I know this is a forum aimed at real brewing but, as a would-be brewer, I thought I’d start out with some kits and, having problems, would really appreciate some help.
I seem to be suffering from a very marmitey beer whenever I make beer from kits.
I’ve tried 5 or so now, different types of beer by different manufacturers. The final result always tastes or smells very marmitey. Yeasty isn’t even the word. If you said I was sniffing or drinking bovril I would believe you.
At first I stuck to the manufacturers instructions religiously, did the gravity tests daily, and took the beer from the fermentor to the bottle when the gravity was as described in the instructions. Always the beer, after a few weeks in the bottle, smelt very yeasty.
Lots of users on another forum suggested that the instructions in kits are always wrong and that I should leave the beer in the fermenter for weeks, sometimes months, in order to ferment it correctly and remove the smell or taste. I’ve just tried one that was left for nearly a month and STILL it tastes like bovril (not unpleasant if you wanted bovril beer).
I’m guessing I’m doing something wrong but I can’t see what. Some people also say, with a shrug, that thats what you get with a kit and call it ‘tang’ common with kits. I can’t believe this at all. I appreciate kits may not be amazing compared to all grain but I assume they must be drinkable as beer (this isnt though it clearly does have alcohol in it).
I actually have the all grain gear all ready to start grown-up brewing but I’d prefer to know that I can do it before I start (that and my misses wants to know I’m not going to waste it while we can still return it )
Any suggestions? Any ideas?