Homebrewers, What is Your Nemesis beer?
It seems as most homebrewers I have meet always have a nemesis beer. A beer that always seems to have a monkey wrench thrown in every time you brew it and it never comes out the way you want it. For the longest time IPA’s were my nemisis. I like my IPA’s to by extremely fragrant, decent hop flavor and very malty. I took me a long time to figure this combination out. I think my latest IPA, a black IPA with Nelson Sauvin hops has finally got me over the edge of that beast.
However my newest nemesis is the English Pale Ale. I can’t get the yeast right on this beer. I continue to get this pear ester that is driving me nuts. Each time I keep dropping the temp of fermentation to avoid it. I’m getting closer, but I’m still not satisfied with this style.
What is or have been your nemesis beers and what are you doing to tame the beast?