I am stumped here, I brewed the following beer, it came out tasting like a nice chardonnay. To top it off, it’s not not carbing in the bottle-after 2 weeks, nothing and absolutrely no sediment. It looks like a belgian I’ve done in the past that took a month or so to carb…so here’s the recipe. I performed a starter, but it was very warm in my kitchen where the stir plate was (been a very warm fall here in the east). I fermented in the low 60’s for 4 weeks, and when I tell you this beer was clear, ma this beer was clear-but that’s what I was looking for. So my questions.
the off flavor-probably a result of the kolch yeast being fermented too 1. high, I can live with that, but it wasn;t like it was 80…but maybe the starter was, but did I pitch to much yeast and kill it?
2. is it possible an infection would cause this? There was no evidence of that
3. I’m told that the fruitiness is classis with this strain, but it wasn;t that bad with an octoberfest I did. Also, I didn;t crash cool this, and I never has a problem carbonating beer after only 4 weeks in the carboy, especially since I did not secondary this and definitely picked up some yeast when transferring to the bottling bucket…where the heck is it? I’ve seen nothing on the bottom of the bottles and just a tiny psst when I open one…this is driving me nuts, but also concerning me that I have an infection somewhere and I have a saison to bottle tonight.
Funniest part about all this, is that I named this beer “What the Helles”…and that’s what I’ve been saying about it ever since.
7.5 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM)
.50 lb Munich Malt (9.0 SRM)
.50 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM)
0.25 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)
1.5 oz Tettnang [3.20%] (60 min)
1 tube German Ale/Kolsch (White Labs #WLP029) Yeast-Ale in a 600ml starter-24hr
Mash in 2.85 gallons 165 degree water for 90 minutes, target 154
Mash out with 2 gallons 180 degree water
Sparge with 3.50 gallons 170 degree water
*Pilsner malt, boil 90 minutes
Mash at 154 for 90 minutes.
Super easy beer to make, should be a crowd pleaser for the macro crowd over the upcoming holidays.
Target OG 1.042 Actual OG 1.048