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Old 10-13-2008, 11:31 PM   #1
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I brewed a batch of IPA two weeks ago (extract plus grains). I drew a sample on Saturday, and it has a distinct metallic aftertaste. I did use a new stainless steel brewpot and false bottom purchased from my LHBS, but my understanding is that stainless steel should not impart any metallic tastes.

Yesterday I took the lid off the brewpot with the false bottom in it, and smelled it. Smelled like metal to me! I took out the false bottom, and rinsed/scrubbed it, as well as the brewpot. Now the brewpot doesn't smell metallic at all, but the false bottom does have a bit of a metal smell (especially on the welds).

Has anyone had this happen to them? Was there a specific type of prep I should have done to the false bottom before using it? Is there any chance that the metallic flavor will fade with time?

Thanks!
Doug

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Old 10-13-2008, 11:38 PM   #2
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Metal smelling like metal is not something to freak out about. I vote your beer is green, 2 weeks is not long enough to judge the final taste. Wait and see what the master jedi's have to say...

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Old 10-13-2008, 11:44 PM   #3
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I've had it a couple of times.
Once when brewing with an enameled steel pot with a chip in it. I noticed the chip after the brew, and immediately retired the pot.
The other time was when using Wyeast 1028. After about 3 weeks in the keg, it tasted very metallic. I put the keg to one side for 4 - 6 weeks, and then tried it again. It was fine.

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Old 10-14-2008, 09:55 PM   #4
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I'm convinced that my 'no rinse' iodophor was doing the same thing to my beers. Of course it could have been that I was not diluting enough.

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