I was brewing the Kiwi Express (my 3rd batch, first 2 batches of beer were great). I followed the same process…only difference is I used an outdoor burner and boiled the wort pretty hard.
3 weeks in primary
7 days prior to bottling I tossed the dry-hops directly into the primary
I noticed all the hops just sitting on top of the wort so I very gently ‘swirled’ the carboy to get some to drop down then left it for a week.
When bottling, I noticed there was a little carbonation and assumed it had to do with dryhopping so I filled 40 bottles. When I tasted a little sample, it had a very strong green apple flavor… nothing like I was expecting… but thought maybe conditioning would fix it.
4 days after bottling, I tested one and as soon as I popped the cap the beer overflowed out of the bottle because it was so carbonated. Tried a second bottle to see if it was a ‘fluke’ … same thing.
The beer smells and tastes awful… like a very strong apple/sour taste/odor.
First batch that has ever come out bad… any thoughts on what could’ve gone wrong? Very disappoined that I dropped $55, spent a lot of time, and now have to dump them down the drain so would like to avoid this on my next batch!