How to Identify and Fix Common Home Brew Beer Problems

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Brewing beer at home can be a fun hobby or simply a way to cut beer costs. However, no matter the reason, it can certainly be challenging. Whether you are using a home brew beer kit or winging it on your own, it can take a few times in order to get things right. It just means that you just have to try it and tweak it. If you are brewing up some sudsy brew at home learn how to first identify problems that you may encounter, and also how to fix them.

If you pop open a bottle and there isn’t any fizz, that is an indication that something may be off. The beer will taste a bit flat. Even if it doesn’t taste terrible, it’s best to try to resolve that problem or learn how to prevent it. The lack of fizz is likely because not enough sugar was added or you kept the beer in an area that is too cold. Yeast tends to thrive in warmer temperatures. Try not to store the beer anywhere that is less than 65 degrees.

Another issue can simply be an odd taste to the beer. Sometimes you just can’t put your finger on the problem but you know that it just doesn’t taste right. This is usually due to an issue with the yeast not fermenting long enough. It can also be due to the beer being stored in light colored bottles or being exposed to light. Ideally, store your home brewed beer in a dark place to preserve the taste.

While it’s true that homebrewed beer usually isn’t going to be as clear and uniform as the beer that you buy at a store, it shouldn’t be excessively murky either. Likely your beer will be a tad bit cloudy but if there are a lot of things floating in it or if it looks more than cloudy, that means that something is wrong. One issue might be that you have not sanitized things properly. That can cause issues with bacteria.

Fermentation appears to be the key for many problems with homebrewed beer. If you take a look at the beer and don’t see that fermentation is happening, it might be time to change things up. One telltale sign is that there is a bit of brown scum around the beer fermenter. That means that fermenting is happening as it should. If it hasn’t started by 38 hours, then add more yeast.

Don’t be discouraged if it takes a while to create a batch of beer that is perfect and suited to your tastes. Much of it is trial and error. Have fun doing it but keep an eye on problems and fix them accordingly.

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