A feeble whisper, and no more
As the cap was lifted, the smell of bread.
My beer was dead... my beer was dead.
O, Woe! for yeast played out and weak,
The hops and malt and time I'm mourning,
My poor home brew is dead a-borning.
Yes, my first attempt at home brewing in over a decade has come to naught. I suspect the yeast was not fresh, which is my own fault. I knew it was several months old (like, ten) but the date stamped on the packet said it should still be good. According to other sources I have read, though, one should never risk using yeast that old. I was afraid something wasn't right when the brew only bubbled for about a day, whereas before I could count on a few days of fermentation action.
It tasted green, displayed no appreciable carbonation and was just repellent in every way. As I say, when I opened the cap, it didn't smell like beer, but like bread, which again makes me suspect the yeast.
I'll check with my local experts and purchase some NEW yeast for my upcoming Oktoberfest brew. Stay tuned.
Advice or input from other home brewers would be welcome in the combox.