I'm an extract brewing beginner. My first batch, an Irish Red, had decent head, decent retention, decent mouthfeel. I bottled after 2 weeks in fermentation, and bottle conditioned for the following 2 weeks. The beer was not bad.
Problem batch: I picked up the stuff for a Manny's Pale Ale clone. Brewing process was good. I got a chance to use my brand new wort chiller (cleaned and sanitized properly before hand obviously) I kept it in the primary fermenter for 3 weeks until the gravity readings were the same each day for 3 days. I then bottled and have let it bottle condition for 2 weeks. Cracked one open. AWFUL. No head at all. The carbonation looked like a half flat cola left out overnight. It is damn near a hard cider that gives off the worst bitter beer taste ive encountered.
2 bad things happened during the overall process, and Im curious if these could have contributed to the problems.
1.) Almost had a blow off during primary. Replaced part of the 3 piece airlock with a sanitized tube, running into a growler full of sanitize solution (blow off tube). At one point about 2 weeks in when bubbling was slowing down, I noticed the other end of the tube had somehow come out of the sanitizer all together, and was open to the air. Id estimate it was open for at least 6 hours while I was at work. (fiance forgot to check before she left for work)
2.) When transfering to the bottling bucket, my priming sugar (3/4 cup, 1 cup water, boiled allowed to cool) was ...um...forgotten about. I started to syphon, and at about 4 gallons transfered I realized I had not put the solution into the bottom of the bucket. I poured it in on top....
I realize that this is going to be a drain pour more than likely.
Is there anything I can do to save it?
5 gallon batch