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Patrick C.
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Registered: 01-2001
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Posted on Friday, September 16, 2005 - 06:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I made a heavyweight Oktoberfest (all Vienna malt, OG 1.070, WLP 830) a few months ago, and at kegging time I had an extra gallon. Not sure how this happened, since the OG was higher than I expected too. Anyway, I didn't have room in the fridge so this extra beer was left in the garage for most of the summer. It went in the lagering fridge a few weeks ago after I made some space.
I tapped it last night and was shocked at the taste. The beer that had been left out at high temperatures was like a Strong Golden- very fuity, light bodied, and a noticeable alcohol warmth. The beer that was kept cold had no esters, no alcohol taste, and was much more malty and full bodied. I don't think it was contaminated with wild yeast, as the keg was previously filled with star-san.
This is probably something I'd never be able to duplicate- just amazed at how different the results were when the only changes were after primary fermentation was over.