Epic homebrewing fail
June 18, 2014 9:38 AM Subscribe
I've got a very weak and too tart berry beer in primary/secondary. I'd like to avoid tossing it, but as it stands, this stuff is not drinkable. Can you help me fix it?
posted by kitcat to Food & Drink (19 answers total)
I made a series of dumb mistakes in my first ever batch of beer. It's a light ale from a kit. Here is what I did:
1. Added way too much water, although I didn't realize this until later. Starting gravity was 1.02. Probably added an extra 6 or 8 litres.
2. Noticed that it didn't seem to ferment. No krausen. I, kept it in primary for two weeks.
3. Finally realized my error. Tested gravity, turns out there was some fermentation giving it a 2% alcohol content. Tasted it, noted it was horribly weak.
4. Asked homebrewing store person what I might do to add some flavor. He suggested berries.
5. I racked to secondary and added about 3 lbs of mixed berries, about a 1/3 package brewer's yeast and about 3/4 cup of dextrose. Krausen formed, airlock bubbled.
It's been a week and a half since I racked to secondary and made those last additions (you could kind of say that it's in primary/secondary given the new yeast pitched). I tasted it last night. The concoction is quite tart, definitely not sweet enough, and still not flavorful enough. Can it be saved - can I still come out with something that's drinkable at least by forgiving friends and family? How? I don't know what the hell I'm doing...