Hello all, first time post here. Bought a MR beer kit about a month or so ago one sale and started with the included CAL...Heres is my timeline of events, lol. Created : May 16th 2013 Fermentation : Day 1, No activity, Room Temp
Day 2, no activity in the morning..Room temp. Checked again later at night - some activity present.
Day 3, morning, looked like it was going to explode, temp rose a bit, close to 76-78, most likely because it was a hotter day combined with fermentation activity...had to relocate to basement where its a good 10 degrees cooler
Day 4, still activity, maybe a cm or so of trub
Day 5, everything seemed to settle down
Day 6 - Flew to Germany until June 4th
June 5th - Smelled like flat beer, tasted like flat beer, bottled. I was a little worried because my beer was very cloudy, but bottled anyways. I have since invested in a hydrometer Bottling (Done June 5th) - Mr Beer 1l Pet bottles. MR Beer says 2 1/2 tsp of sugar, I did about 1.8
Day 1 - Nothing
Day 4 - Bottles hardening, still very cloudy
Day 5 - Bottles very hard, seemingly overnight they have cleared up and look great. First test : June 29th. Still not ready to drink. Carbonation is good, but beer still has a cider taste...I think I now know what other guys mean when they say that "extract twang"..Taste of beer is starting to come through though, hopefully 2 more weeks and it will be more drinkable. I am making my way up to more advanced techniques. My next brew with be MB Oktoberfest with Smooth LME. After that I will do MB Czech Pilsener, with LME, and Saaz boil, essentially the Partytime Pilsener recipe but with Czech hops.