Hello, I need some help with a batch of Chinook IPA I tried to brew. The colors in the fermenter were pale and almost a murky yellow. However, the video I watched for the Chinook, showed a much darker, richer looking IPA. I tried the wort after it completed Primary Fermentation 10 days after brewing, and the flavor was bland and almost expired tasting if that makes any sense. I have now moved the wort to the secondary fermenter, where I added the dry hops in and am now waiting for another week before bottling day. However, I am expecting this batch to be ruined.
We brewed on an electric stove top, and to be honest, the boiling that we saw happen was not an aggressive boil over as I’ve seen in other cases, but was rather mellow and unreactive. Even when we added the hops, nothing significant occurred at the boiling stage.
My theory for what could have happened was.
A: The wort did not boil as intended causing a change in flavors.
B: The temperature in my house (approx: 76-78F) was too hot for the yeast to properly convert the sugars into alcohol.
C: Too much sediment went into the primary fermenter when we first transferred the wort.
Any idea what else could have gone wrong? Other than what was previously stated, we followed instructions very meticulously. Everything was sanitized properly and we had good bubbling during fermentation all the way til the transferring into the secondary fermenter, which was also properly sanitized. Krauzen had developed well creating a nice 1-inch approx, head of foam.
Help? Is this batch ruined? Should I wait til I add the priming sugars?