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Old 08-13-2010, 01:25 AM   #1
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Default frustration setting in - beer getting worse

I've been brewing for a few years now and I am coming to the painful realization that my beers are getting worse, not better. I am not at the point of giving up, but I am quite frustrated at my lack of progress. Seems like in the beginning of all grain, simply using the free nelson beer calculator on line and manually fly sparging and pretty much guessing my way through the beers were turning out better. A stir plate, batch sparging, stainless steel, beer tools pro, temperature controlled fermentation later, things simply have not been as consistently good.
Anyone else go through this?



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Old 08-13-2010, 01:28 AM   #2
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can you tell us what specifically about the beers is making them worse? All problems have a cause that can be fixed.



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Old 08-13-2010, 01:31 AM   #3
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Yeah, what do you mean getting worse? That could mean a lot of things.

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Old 08-13-2010, 02:54 AM   #4
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Several batches that tasted like bandaids - likely phenols, nearly zero hop aroma, minimal flavor, decent bitterness, NO luck with dry-hopping - seems like it is doing nothing.... Difficulty carbonating - typically under. I can't seem to get it together. A lot of them still have a slightly thin homebrewed taste as well.

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Old 08-13-2010, 02:58 AM   #5
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I personally found out that as time went on, and more batches brewed, sanitization (in particular cleaning) became more important, i.e. soaking EVERYTHING in B-Brite/Oxi-free. After 35 batches I bought a new bucket and some problems cleared up.

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Old 08-13-2010, 03:18 AM   #6
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Did you move recently and/or are using a different water source?

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Old 08-13-2010, 03:22 AM   #7
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I went through a similar period where I think most of my equipment was progressively getting dirtier as I got lazier. I had like 3 phenolic dumpers in a row.

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Do you treat your water in any manner.

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I occasionally read about people tossing equipment that they've had off batches in, and I'm curious how necessary this is. Is doing this actually a necessary practice?

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I occasionally read about people tossing equipment that they've had off batches in, and I'm curious how necessary this is. Is doing this actually a necessary practice?
Plastic equipment eventually needs to be thrown out, its the nature of the beast.


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