Finally opened the budget ale. I shouldn't have expected much, and didn't get much, satisfaction. Oh well, it only cost me three bucks. The honey, malty flavor described before has nearly disappeared, replaced by a hop bitterness. I like hops. I love hops. The problem is that there isn't enough of a malt backbone to it. Very dry in the initial taste, as well as in the finish. A bit of an aftertaste of honey, but not much.
Why, you ask? Here's what I think:
The less-than-specified amount of priming sugar I added was good for the first few days or week. After that, the yeast having been given a kick start and sugar high, went to work on the remaining malt. Maybe they weren't done in the first place. After all, it's been colder here recently so they may have slowed down. For the two or so weeks they lived in the bottles, they gobbled up the priming sugar and then gobbled up remaining fermentables. Damn, yeast, you are greedy. And probably fat.
So, the obvious solution is to blame it on the yeast. None of it was my fault, and I can do nothing wrong. The yeast, however, can cause me to fail. But me, I'm perfect...
There's always next time.
Cheers, brothers, and happy brewing!