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Heady Van Halen

Bottling question

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Sorry if wrong spot. First time here.

 

Have had issues with 500ml bottles being inconsistent in beer taste. Sanitized per instructions but still taste was off. My solution is when I bottle, use 64 oz growlers instead of 500 ml. Thought process is, it will help make it consistent; 2-3 bottles as opposed to 12-16 individual flavored bottles.....follow up to that, if I did the growlers, is there a way to let it sit for a couple weeks then split the growlers up into smaller bottles without losing taste/carbonation? Thanks!

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I bottle every batch I make. When you say the taste varies from bottle to bottle, are you drinking two or more at the same time? I ask because part of this hobby that I find fascinating is how the flavors develop, meld and change over time. While not an expert on growlers, if carbonating and conditioning, I would worry about any growler being pressure resistant.

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Taste will not vary by bottle.  No, you cannot transfer to smaller bottles.  Many growlers are NOT rated for carbonating beer, be careful.  I bet you're:

 

a) not making Mr. Beer

 

B) pouring the trub into your glass

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I’m nowhere near ready for a non Mr. Beer kit; currently have a Bewitched kit in the keg. In my other beers I’ve made I’ll typically have 2 bottles at a time and a batch would last about two months. Rick, I know you say the flavor shouldn’t be different but it has been different in the past even amongst those two bottles I would have. I’ve brewed 6 batches so far and it’s been 50/50 on flavors....any thoughts as to why? I’m open to suggestions. Thanks for the heads up on the growlers and future info!

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I've never had different flavors in different bottles.  When you bottle, you should not be getting trub into the bottles.  See my signature for preventing that.  When you pour, you want to not stir up the trub on the bottom of the bottle.  Using a 64 ounce bottle you're guaranteed to stir it up.  Trub will change the taste, dead yeast doesn't taste wonderful.

 

The taste will be different if you either drink it too soon (not waiting at least 4 weeks), or drink them weeks / months apart. Flavors mellow/blend over time.

 

You should go back to the small bottles.  

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It's more stirring it up.  You don't want it in your glass.  Many people just pour the bottle out, trub and all (some forms from the sugar that's carbonating it).  A little won't hurt, but if you dump in a lot it will taste off.

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