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  1. I was thinking I'm pitching too warm
  2. I was room temp at 67 to 69 for that batch. Two batches since then I've brought the room temp down to 64 to 66. That's the same from day 1 to 21.
  3. Can anyone shed some light on sour beer for me? I had pint at local craft beer bar recently. I'm a fan. I'm assuming champagne yeast is used. Like a cider but it was very dry and not as sweet.
  4. Yes. I'm just not sure if it's a conditioning thing or I'm not getting the wort temps low enough when I'm making it. I'm using cold water but I don't think I'm getting it cold enough from what I'm reading.
  5. Really? Aztec cerveza still too green after 6 and 7 weeks? Btw, sampling my new batch of Canadian blonde with lme. 24 hours cold crashed and 4 weeks conditioned. Still cloudy and slightly cidery. Can home brews be cleared up?
  6. I'm way late on finding this post but I have the same problem. 7,8 weeks of conditioning and still "yeasty"/mildly cidery. So I'm having my first bottle of a new batch of Canadian blonde that's been bottled for 4 weeks. I cold crashed this batch in the lbk for 24 hours before bottling. Tastes the same. I don't refrigerate long before drinking though. Anywhere from 6 hours to a day. Just long enough to get it cold. Anyway, 4th batch, still cloudy, still yeasty, still cidery. Any advice? Or is this just e way of the home brew?
  7. So I'm finishing up a batch of Aztec cerveza that I bottle six or seven weeks ago. This is the same batch I had a couple cidery bottles from the last couple weekends. Tonight I'm enjoying a bottle with none of the cider taste. It's dryer and a little seltzery. Not bad though. Added a little fresh squeezed grapefruit to the glass to brighten it up. The first half dozen bottles I drank in weeks 3 through 5 tasted "normal", then I ran into the cider. Now a little different variation. It really interests me how one batch can produce subtle differences. Differences that I'm not sure are the product of conditioning . And I'm still not convinced those two cidery ones weren't the result of being the bottom of the barrel.
  8. Coop

    Taste test

    Yeah it's probably doomed.
  9. Coop

    Taste test

    Yeah I just slip a shot glass under the spigot so I don't disturb it. I'm always curious to see how it's taking shape. Usually it just tastes like flat beer. These were much different. Rambling red was the first time I've used a booster. The patriot didn't have a booster but that was the first time I've steeped hops. May be a disaster, may be a hit. Time will tell.
  10. Coop

    Taste test

    Ferment. I know it's miles away but I was just curious. I always take a teaspoon nip off every batch I've made. These two are the first I've been able to taste alcohol in.
  11. Dang, had a tiny sneak taste of my roses rambling red and powerful patriot at the end of week 2. Both were very alcohol forward if you will. Not that I'm complaining. Curious to see where they end up.
  12. Dang! Had just a tiny sneak taste of my roses rambling red and my powerful patriot at the end of week 2 in the lbk's.  Both were primarily alcohol forward if you will. Not that I'm complaining. Very curious to see where they end up.

  13. Come take a shower at my place and use only the cold knob. Then check your formula and let me know if it's cold or not. Lol.
  14. The instructions say to fill the lbk then top off with cold water. I've only used cold tap water, never refrigerated water. I didn't read anything about refrigerated water until now. Maybe my cold tap water isn't cold enough.
  15. Coop

    Cidery

    I was researching the wort temp controllers and as luck would have it we need a new refrigerator. The old one will work perfectly in the garage for my brewing endeavors.
  16. Coop

    Cidery

    I'll have to look for something. Sounds much easier.
  17. Coop

    Cidery

    well I've got the conditioning part nailed.
  18. Coop

    Cidery

    If I were to start adding frozen bottles to my plastic tote I keep the lbk's in, would it have to be done from the start to do any good. I'm a week in on two batches. Basically I have a plastic storage tote just large enough to hold my lbk's. So what's an effective method. Just keeping a couple frozen water bottles on the sides? And this is for fermentation only correct, not used in conditioning? Also it seems like this would have the temp constantly varying. Isn't that worse?
  19. Coop

    Cidery

    No booster. No additional sugar. I would say 68 to 72 room temp the whole time. Still haven't got a gauge for my wort. No heating or cooling. Just tried to keep the room at that temp range. But it was only 2 bottles out of 8 that it was noticable. Reading the forums it appears nthat this is a pretty common theme.
  20. Coop

    Cidery

    Strange though. Been sampling a couple bottles a week for last three weeks and these last 2 were the only ones I noticed it in. Still wonder if they were the bottom of the barrel bottles. Maybe i ll keep track of bottles on next batch.
  21. Coop

    Cidery

    From what I'm reading may be fermentation temps were too high. 68,70 for duration
  22. Coop

    Cidery

    So my second attempt is pretty good but I can taste room for improvement. My Aztec Mexican cervezas has been conditioning for 5 weeks. It's pretty good but has a little more cidery taste than desired. From what I'm reading, too much sugar at bottling can cause this. I'm using the recommend two tablets per 750 ml bottle. Not much head, but good carbo. How do I remedy this slight cidery taste.
  23. had a busy day. bottled my St. Patricks stout and canadian blonde. Also got a batch of roses rambling red and a batch of powerful patriot in the lbk's. first attempt steeping hops. should be interesting. Also enjoyed a few of my aztec mexican cervezas last night. 5 weeks conditioned. very good exept one bottle was cidery. i wonder if it was the last bottle and got a little too much trub in it. i noticed the trub in the lbk was cidery smelling. i suppose thats normal. the rest of the batch has been very good. my next effort will be a higher abv ipa.
  24. Btw, steeped first hop recipie. You tube instructional video was great help.
  25. Thanks. I now see that there are directions on the site with the recipes. Duh.
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