I've brewed a lot of
Brown Ales, and one thing I have noticed from batch to batch is fairly swift
The beer will taste excellent after two weeks of conditioning. I'll be able to pick up various malt contributions and fruity hop flavors. I used flaked corn in my my most recent batch and it really added a complexity and smoothness to the flavor.
The problem is, it seems, after 3 weeks or so, they all start tasting the same, and all of the subtle flavors I picked up in the first few bottles seems to disappear completely. For clarification, these are All Grain batches that are conditioned in bottles.
I'm not sure if this is my taste buds failing me, or if the beer is actually degrading that quickly.
This is something you won't typically see happening in a commercial beer, meaning, you can open a beer that's been bottled for months, and it will still taste the same as you'd expect.
I'm sure commercial breweries are using preservatives of some kind, so what if anything might be the culprit in my process and what can I do about it?
A few ideas are:
- Possible contamination that doesn't present itself right away
- Overly carbonated (though I have been careful about this the last few batches)
- Under carbonated (maybe I'm picking up residual sweetness)
- Lighter body beers degrade faster?
- Exposure to light (I keep these in my closet which is usually dark, however)
- Storage temperature (House temp is usually between 60 and 75 degrees)
- Poorly crafted recipes that don't hold up over time
Here are a few of the Recipes in question, for reference.
http://brewgr.com/recipe/679/brown-moose-ale-northern-english-brown-ale-recipe http://brewgr.com/recipe/1073/brown-bog-ale-american-brown-ale-recipe http://brewgr.com/recipe/1419/brown-moose-ale-v2-northern-english-brown-ale-recipe http://brewgr.com/recipe/2115/brown-moose-ale-v3-northern-english-brown-ale-recipe