First Batch is Bottled!

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Re: First Batch is Bottled!

Post by Canuck » 7 years ago

When I used to bottle, I always let my bottles condition at room temperatures first (obviously). Conditioning at room temperature kinda melds the flavours together. When it was time to cold condition them, I had them in the fridge for about a week before I drank them. I have found that cold conditioning suspends the blending of the flavours and cleans up the taste.....if that makes sense. Cold conditioning for at least a few days will also help the trub in the bottle to solidify and will allow a cleaner pour.

So basically Wayne, I would say that you are not imagining anything. :)
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Re: First Batch is Bottled!

Post by Swivel » 7 years ago

Canuck wrote:So basically Wayne, I would say that you are not imagining anything. :)
People say I imagine quite a number of things, but it's good to know that perhaps this is not one of them. :$
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Re: First Batch is Bottled!

Post by birvine » 7 years ago

Canuck wrote:When I used to bottle, I always let my bottles condition at room temperatures first (obviously). Conditioning at room temperature kinda melds the flavours together. When it was time to cold condition them, I had them in the fridge for about a week before I drank them. I have found that cold conditioning suspends the blending of the flavours and cleans up the taste.....if that makes sense. Cold conditioning for at least a few days will also help the trub in the bottle to solidify and will allow a cleaner pour.

So basically Wayne, I would say that you are not imagining anything. :)
+1 All very true. Some bitterness will mellow. Some hop flavour will mellow and eventually diminish. 'Green' flavours will fade away.

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Re: First Batch is Bottled!

Post by Jack » 7 years ago

So which effects the beer more, the length of time it's at room temp or the length of time refrigerated? Do you normally just refrigerate for a week or two before drinking or do you store it refrigerated as well?
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Re: First Batch is Bottled!

Post by birvine » 7 years ago

You can store at room temp or chilled. I usually kept a few bottles in the fridge so I would have something ready. My kegs would be chilled for weeks or months. I don't 'know' but would say that what makes sense is that at room temp there would be a quicker change to some settling-out of flavour than if refrigerated. And theoretically, there will be some minute amount of sugar the increases the carbonation at room temp vs chilled.

I would say that after the point of 3-4 weeks (longer for a big beer) chilling or not will not make a big flavour change since the conditioning is likely mostly finished. Heavy beers (ex barley wines) can take months to properly condition.

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Re: First Batch is Bottled!

Post by cameronlaird » 7 years ago

What a difference a day can make. I put some bottles in the fridge on Friday night and have now cracked two. They both are well carbonated, and give a nice head at initial pour that sticks around somewhat through the whole glass. I'd say its about as much head as I'd expect for the style. See photo...

Gotta say I'm really proud of this batch (being my first), it tastes great and the alcohol content isn't bad either, after a pint I have that nice warm feeling in my face ;)
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Wheat Beer, note the head
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Re: First Batch is Bottled!

Post by Swivel » 7 years ago

Looks delish, Cameron, congrats on your first homebrew! Great feeling, isn't it?
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Re: First Batch is Bottled!

Post by outscidr » 7 years ago

looks tasty

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Re: First Batch is Bottled!

Post by Swivel » 7 years ago

When is the Internet going to allow us to *taste* stuff that's posted??
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Re: First Batch is Bottled!

Post by Canuck » 7 years ago

Congrats on your first batch Cameron, that's a fantastic looking brew. I gotta say, and I'm sure most home brewers will agree, that making a brew that tastes absolutely delicious is a pretty darn good feeling. Happy brewing!! :)

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