It is my first home brew. The batch size was 10ltr. I used 100% wheat malt of 2 kgs and used bitter orange peel of 36gm instead of Hop. The OG was1.02 and FG is 1.01 after 14 days of fermentation using Safale S04 of 11.5g at 25 - 27°C. After 14 days though it taste like flat beer but the colour is very light golden and it taste too much citrusy... I have attached an image of it Kindly suggest what may go wrong...

Very light golden hazy beer with citrus flavour

  • First off that bottle will not hold pressure. You need to use a beer bottle with a crown cap or a swing top that are built to hold pressure. I'm sure all your co2 escaped around that cork. Also, did you use sugar to "prime" it so it will create co2 in the bottle? Nov 20, 2017 at 14:39

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As farmersteve said that bottle isn't going to work for carbonating. You need a bottle that will be air tight, and to add a priming sugar.

Cloudy is to be expected from 100% wheat.

About the citrus balance, I think the 1.24oz / 36gm of peel was fine. And the amount of grain was good. You just had poor effenciency.

Your OG is about half what it should have been with that recipe I get a target OG of 1.044 at 75 % efficiency with the volumes and weights you provided. So it's going to basically have half of the other attributes of the malt too, which is why the citrus is over bearing.

Maybe if you can update with the exact kind of wheat you used and your brew process we can help with the efficiency problem.

  • The wheat used is an Indian Medium Hard Bread Wheat called Lokwan B.... Which had been soaked in water for 12 hrs then sprouted for 3 days and dried in sun for 4 days... Then crushed to malt... But unfortunately I have kept the malt for a month... Then I used it for brewing... Nov 20, 2017 at 15:26
  • @RajarsheeMajumdar wow you malted your own grain, that's awsome! Malting grain is not an easy process, this would explain most of the effenciency issue. Nov 20, 2017 at 15:32
  • To me I feel these are really easy out in India.... But getting the end product is quite tough... I'm not sure about my beer... Nov 20, 2017 at 15:35
  • @RajarsheeMajumdar unfortunately I don't think there's a way to fix the balance issue of the citrus, aside from blending with more beer. The carbonation can be though, by adding priming sugar and bottling in sealed bottles. Also in malting, the germination is terminated just before the sprout comes out. If allowed to sprout too much it may have used most of the sugars to do so. Nov 20, 2017 at 15:38
  • Thanks buddy for your suggestions... Firstly I just want to understand whether my process and the ingredients were right... and the photo that I have uploaded does it looks like beer... If there are any necessary changes I need to adept kindly suggest... I'm ready to try it again with 50% wheat and 50% barley... Nov 20, 2017 at 15:54

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