong Bitter 5.7% ABV 41 IBU Bitter Druid is an Americanized Extra Special Bitter (ESB) in which rich malt character is followed by a crisp American hop finish. The Flannel Mist Belgian Quad 10.7% ABV 24 IBU The Flannel Mist is a Belgian-Style Quadruple that parades the complex character of dark fruit and the brightness of fresh cherry over a spicy Belgian nose. Velour Soccer Mom (2017) Sour - Ale 5.5% ABV 20 IBU Velour Soccer Mom is a crisp Sour Ale that is aged in oak barrels with fresh raspberries and hibiscus. It has a light body with a pink hue and was fermented with Brettanomyces, a wild yeast that lends a delightfully tarr character. What I LOVED: Wee Muckle Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy 10.2% ABV 30 IBU Wee Muckle is a large, malt-balanced ale with huge toffee flavors and hints of port-like character. Wee Muckle was the winner of the Gold Medal in the Scotch Ale category at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival. When the Lights Go Out Porter - Other 6.3% ABV 24 IBU When the Lights Go Out is a porter brewed with locally roasted coffee for maximum aroma balanced with creamy malt sweetness and a dry finish.
  3. bigntall1983

    3rd time is the charm?

    This brew was the first batch that actually tasted good. Still has that slight off taste which I think is either the extract "twang" or from the Mr beer yeast.
  4. bigntall1983

    Too Much Cold Crash?

    Tough loss, we almost had it. But IMO I count it as a win, the team played decent for 3 quarters... lol Hundley looked much better i think.
  5. bigntall1983

    3rd time is the charm?

    Glad to hear it! I still have another weekish to wait. I did 4 bottles with the Mr Beer carb drops (thats all I had enough left for) and the rest i used table sugar, i have actually temp controlled the bottle conditioning this time so hopefully I will get better results than the previous 2 batches. I will probably toss one in the fridge wednesday and test on saturday or sunday
  6. bigntall1983

    What type of beer do I like?

    I think I have been mistaken. I think that this "cidery" taste is not actually cidery but either the "extract twang" I have read about or the "off" flavor from the MR B yeast. I have brewed 3 batches, and the last one i am 100% sure it was not over 66F at any time during fermentation or pitching, and it has that same taste. I will know for sure after I try another batch with different yeast. But so far this infected batch does not taste bad just has that "twang"
  7. bigntall1983

    3rd time is the charm?

    UPDATE: OG - 1.040 @ 60F FG - 1.010 @ 64F ABV%-3.9%? Does this look right? 3 weeks in fermenter at 64F (plus/minus 2F) Does this look right?
  8. bigntall1983

    3rd time is the charm?

    Nice! I will be doing the same next week. Will post updates as well.
  9. bigntall1983

    3rd time is the charm?

    I have 2 bottles of the Aztek in the fridge to try again tomorrow, without looking at my calendar I believe they are 6 or 7 weeks in the bottle now. If its to... crappy I will try drinking it with some drink mix like I have read of others doing just so they could drink a bad batch rather than dumping. I made a few errors with the Aztek, i pitched to warm and there was definitely an infection, i think it was lacto? Others have advised me to drink quickly as the sour from infections can take time to become prominent. I am hoping that the changes to my process and a stronger flavored refill will make a difference. IF not the next step will be to try a yeast besides mr b.
  10. bigntall1983

    3rd time is the charm?

    American Lager was the first batch, it was just OK, but got better the more time in the bottles but never got "good" just drinkable. The 2nd was Aztec Cervesa... i pitched that one too hot (75f) and got infected. It is very cidery. I also have realized that the room i have the bottles conditioning is right around 70 if not slightly cooler. I will be making sure to condition this batch at 72+ It is definitely a learning experience
  11. bigntall1983

    3rd time is the charm?

    My first 2 brews were... disappointing. Just brewed up a standard Oktoberfest refill (no booster). Did things differently this time, I bought some Star San to use rather than the Mr. Beer no-rinse, I pitched at 60f, will be fermenting at 64f for the duration, I got a silicone whisk to use rather than hard plastic, side-cut can opener ( my old one would leave shavings that I had to fish out), I whisked after pitching. And I actually remembered to take an OG reading lol! OG - 1.040 @ 60F FG - ABV%- I will update as I progress.
  12. bigntall1983

    What type of beer do I like?

    was cidery at 4 weeks in bottle. will try another this weekend
  13. bigntall1983

    newbie question- should I be worried?

    LMAO! Didn't even think of that when I posted...
  14. bigntall1983

    newbie question- should I be worried?

    UPDATE: Still no head retention, but did get a little head for a minute after pour. Tastes much better, I will wait another week to put the next bottle in fridge. Good test to see how my homebrew matures over time.
  15. bigntall1983

    newbie question- should I be worried?

    I had only put 2 in the fridge, the first and last. I will give it another week for sure.
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