Friday, June 24, 2011

Bad Beer Tasting II

As much as we home brewers may not like to admit it, not all of our batches turn out as 'well' as we intend. Yet, while some brewers will gladly drink their sh*tty beer and proclaim how good it is - never admitting they might have messed up - I'm a bit more honest than that. Bad beer is bad beer, admit your mistakes, learn from them, and move on. In this instance, I had a batch of English Mild that turned out pretty crappy. The beer was a slight variation on my standard dark Mild recipe and was brewed with the assistance of a friend during a day of BBQ'ing and drinking. That right there is reason enough for a batch to turn out bad - when you are too drunk and full of food to care about proper brewing, how can you expect good things? Adding to the trainwreck of a brew day, I ended up leaving this beer in the primary for 37 days. What a waste of ingredients and yeast.

Standard Mild : Dark Mild

Appearance – Pours a somewhat hazy, ruby-brown color with a low white head that quickly dissipates to a fine ring. Carbonation is a medium-low. Color is not quite right for this batch.

Aroma – Not terribly aromatic; mild roast, toffee, and coffee with some light fruity esters.

Taste – Not what I was looking for. Medium flavor with some light caramel and chocolaty roast and finishes with a lot of watery coffee flavor. No hop aroma or bitterness is detectable. Fruity esters are medium, with pear and pineapple (!). Not very malty or satisfying. 

Mouthfeel – Thin, watery, with a bit of prickly carbonation. Goes down easy, pretty drinkable considering the flavor is not where it is supposed to be.

Drinkability & Notes – Not terrible, but not good either. Reminds me of a beginner's extract brew that  had some fermentation issues. I suspect this batch may have a slight contamination, due to the lack of head retention and the tropical fruity esters. Sitting in the primary fermenter for nearly 40 days definitely did not help this one. I probably won't finish drinking this batch as I got good beer on tap and I don't see the value in getting fat on crap beer. 

O.G: 1.043, F.G: 1.010, 4.3% ABV, 21 IBU, Wyeast 1318 London Ale III

1 comment:

  1. Good on you for writing about your failures as well as your successes.

    More people will probably learn from the mistakes of others than the successes, which means more good beer for all.

    Homebrewing is always a humbling experience, glad you realize that.



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