After the not-so-hot first review of my blonde ale, I let the remaining beer carbonate for an additional week in my closet before being refrigerated. There are not any pictures because the color and clarity are unchanged after additional carbonation. What did change was the sweetness. The extra week allowed the yeast time to ferment the remaining sugars that make the beer overly sweet before. The new flavor profile resembles the American blonde ales I am accustomed to. The result of this extra time also created a highly carbonated brew. Thinking back on my brewing process, the fermentation time was the minimum 7 days, so I expect that my impatience resulted in an incomplete fermentation, which passed unfermented sugars on to the carbonation phase. Coupled with the granulated sugar I added for carbonation, the sugar content made the beer overly sweet when i opened one bottle before carbonation finished and overly carbonated after adequate carbonation time.

Overall, this first batch taught me about the Mr. Beer brewing process as well as some of the intricacies of this simplified process. My second batch has now been in the fermenter for over 2 weeks, which should be sufficient time for fermentation to complete before bottling this weekend. I am excited for round 2!

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