Oktoberflop

Every bottle of this beer I open gives me the same result you would get if you put a Mentos in a Coke. The funny thing was, once I was able to taste the beer, it seemed fine! I didn’t know what went so wrong but this is why we have friends who are way better at brewing beer than I am. In this  case, advice came from the wonderful Jen McPoland who won best in show for this year’s Fall Classic.

Who asked me: Did you put too much bottling sugar in?

Now, I’m pretty loosey-goosey when it comes to keeping records on my bottling because by then, the beer is done, right? What could go wrong?

But it’s possible is that I bottled this the same day as I set up a yeast starter and made a simple syrup for both, one that was too strong. Since there isn’t anything else wrong with this beer the simplest explanation is the most likely one.

As for the beer? Well, when it settles out, it’s pretty drinkable with a malt-forward nose and a mild flavor. It’s almost a summer ale instead of an autumn one.

Brew date: 9.6.14

Malt:
1 lb Vienna
3 lb Munich
1 lb Carahell
1 lb 2 Row

Fermentables: 4 lb LME

Hops:
1 oz Hallertau @ 60
1 oz Tettnang @60
.5 oz Hallertau @30
.5 oz Tettang @30

Yeast: Pacman Yeast from Light Hop, 2nd use.

OG: 1.06

FG: 1.014

Secondary 9.17, bottled 9.25

ABV: 6.2%

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