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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:10 pm
by triple-oh_six
Good job guys, sorry I couldn't help.
I'll pick my carboy up this week.

Prost

PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 12:48 pm
by aleguy
seems like the beer should be about ready to go into the cooler.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:53 pm
by alms66
Well, I just cracked open the two I took home. The AG was fully carbonated, while the KIT was only partially so. The good news is that color and flavor seem identical to me, the bad news is I have to agree with Aleguy - that's one skunky tasting beer.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 7:44 pm
by yeastmeister
Time to go into the cooler, but still too young to tell what its going to finally taste like. It will change flavors dramatically after its been in the cooler for 2 weeks. RDWHAHB, it will turn out fine. Besides, if its skunked, then its closer to a commercial beer than a homebrew. The general public will probably like it better. Either way, don't give up on it yet, cold aging can do wonders.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:08 pm
by yeastmeister
Beer is in the cooler. Should be ready for an initial tasting at the club meeting on December 9th, not exactly the 2 weeks I normally give beers to mellow in the cold, but its better than nothing.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:41 pm
by yeastmeister
Ok, took one of each home. Chilled them for several hours, just opened up the AG. Lightly carbonated, nice color, clear. Unlike the other opinion, I taste no skunkiness, no off flavors that I can determine. Still a little green however, should be nice in 2 weeks of cold storage.

Overall, from this initial tasting, I'd say its more along the lines of BJCP style 8a Ordinary Bitter (English Pale Ale), mind you that we replicated the kit ingredients that claimed it was a "Pale Ale", it doesn't have much of any hop aroma, although it has a nice bitterness to it. It seems to match the BJCP guidelines for this beer pretty spot on.

Generally, I'm happy with what I taste so far from the AG.

Tried the kit brew about 1/2 hour later. Lightly carbonated (about the same as the AG), nice color, clear. No skunkiness or off flavors detected. Still a little green as well.

Overall, same flavor, and about the same bitterness in both beers. Should be interesting to try them side by side, which I did not do.

Both of them will be available for consumption at the club meeting on the 9th. I expect to argue with aleguy and alms66 then over skunkiness. :)