I just bottled my first batch using the deluxe kit, Irish Red. I did my best to follow the directions, especially sanitizing. The beer was in the primary the full two weeks, 3.5 weeks in the secondary, and now I wait for bottle conditioning. I do not have a gravity kit so I haven’t a clue what I’m at.
I decided to taste my beer with what small amount was left that wouldn’t have filled a bottle and it tasted rather soapy/fruity. I’m certain the fruity flavors were from fermenting too warm because I made a post about my primary fermentation a month ago.
The soapy flavor is throwing me for a loop. I did a quick google and one page said that the beer was in the primary for too long after fermentation completed and the fatty acids started to break down. Is this accurate and if so at what point or what should I look for in primary fermentation to know when the fermentation is complete (when the krausen falls?)?
Any advice is very welcomed and appreciated. Thanks.